Easy Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

by on May 9, 2012

Today I have a recipe to share that includes two of my favorite foods – chia seeds and strawberries. I’ve written about the benefits of chia seeds before and as most of you probably know – I love them!

As a quick recap, they’re a good source of:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids – Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning that you need to get from food sources because your body cannot produce them itself. Omega 3′s reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. They’re also said to help with weight reduction related to their regulation of blood sugar levels and insulin.
  • Plant-based protein – We all know protein is an essential macronutrient needed for many functions in the body, including muscle building.
  • Antioxidants – Anti-oxidants help rid our body of free radicals, which have been linked to cancer and heart disease.
  • Fiber – Helps with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, prevents constipation and enhances regularity.
  • Magnesium and Potassium – Two minerals needed for good health.

I try to include them in my breakfast every day and it’s pretty easy to do (especially when having chia pudding, overnight oats or protein pancakes) but I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them in my meals.

I’ve seen chia seed jelly/jam on a bunch of different blogs, but my main inspiration for trying it was a fellow FitFluential blogger, Casey of Power Cakes. She has a bunch of different variations of chia jam on her recipe page and after seeing photos of her power cakes covered in chia jam on Instagram, I knew I needed to try it.

Easy Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I’m not sure why it took me so long to make some chia jam, but I’m sorry I didn’t try it sooner because I LOVE it! And I’m not exaggerating – I made one batch and ate it all plain as a snack… in one sitting. Yes, that happened!

Easy Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I had to make another batch for pictures, which worked out quite well because now I have some to put on my protein pancakes and greek yogurt this week!

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As I said, there are quite a few different recipes out there, but I’ll share how I made mine, which is probably the simplest version ever.

Easy Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
 
Eat this straight from the container as a snack (like I did), as a spread on pancakes, mixed into oats or yogurt, on a sweet and savory egg biscuits or just make a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich -- the possibilities are endless!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • stevia, to taste (or other sweetener, like maple syrup)
Instructions
  1. If using frozen strawberries, let them thaw. I try to limit my use of the microwave so I just sat mine in a bowl out on the counter for an hour or so.
  2. Mash strawberries with a fork or blend them. I mashed one batch and used my immersion blender for another - both methods worked great, but the blended version was more like jelly and less like jam.
  3. Mix in chia seeds, water and stevia, if using. I used 2-3 drops of liquid stevia, but I don't think it would be necessary with super sweet berries. It just depends on how sweet you want your jam.
  4. Cover the mixture and place in the fridge to set up for a while, 30-60 minutes is ideal.

That’s it! It’s super simple and so much better for you than the sugar-filled, processed jam you’d buy at the store. The best part is that you can use almost any berry you like – blueberries, blackberries and raspberries would work great.

I definitely recommend trying it, even if you don’t think you like the texture of chia seeds because it tastes just like a regular berry jam that has seeds. If you’re worried about the seedy texture, you can always buy ground chia seeds or grind them before making the recipe.

Have you ever made chia seed jam? What’s your favorite way to eat chia seeds?

{ 111 comments… read them below or add one }

Antonia @ healthinspirations May 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

Chia seeds and strawberries are some of my favorite things too. Can’t wait to to try this. We always make our own jams at home and I think I’ll make a couple of jars of these too.

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Tara May 9, 2012 at 6:20 am

I found this same recipe in Oxygen magazine! Delish!!

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Jenn May 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

This sounds so easy and yummy! I will be making some today for sure!

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Renee May 9, 2012 at 6:29 am

Wow! I love strawberries and chia seeds too. I can’t believe how simple this is. How long will this stay good for?

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Eating Bird Food May 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I think it should last about a week or so in the fridge.

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Lauren May 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

There is nothing quite like homemade jam. I’m definitely all about making my own and I love your addition of chia! I usually add chia on top of my jam covered toast but this just makes so much more sense. :)

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Kristina May 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

I will absolutely be making this recipe soon (like this weekend)! It sounds simple and amazing!

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Meister, Running While Smiling May 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

Chia seeds are great — is there anything they can’t improve?? I bet this stuff would be fantastic along with the chia peanut butter I’ve been eating like crazy lately: Be Kind Butters. Or, wait, would that be chia overload? Nahhh…

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Eating Bird Food May 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

I don’t think chia overload exists. :) Now I need to go check out those Be Kind Butters!

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Christina May 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

How simple and perfect! I am going to make this tonight so I can have some this weekend. :D

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Emily C May 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

Brilliant! Why are the most brilliant ideas also the simplest?! I have a giant bag of strawberries that I froze after picking them, so can’t wait to try this with them!

