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How to Make Chia Seed Jam

Chia seed jam is a healthy and delicious alternative to store-bought jam. It’s easy to make and uses fresh ingredients that you won’t feel guilty about. Watch how I make it below and read on to see the many ways you can enjoy it!

Strawberry chia seed jam in a glass jar with a spoon.

If you think making homemade jam is difficult, think again. Say hello to this all natural, lip smackin good chia seed jam. It’s rich, sweet, and has the perfect gel-like consistency. And if you’re a chia pudding lover, there’s no doubt you need this in your life. 

Is Chia Jam Healthy?

If you’ve ever read the label on a jar of store-bought jam, the sugar content will catch you by surprise. They’re mostly made with high fructose corn syrup, along with standard corn syrup and run-of-the-mill sugar. Not to mention the amount of pectin used to thicken it up.

Homemade chia seed jam is just the opposite of that. It’s filled with nutrient-dense and fiber-rich chia seeds (which naturally thicken it up) and the only sweetener is a smidge of pure maple syrup. But if your fruits are naturally sweet enough already, you won’t even need additional sugar. 

A spoonful of chia seed jam with toast in the background.

Chia Seed Jam Ingredients

All you need for this recipe are 4 simple ingredients. 

  • Fresh Fruit: You can use strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apricots, nectarines or a combination of several!
  • Chia Seeds: Just 2 tablespoons of whole chia seeds.
  • Choice of Sweetener: I’m using maple syrup, but you can use honey, or any other sweetener. 
  • Lemon Juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

How to Make Chia Seed Jam

First, Prepare Your Fruit

Start with a pound (about 2 cups) of washed, fresh fruit. If you’re using larger fruits like strawberries or apricots, just slice them down into smaller pieces. But, for smaller ones like blueberries or raspberries, no slicing is necessary. 

Second, Create The Fruit Jam Base

In a pot over medium heat, add the fruit, a few tablespoons of sweetener and lemon juice. Use a spoon to give everything a good stir. This will help break down the fruit as it simmers. Then, turn off the heat and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes. 

If you like your jam moderately smooth, use a potato masher to break up some of the larger pieces. And for a smoother pureed texture, use a hand blender. 

Making chia seed jam on the stovetop.

Third, Add The Chia Seeds

Lastly, add your chia seeds and stir until everything is combined. Since some fruits are more liquidy than others, you may have to add more or less chia seeds to get the consistency you prefer. Then transfer the jam to a sealed jar or container. 

And similar to making chia seed pudding, your jam will continue to thicken as it cools.

Mixing chia seeds into the jam and pouring into a storage container.

Ways To Use It

Spreading chia seed jam onto warm gluten-free toast is my guilty pleasure. But, there’s so many other ways to use this. Here’s a few of my favorites. 

Chia seed jam slathered on toast.

How Long Does it Last?

Chia seed jam will last about one week in the fridge if stored in a sealed container. 

Chia Seed Jam Recipe Video

While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch below!

More Chia Seed Recipes

From sweet to savory recipes, chia seeds can do amazing things.

Chia seed jam in a container next to fresh strawberries.
5 from 36 votes

Easy Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 12
Author: Lisa Bryan
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My easy and delicious chia seed jam can be made with various types of fruits. Try it as a spread on my crepes, gluten-free pancakes, and porridge.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • If using strawberries, nectarines, apricots, etc., slice them into small pieces. No need to do anything to small berries.
  • In a pot on medium heat, add the fruit, maple syrup and lemon juice. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, using your spoon to help the fruit break down.
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree the fruit, then turn off the heat.
  • Stir in the chia seeds and transfer the jam to a storage container. Place in the refrigerator to cool.

Lisa's Tips

  • You can use black or white chia seeds in this recipe, just make sure they're fresh. This is the brand that I use.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 49mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 114IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chia seed jam, chia seed jam recipe
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Recipe originally published November 2016, but updated to include new information.

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116 comments on “How to Make Chia Seed Jam”

  1. I have seen this recipes on the internet everywhere but I was kind of  skeptical about it but I have follows your recipe a lot so I trust you ! and I gave it a go with reduced maple syrup . My toddler loves it that he just eats this jam on its own. He absolutely loves it and he said “jam, jam please” i wish he never found out what commercial jams are which can quiet unhealthy, thank you Lisa:) 

    • I’m glad you finally got around to trying this homemade jam! Looks like this is what you’ll need to make now instead of store-bought versions :)

  2. I am super excited to make this! How does it fair when frozen? I’m hoping to make some and freeze some. Thank you!

  3. So delicious! Added it to my oatmeal this morning. I used honey since I didn’t have maple syrup. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought jam. 

  4. If you’re considering making this jam, MAKE THIS JAM!!! It is SO easy and the flavors are delicious. It’s shocking how you can get such good flavor from so few ingredients. Thank you Lisa for this awesome recipe, it’s fantastic!!

  5. Can you use frozen berries for the chia seed jam?

  6. This is a super quick and easy way to make some delicious homemade jam. The flavor definitely depends on the fruit that you use – if you use quality flavorful strawberries then you will get a strong jam, but if you’re using bad strawberries then then jam won’t be as good