Chia Seed Jam: 3 Ways

Easy Homemade Chia Seed Jam (via abeautifulmess.com)I’m a fan of the chia. I’ve made chia pull apart bread, chia pudding, chia breakfast smoothies, and of course chia pets. (Ha ha—I had to!) Recently I noticed on the back of my chia seed package a recipe for chia jam. What?! Hold the phone! That makes total sense since chia has this magic ability to make things, well, jelly-like. So I tried it. 

Easy Homemade Chia Seed Jam (via abeautifulmess.com) Easy Homemade Chia Seed Jam (via abeautifulmess.com) And guess what? Chia jam is incredible!!! Like, seriously, it’s now my favorite way to enjoy chia seeds. And it only takes about 20 minutes to make a batch. I’ve been making a few different variations that I thought I’d share with you. 

Strawberry and vanilla bean chia seed jamStrawberry Vanilla Bean Chia Jam, makes about 1 1/2 cups of jam.

1 1/2 cups strawberries (tops removed and cut into fourths)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chia seeds
seeds from half a vanilla bean

In a small pot cook the strawberries and sugar over low/medium heat for 5 minutes. The berries will release moisture and soften. Be sure to stir as this cooks so the sugar doesn’t heat too much in one spot and burn. If you like your jam more smooth than chunky (like I do), use a blender or immersion blender to puree it at this point. Then add the chia seeds and cook another 10 minutes, as it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla seeds while still hot. Allow to cool before using or storing.

Cinnamon peach chia seed jamPeaches + Cinnamon Chia Jam, makes about 1 1/2 cups of jam.

1 1/2 cups peaches, if frozen thaw first
2-3 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small pot cook the peaches and honey over low/medium heat for 5 minutes. The fruit will release moisture and soften. Be sure to stir as this cooks so the sugar doesn’t heat too much in one spot and burn. If you like your jam more smooth than chunky (like I do), use a blender or immersion blender to puree it at this point. Then add the chia seeds and cook another 10 minutes, as it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon while still hot. Allow to cool before using or storing. One note about this variation is that the chia seeds will overpower the coloring of this jam, so be prepared for a more brown looking jam than a peachy colored one. Just FYI. I know that probably sounds trivial, but sometimes I think the coloring of food or the presentation in general can really affect the way we enjoy it. Just my two cents.

Blueberry lemon chia seed jamBlueberry + Lemon Chia Jam, makes about 1 1/2 cups of jam.

1 1/2 cups blueberries, if frozen thaw first
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chia seeds
peel and juice from half a lemon

In a small pot cook the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and peel over low/medium heat for 5 minutes. The fruit will release moisture and soften. Be sure to stir as this cooks so the sugar doesn’t heat too much in one spot and burn. After five minutes of cooking, remove the lemon peels. If you like your jam more smooth than chunky (like I do), use a blender or immersion blender to puree it at this point. Then add the chia seeds and cook another 10 minutes, as it thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using or storing.

Easy Homemade Chia Seed Jam (via abeautifulmess.com) Any jam you don’t consume within the day you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days (although this amount usually only lasts me 4-5 days). 

So, yeah… that’s my jam. 😉

Enjoy on toast with a little butter or cream cheese and copious amounts of chia jam—yum! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Chia Seed Jam: 3 Ways

Ingredients

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Chia Jam

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries tops removed and cut into fourths
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • seeds from half a vanilla bean

Peaches + Cinnamon Chia Jam

  • 1 1/2 cups peaches if frozen thaw first
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blueberry + Lemon Chia Jam

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries if frozen thaw first
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • peel and juice from half a lemon

Instructions

  1. In a small pot cook the fruit and sugar over low/medium heat for 5 minutes. The fruit will release moisture and soften. Be sure to stir as this cooks so the sugar doesn’t heat too much in one spot and burn. If you like your jam more smooth than chunky (like I do), use a blender or immersion blender to puree it at this point. Then add the chia seeds and cook another 10 minutes, as it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla seeds, cinnamon, or lemon while still hot. Allow to cool before using or storing.
  • AH-MAZING! I will have to try these out, they look delicious! Just wondering what alternative would you recommend as an alternative for seeds of half a vanilla bean? Thanks X

  • My goal this year is to make as much of what we eat from scratch. I wonder how it’s going to worked if l make large batches and can them?

  • Oh thank you so much for these recipes! I´ve just discovered the world of chia seeds so I cannot wait to try these, gotta check you other chia recipes as well 🙂

  • I appreciate your work & recipe. Sure, I will try it on this valentine day for someone 🙂

  • What a fabulous idea to make your own jam with chia no need for pectin then and you can control your own sugar input if you choose to even add. Happy feasting!

  • what an awesome idea! love your flavor combinations too..i’m a huge fan of lemon and blueberry!

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  • so yummy!! would love to try make one

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  • Me too Hanna.

    I’ve always had a problem with jam being too sweet, but I’m totally gonna try this jam out!

    Elise 😀

  • Love this!
    I’ve made chiajam, but only with blueberries and chiaseeds.. with lemon it must be delicious, blueberries and lemon combine so well!
    The other flavours seem very nice too!
    Sanne

  • Never thought about eating them with my morning toast! Very good idea!

