No sugar added 2 ingredient Berry Chia Jam made with just frozen berries and chia seeds. Super easy to make and makes a great addition to add to breakfast, snacks, or even dessert. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, and Whole30 approved.
Last updated on April 17, 2021.
There is something about jam that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. Jam used to be a daily staple in my household growing up. A lot of the time my mom would make my sister and I toast with butter and berry jam and pair it with some fruit for breakfast.
So today I am channeling those feelings and making this super easy berry chia jam.
Even though I love jam, it is hard to find a good one in the grocery store. Most of them have a lot of added sugars and preservations. I find fruit is already sweet enough and you don’t really need to be adding more sugar. Besides, homemade jam is easy to make yourself and is a lot more cost-effective.
This berry chia jam only has 2 ingredients! I mean does it get easier than that?! Instead of preservatives or added thickeners, I added chia seeds to naturally help thicken it up and for some extra nutrients. Chia seeds are very high in antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Benefits of using frozen berries
While nothing beats fresh berries in the summer, I choose to make this with frozen berries.
Buying frozen fruit is super cost-effective. A lot of companies are picking their berries at the peak of ripeness and freezing them right then. That means not only are they super tasty, but this helps seal in all the nutrients.
Better yet is you can get organic frozen berries for cheaper than fresh ones. And they are available all year long! Keep a bag or two in your freezer to make this whenever you have the urge.
If desired, you can use fresh instead of frozen berries during the summer!
How to make berry chia jam
I love this berry jam because it is super easy to make and only requires 2 ingredients. The active cooking time is about 10 minutes and then you just let it sit on the stove to thicken up. Keep a jar in your fridge for an easy addition to breakfast, snacks, and even dessert!
Ingredients for berry chia jam:
- frozen mixed berries
- chia seeds
First, add berries to a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat and cook for 10-12 minutes until broken down. If you are using blueberries, break them up with a spoon or potato masher if you liked a smoother consistency.
Then, once the berries are cooked down, turn off the heat and stir in chia seeds. Make sure they are well combined. Let sit to thicken for up to 30 minutes. I find that 30 minutes gives a perfect consistency, but you can check it earlier if you like.
If you want to add sweetener to berry chia jam
The beauty of this recipe is you can adjust it according to your taste. I find that this jam is great how it is, but I like things tart and tangy.
If you would like to add a sweetener, you totally can. I would suggest maple syrup or honey. To add the sweetener, add it after it has thickened from the chia seeds and mix well to combine. Start at one tablespoon and add more according to your taste.
Does homemade jam need to be refrigerated?
Since this chia seed jam is not made by canning, it does need to be refrigerated as soon as it’s made.
How long does homemade jam last
Store chia jam in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It goes a lot faster than that in our house, but it will keep that long. If you don’t eat it all, you can easily freeze it to have for a later date.
How to use berry chia jam
I have been adding this jam to all kinds of breakfasts lately. Here are a few ways:
- on toast with butter
- for peanut butter and jelly
- in peanut butter and jelly stuffed oatmeal cups
- on top of oatmeal
- mixed into plain yogurt
- in peanut butter & jelly energy balls
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Berry Chia Jam
- 1 pound frozen berries (4 cups - I used a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Add berries to a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat and cook for 10-12 minutes until broken down. If you are using blueberries, break them up with a spoon or potato masher if you want a smoother consistency.
- Turn off heat and stir in chia seeds. Let sit to thicken for 30 minutes.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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