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. GF and no refined sugar.
Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam
Summertime is berry time! Oh, yeah! There’s nothing better than berries picked at their peak of freshness. Here in the NW, we have several local farms where you can pick to your hearts content. It’s a berry bonanza! There are so many recipes you can make to enjoy your fresh berries, but one of my favorites is this Blackberry Chia Seed Jam.
It’s so healthy and so delicious, you’ll want to spread it on everything from toast and pancakes to waffles and ice cream. I think it would even be good in these cookie cups. Not to mention PB&Js!
This is definitely a healthy jam recipe and most definitely a healthy food recipe!
Speaking of sandwiches, my son has a little bit of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich addiction. He makes them every single day for his school lunch…and any other time he makes himself lunch. I suppose he likes them (he’s a teenage boy, they don’t speak much). I’m guessing he likes how delicious they are, but I think he also likes that they’re so easy to make (he’s a teenage boy, they live for easy)!
I like having this Blackberry Chia Seed Jam on hand for him to make his 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.
My son also likes this Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. He has no idea how healthy he’s eating! Score one for mom!
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 tastes wayyyy better and is soooo much better for you.
The crazy thing is, this Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam is really easy to make, and it’s a lot less expensive then store-bought jams or jellies. In less than 20 minutes you can be enjoying its natural sweetness! If you’re cutting out refined sugar, I would consider this recipe to be a Paleo Blackberry Jam.
It is literally as easy washing your berries and sticking them into a medium pot to boil. Then, add in your maple syrup, lemon juice, and chia seeds and keep cooking until it thickens.
When thickened, you 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.
Tips for Making Blackberry Chia Jam
This jam is a refrigerator jam – it doesn’t require any canning, so no need to sterilize any jars and place in a water bath to seal. It’s amazing. Plus, there’s no pectin needed. The chia seeds, when exposed to moisture, plump up and thicken the jam naturally. Yum!
Oh, and it 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!
Blackberry Chia Jam keeps in the fridge for about 2-weeks. 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.
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 in order 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
- 1 pound washed blackberries fresh or frozen
- 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup depending on sweetness preference
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a medium-sized sauce pan, 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 over cook. 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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