In less than 20 minutes, you can make this delicious Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam! This chia jam recipe is great on everything from toast to pancakes. It's gluten-free and contains no refined sugar. It's also vegetarian and vegan.
Summertime is berry time! Oh, yeah!
There's nothing better than berries picked at their peak of freshness. If you get the chance, get out to a local farm and pick your own berries! It's worth it! You can make so many recipes to enjoy your fresh berries, but one of our favorites is this Blackberry Chia Seed Jam.
Homemade Strawberry Chia Seed Jam is also as good!
It's so healthy and so delicious; you'll want to spread it on everything from toast and pancakes to waffles and ice cream.
Not to mention PB&Js!
This is definitely a healthy jam recipe and most definitely a healthy food recipe!
Speaking of sandwiches, if you have a little bit of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich addiction, this is definitely the jam to use!
Healthy and sugar-free.
We like having this Blackberry Chia Seed Jam on hand to make sandwiches because it packs a little superfood - chia seeds - in every bite and has no processed sugar.
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are super high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, you get a healthy dose of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and protein.
Ingredients for Blackberry Chia Seed Jam
You only need 4-simple ingredients to make this jam:
- Fresh Blackberries - you can also use frozen berries.
- Maple Syrup - pure maple syrup (not imitation) is best.
- Vanilla Extract - pure vanilla extract is recommended.
- Lemon Juice - again, fresh is best!
How to Make Blackberry Chia Seed Jam
Have you checked your jam jar from the store? I'm guessing there's some added sugar in there. This homemade jam tastes better and is so much healthier for you.
The crazy thing is, this Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam is really easy to make, and it's a lot less expensive than store-bought jams or jellies.
In less than 20 minutes, you can be enjoying its natural sweetness! If you're cutting out refined sugar, we would consider this recipe a Paleo Blackberry Jam.
Step 1 - Cook Berries
To start, wash your berries, place them into a medium pot on the stove and start to bring the blackberries to a boil. Then, add in your maple syrup, lemon juice, and chia seeds and keep cooking until the jam thickens.
Step 2 - Add Vanilla and Place in Jars
When thickened, remove it from the heat and add your vanilla. MMMMmmm, it will smell good!
Once it's cooled, you can place it in a mason jar or other airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
More Jam Recipes
If you want to make traditional jam, we have a Mixed Berry Jam that's incredible!
Strawberry Fig Jam is also a treat!
Tips & Tricks
- This jam is a refrigerator jam – it does not require any canning, so no need to sterilize any jars and place them in a water bath to seal. It’s amazing.
- There is no pectin needed for this recipe. The chia seeds, when exposed to moisture, plump up and thicken the jam naturally. Yum!
- You can use frozen berries in this recipe with great results.
Storing in the Refrigerator
Blackberry Chia Jam keeps in the refrigerator for about 2-weeks in an airtight container.
Honestly, we've kept it longer, but to be safe, try to use it up within that time. Seriously it won't be hard!
Try it on bagels, toast, french toast, or pancakes.
Can You Freeze Chia Seed Jam?
Oh, yes, chia seed jam freezes well. So, make a big batch and have it for later!
You can freeze chia jam in plastic or glass, and you can even freeze jam in zip lock freezer bags. Just be sure to press out any extra air before zipping them up. And don't forget to label them with the date!
To help Prevent Freezer Burn, definitely follow our simple tips!
How Long Does Homemade Jam Last in the Freezer
Good question! Freezer jam will keep for 1 year in the freezer. It is best to put freezer jam in small containers to take out of the freezer what you need and eat it within a short period of time. It lasts about 2-weeks in the refrigerator.
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Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe
- storage jar
- 1 pound washed blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (depending on sweetness preference)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the blackberries to a low boil on medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the berries soften, about 5 minutes. Don't overcook it. Leave some berries in chunks for texture.
- Stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice, and chia seeds. Cook jam on low until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes more. Continue to stir the jam while it thickens.
- Remove the jam from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Let jam cool to room temperature.
- Transfer mixture to an airtight container, such as a mason jar, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
What could be easier? No canning, but you get to enjoy fresh homemade blackberry jam! It's even good over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So enjoy!
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