Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

This mixed berry chia seed jam is so quick and easy to make! No elaborate jam-making or canning required. Perfect for using up your summer fruit.

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Photography Credit: Lisa Lin

Berries, berries, berries! Nothing beats a bowl of ripe berries on a hot summer day.

I often get carried away at the farmers market and buy far more berries than I can eat within a week. One way I use up the extras is making this easy chia seed jam!

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

I am no expert when it comes to making jam, which is why I LOVE chia seed jam.

All you do is toss some chopped up fruit with sugar (or honey) and lemon juice, and cook the fruit until the pieces break down. Then, you stir in some chia seeds and let the jam cool.

The chia seeds absorb the extra liquid from the fruit and expand, acting as a natural thickener for the jam. That’s it!

It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, and it’s great for spreading on toast or stirring into yogurt.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

This mixed berry chia seed jam is a blend of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. However, you can use any combination of berries or fruits that you like. Just make sure that you start off with about 2 1/2 cups of fruit.

The jam tastes better if you use ripe berries, but you can always add another teaspoon or two of sugar if your berries are not quite ripe yet.

If you want an extra bit of zing in the jam, consider adding a teaspoon of grated ginger before you cook the fruits. The flavor of the ginger works very well with the berries!

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 to 2 cups jam

The blueberries and raspberries break down quite easily. If you want chunks of fruit in the jam, don’t chop the strawberries too finely. Consider halving small strawberries and cutting large strawberries into quarters.

Look for chia seeds at natural food stores in the baking aisle or with the other nuts and seeds. You can also order them online.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries (stems removed)
  • 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1/2 a lemon), plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds

Method

1 Combine the blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Give everything a quick stir to distribute the sugar.

2 Cook the fruits over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit breaks down. The fruit should look like a syrupy, runny sauce. (If you want a smooth jam without chunks, use the back of a wooden spoon or a fork to mash large chunks of fruit.

3 Remove the saucepan from heat. Mix in the chia seeds and let the jam sit for 10 minutes to thicken. Taste and add additional sugar or lemon juice to taste.

4 Cool to room temperature, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate. The jam will continue to thicken in the refrigerator. Store for up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

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Lisa Lin

Lisa Lin is the writer and photographer behind Healthy Nibbles & Bits, where she shares simple, gluten-free recipes. She grew up in San Francisco and spent time living in China and Washington, D.C. before moving back to California. Her recipes are often inspired by her time in China and travel throughout Southeast Asia.

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Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

7 Comments

  1. christina benages

    looks good will try it

  2. Maureen OMara

    Can this be frozen or canned? I would have too much to go through in a few weeks time so would want to preserve it for a longer period.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Maureen! It can definitely be frozen, but I’m not sure about canned. Canning might require more attention to sugar levels and acid levels for safety. Anyone else tried canning chia jam?

  3. Vegan Heaven

    I absolutely love making chia jam! I love the texture the chia seeds add to the jam. :-) And they make it so healthy!

  4. Susan

    I have made Chia Plum jam, cook the plums, skins on, fish out the pits when cool add sugar, cinnamon to taste (they are really tart) and chia seeds. Then I divvy them up into small plastic containers and into the freezer they go. It makes the best jam, better than any store bought stuff.

    • Rabeea Ahmed

      Do the chia seeds add extra crunch? I’ve never used them before, but your plum jam method sounds intriguing.

      • Emma Christensen

        Hi, Rabeea! Chia seeds are too small to be truly crunchy, in my experience, though they do add texture. They’re kind of like raspberry seeds or strawberry seeds!

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