Rawberry Chia Jam

I first discovered this chia jam recipe on Loni Jane’s Instagram, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s too good not to share. With fresh berries, chia seeds and a blender, you can easily whip up healthy, nutritious “jam” in less than 15 minutes.

The protein-packed chia seeds miraculously expand and thicken up the jam, while adding the perfect seedy texture. And unlike regular jam, which is loaded with white sugar, this recipe only needs a few spoonfuls of maple syrup and a drop of vanilla extract to naturally sweeten it. I’ve also added fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt to help balance the flavors.

You can add chia jam on yogurt, waffles, baked goods, banana ice cream (just blend 1-2 frozen bananas)…but my personal favorite is recreating the classic PB&J toast. Simply spread almond butter or peanut butter (I prefer almond butter) on your choice of toast, and add generous scoops of chia jam on top. Trust me, you won’t go back to regular jam after this.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Notes

  • Recipe adapted from Loni Jane.
  • You can enjoy immediately, but I like to set the jam in the fridge for a few hours to thicken. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 7-10 days (although I usually finish it in half of that time).

Prep time: 10 min / Total time: 10 min
Cuisine: Vegan, raw, gluten free
Makes: About 1.5-2 cups

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and water. Stir well and let it set for 5 minutes. Chia seeds will expand and create a thick gel-like texture.
  2. Add all ingredients except the chia gel into a blender. Pulse a few times until the mixture is smooth but still a little chunky.

  3. Add the chia gel into the blender and pulse a few more times. (I like to leave mine a bit chunky.)
  4. Pour the mixture into a airtight jar.

Top it on yogurt, baked goods, banana ice cream, or try my favorite Almond Butter & Rawberry Chia Jam on toast. Oh, and you can probably try other berries as well. Let me know if you do. Happy jamming!

–Stephanie

Photographs by Frances F. Denny

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