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brandi May 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

i love this idea! i would never think to use chia seeds for a quick jam. so easy!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love making chia jam! It’s so easy and the flavor combinations are endless. I love that you can actually make jam with more protein and have it whenever you want!

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Sanjeeta kk May 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

The jam looks yum..chia seeds with strawberries is such a wonderful idea!

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Gina May 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I made chia jam for the first time a couple weeks ago when I made @powercakes strawberry chia coconut flour bars. So, so good! I should make it just to have on hand instead of only when I’m baking with it. Love everything about chia seeds except the stick in the middle of your teeth thing ;)

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Eating Bird Food May 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Oh yeah, I should have included a warning about that. :)

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate May 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This looks great and I love that its one more way for individuals to boost their daily fiber intake.

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Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit May 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

This looks so good. And I happen to have some strawberries sitting in my friend right now. Guess who’s making jam this weekend? This girl :)

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Eating Bird Food May 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Yay! I hope you love it.

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Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I am definitely making this asap! Quick question – do you know how long this keeps in the fridge?

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Eating Bird Food May 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Probably about a week or so. Not sure it’s going to last that long around here though. ;)

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Ali May 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

What an healthy alternative to the sugary ones! Can’t wait to try with a muffin, or bagel, or toast, or PB sandwich….. ;)

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egb May 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Yum. Your jam looks delicious. Cute pics! Can’t wait to try.

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Annie May 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I *just* bought four pounds of beautiful strawberries. I will be making this tonight!

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Anna @ Blissfully Banana May 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Oh my gosh, I have never had chia seeds, but fresh strawberry jam, and with an extra added healthy boost sounds delicious! :)

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Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth May 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’ve never liked (berry) seeds in my jam, but CHIA seeds are so yummy and chewy! Such a good idea, I can’t wait to try!

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Amanda @ flecksofgreen May 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I feel like I can smell the sweetness of the strawberries by just looking at your pictures!

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Kerry May 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

What a great idea! I love chia seeds, but I never would have thought to use them to make jam. This looks so much better than the overly sweetened jams from the grocery store. I have a bag of frozen mixed berries & cherries, and I think they would be great in this. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Bonnie @ pastepants May 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

What a genius idea!! Will be trying this out sometime!

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Stephanie May 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

How fun! I am LOVING fresh, ripe strawberries right now too, they are perfection!

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Erin @ Recimplicity May 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

Wow, what a great idea! I love making chia seed “puddings” and Im sure this will be equally delicious :)

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Sam @ Fit for My Fork May 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Awesome idea! I have some frozen cherries in the freezer. I might try this this weekend!

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Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food May 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Yum! I’ve made apricot chia jam before and looooved it. This sounds just as tasty!

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tiffany May 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This is a great idea…I made a chia seed pudding last week but didnt like the texture because it was kinda gloopy and just didnt seem like pudding, but i think it was pretty close to a jelly texture so i think i’ll enjoy this recipe alot more.

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Stacie May 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

This sounds delicious. I’m definitely going to try making some this weekend.
Since it doesn’t last long as it’s fresh, I wonder if you could freeze it and warm up servings when required?

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Abigail May 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Would it be possible to make this recipe with raspberries? Since they’re a bit more juicy than a strawberry would you make any other changes to the recipe ?

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Eating Bird Food May 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

You could totally make it with raspberries and I don’t think you would need to make any other changes! Let me know how it turns out.

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Susie May 16, 2012 at 12:56 am

I just recently made chia pudding for the first time after having tried several chia seed drinks that I totally loved. This is a perfect use for chia can’t wait to try it.

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Myeisha May 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

this… is genius. no more high fructose corn syrup in my pb&j.
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Juju@GetFitwithJuju May 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

I made the jam last night to have with the overnight oats, and it was so delicious! It was my first time to have overnight oats, and now I can see why you love it so much! I made it without the yogurt, because I didn’t have any, but it was still delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes! :) xoxo

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Eating Bird Food May 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

So glad you liked the jam and overnight oats Juju!!

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Juju@GetFitwithJuju May 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Quick question: my God brother would like to know if there were any benefits from soaking oats overnight, rather than microwaving the oats in the morning? I couldn’t find anything that said it had benefits…

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Eating Bird Food May 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I don’t think there are any specific benefits – just the ease of prepping your breakfast the night before. :)

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Juju@GetFitwithJuju May 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thanks, Brittany! I wanted to make sure :)

allison @ thesundayflog May 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

making strawberry rhubarb chia jam at wfm today :)

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Eating Bird Food May 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Yay! I hope they love it.

