I love me a PB&J. Or an almond butter and J. Both are wonderful. And something I feel I appreciate more as an adult than as a child. Anyone else? Okay, maybe just me.
While I’m a nut butter fiend, I also appreciate a scrumptious jam or jelly. The issue, I find, with many at the store is that they’re so darn sweet.
I’m all about desserts, but when it comes to breakfast foods like yogurt, jams, and oatmeals, I’m very turned off but overly sweet things. Hence, I seek out sweetened-with-only-fruit jams (Crofter’s Organic is my favorite brand, and Trader Joe’s has some good options, as well) or I make my own homemade chia jam.
Chia seed jam is the easiest thing ever. All you do is add chopped up fruit, chia seeds, and a hint of lemon juice if you’re feeling fancy. If you want to up the sweetness factor, go ahead and add a tablespoon or two of sugar, honey, or syrup.
I find the chia seed jam perfect tangy and sweetened with only fruit, but you do you boo boo. Live your best jam life.
You can use pretty much whatever fruit you want for this recipe. I like to use frozen blueberries and/or strawberries the best. Just thaw and chop them up a bit, or mash at them with a fork. I like to leave some chunks in, but if you like smooth jam, I would suggest processing in a blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved.
This recipe also rocks because the chia seeds add a little boost of omega-3 fatty acids to your day. If you don’t eat a lot of fish or flax or hemp seeds, chia seeds can help you add some of these essential fatty acids to your day, which as a vegan, I appreciate.
This jam goes wonderfully on sandwiches, oatmeal, toast, and yogurt. The possibilities are endless! It will have you saying #ThatsMyJam.
I hope you make this jam and I hope you love it! If you do let me know. Comment below or hit me up on Insta (@katherinebaker4).
Have a good weekend everyone!
Easy Homemade Chia Jam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Fridge Time: At least 60 minutes
Servings: about 1 cup jam
- 1 cup chopped or mashed fresh or (thawed) frozen fruit of choice
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave (optional)
- Chop or mash fruit until desired consistency is reached. I like my jam a bit chunky, so I leave chunks in. If you desire smooth jam, process in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
- Allow jam to thicken in the refrigerator, for at least 1 hour, ideally 4-6 or overnight.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!