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  • Never thought about eating them with my morning toast! Very good idea!

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  • This looks amazing I definitely want to try it. Really excited about it! Something that would be awesome to add to this post is a note on how awesome chia is health wise and a great source of protein. I mean, a jam with protein? That’s amazing news for energy and hams everywhere, and unless all your readers already know and love chia, it would be a great tip to learn. Or at least encourage readers to look up the health benefits themselves, otherwise people who don’t use chia may not realize how these seeds are not your average seeds 🙂 to me the nutrition and protein is such an awesome bonus to a great tasting jam. This recipe is a new favorite I’ve seen on ABM!

  • Hi Allyn!

    How do you prepare your seeds? If eaten raw I find, like any hard seed, they are grainy. But the trick is to soak them for a few minutes before using. They absorb any liquid and become a jelly, perfect for this recipe. When soft, they don’t have a grainy texture I find! So I soak them for a few minutes before adding them to smoothies etc and they don’t feel grainy anymore. Hope this helps! So excited for this jam idea 🙂

  • I have to share this with my mother. She loves making chia seed jam 🙂

  • I have to share this with my mother. She loves making chia seed jam 🙂

  • This looks so amazing! I have a big batch of chia seeds that sit on the shelf since I discovered I am not a fan of chia pudding. Definitely going to try this recipe! Yummmm!

  • That jam looks so good! i have never made jam but this looks like it’s worth trying.

  • That jam looks so good! i have never made jam but this looks like it’s worth trying.

  • Can’t wait to try this recipe, looks amazing!

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  • It looks as fancy as caviar, but personally I’d like to eat these so much more! yum! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Whoa, this is an incredible idea. I think I’d like the strawberry one best since the strawberry seeds & chia seeds kind of mesh together texturally.
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  • Ok I am not mad at this I recently got into chia seeds so this is a great way I can use them thank you. beautyjunkkie.com

  • This looks so good! I love chia seeds too, and I love the idea of fresh jam that I can make whenever 🙂 I will have to try this out right away!

  • Chia seeds are so awesome! Never thought about adding them to jams. The blueberry jam looks delicious, and easy. I really may try it.

  • Yum! This is next on my list!

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  • Delicious … Cannot wait to try blueberry w jalapeño for a bit of heat on toast on a cold morning!

  • That looks amazing! I’m on a chia seed kick myself, so I will definitely have to try this.

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  • I love Chia seeds! Although I have had some mistrials with them I am not turned off.

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  • I love Chia seeds! Although I have had some mistrials with them I am not turned off.

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  • Yum, just love this! We make jam too and these flavors sound delicious thank you for sharing! Love the health benefits of putting chia in them! Have a wonderful day!

  • These looks AMAZE! I can’t wait to try these… with a toddler, I go through buckets of jam. By the way… despite being a total West Coaster, I am clueless about the health benefits of chia… can you fill us in? Why chia? Thanks lady! 🙂

  • What a fabulous idea! Will need to pick some more up and give this a go

    Lauren x
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  • Oh, so yummy! I am a huge fan of chia seeds (drinking some in my morning shake right now) and would love to use some in a jam! Thanks for these delicious looking recipes!

    Circus & Bloom
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  • Oh, so yummy! I am a huge fan of chia seeds (drinking some in my morning shake right now) and would love to use some in a jam! Thanks for these delicious looking recipes!

    Circus & Bloom
    ♥♥♥

  • oh my goodness, yum! it’s totally easy to health this up a bit, just by replacing the sugar with stevia. ( i’m not sure of the conversion, so if you wanna do that, check it out online. )

    definitely makin’ this for breakfast this morning. 🙂
    thanks for the awesome recipe!
    xx. Ellie
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  • I’ve been putting chia seeds in everything lately. I put them in my water, my overnight oats, and even on my toast. I can’t wait to try out these jam recipes! The blueberry and lemon combination sounds particularly delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipes!

    -Helen

    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • The peaches and cinnamon jam sounds amazing! I usually avoid jams because they contain a lot of sugar, but this seems like a healthy alternative!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Yum! Can’t wait to try these, the peach + cinnamon one sounds sooooo good. And I am really excited about the ‘print’ feature for your recipes 🙂

  • I absolutely love this!! Im spanish and Ive just had lunch but it looks so yummy!!!

    olweis

  • I love this! I’m a big fan of homemade jams but often discouraged by how much sugar you have to add the get the right texture…this is such an awesome solution! I need to step up my chia game big time.

  • I love when you post vegan recipes, Emma! These look amazing – especially the peach and cinnamon. Thanks, lovely. <3

  • Yummy! I’ve been making chia seed jam for a while now but I like the combinations you’ve posted here! The blueberry lemon one sounds especially delicious 🙂

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • Yum! & you take the most beautiful photos of food!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
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  • Chia seeds annoy the heck out of me because they get stuck in my teeth, but I’m still really tempted to try this…

  • These look amazing! Once berries come back into season here they will definitely be on my list! I never thought about combining flavours too!

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