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Michelle @ eatmovebalance.com June 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I put a tablespoon of chia seeds in my oatbran every morning. :)

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melissa June 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

thanks for this recipe! i’ve been looking to cut down on my added sugar and increase my omega 3 intake. this is the perfect substitute for jam with daily greek yogurt!

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Daisy July 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

Came home with way too many strawberries that I didn’t know what to do with them so I whipped up a jar and man, is it tasty :D I added 4 drops of stevia (strawberries weren’t very sweet), turned out perfect!

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Strawberry seed August 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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Mike September 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

I love strawberry jam. Homemade is way better because it didn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.

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Eating Bird Food September 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I agree! :)

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Claudia Marsh October 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hi! I tried the jam and LOVED it! Soooo easy! Thanks for sharing!

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Brittany Mullins October 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

woo-hoo!!

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Fran Brown December 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Do you have to change the amount of chia seeds if you use ground seeds?

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Brittany Mullins December 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

Nope!

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Self-Sufficient January 14, 2013 at 4:27 am

Regarding the Basic Recipe of : Strawberry, chia seeds , stevia….. How long u think something like this would be good in the Refrigerator ? Just rough estimate in your opinion please ? Thanks .Great article !

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Brittany Mullins January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

I’d day 3-4 days or so. It probably won’t last that long. ;)

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Becca January 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

This is absolutely genius! I always read that a way to reduce sugar consumption is to use fresh fruit on sandwiches, but it’s just not the same as spreading jam. This is going to be my new go-to jam recipe! (Except the jalapeno-strawberry jam that my husband adores. Sorry. lol)

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Megan February 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I am so excited to try this! I LOVE berries AND chia seeds!! I have been looking for other ways to incorporate them into my meals. I usually just mix a tablespoon into my greek yogurt or into my oatmeal, but this looks fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!!

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Erika March 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I know this is a very simple recipe to make but if you wanted to have a bunch of jars on hand what would be the best method. Would it be possible to heat this and seal it in jars or would freezing it be the best?

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Brittany Mullins March 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

I haven’t tried either preservation method but I think freezing would be best. Let me know if you try it!

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The Life of Clare March 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I love this idea! Do you think it’d last in sealed jars (preserved) for longer than a week? Could you use other berries?

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Lisa Boyd April 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

I have never tried chia seeds and have never seen them in the stores. Where can I find them?

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Brooksie April 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Lisa,
Normally any health food store would have them, like Whole Foods. I am sure you would be able to find them online as well.

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Kate April 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Bob’s Red Mill has them. If you have a Fred Meyer in your area, I found it in the health food section with all the other Bob’s Red Mill products.

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Jessica April 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

I have found them at Costco (granted, it’s a huge bag but we try to eat them as often as we can). I am so glad to have found this jam recipe to try!

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Misty April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

This is good in Greek yogurt too.

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Brooksie April 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Gotta love Google. Was looking for a Rhubarb-Strawberry jam recipe and came across your blog. Love the idea of using Chia seeds. Specially considering all the health benefits. Going to try a bit making it the traditional way and instead of using pectin (that is the thickener, right?) I would use Chia seeds. I also plan on using raw sugar instead of white. Will let you know how it turns out. :)

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Kate April 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Can I make a bunch ahead of time and freeze it? Or would that ruin the consistency?
This looks amazing. It costs so much to buy jam that is sugar free and this is way healthier than any kind I have found at the store. Can’t wait to try it!

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Kim B May 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I would also like to know if a batch could be frozen. I have so many strawberries right now that I will try and see. Also going to just freeze the strawberries and then defrost when ready to make some. It really is delish!! The first batch I ever made didn’t last long to know what the shelf life would be. I doubled the recipe and used 2 packets of truvia for sweetener.

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Hey Kate and Kim! I would freeze the strawberries and just defrost them when you’re ready to make another batch.

I usually use all the jam in 4-5 days so I’m not exactly sure how long it would last in the fridge. Sorry I’m not more helpful in this area. :)

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Brooksie April 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Just finished making my jam and it is Fabulous!!! Next time I am going to cut back on the sugar I used..instead of 3 cups (raw sugar) I would use more like 2 1/2.
The Chia seeds worked perfectly! I am so excited to make my own jam the rest of the summer!

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Christi April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi, thanks for the recipe! I made some of this the other day and it came out great. My twin 2 year old taste tasters loved it. I just wrote a blog post and linked readers here to your post. :)

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Thanks Christi!

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Carly May 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am definitely going to try this! Do you how long the shelf life is?

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Barbea May 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I would like to know that as well Carly…

How long would it keep in the refrigerator?

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Kate May 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Did you ever get an answer on this? I’m wondering too…as well ability to freeze and/or can?

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Barbea June 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I have not received an answer yet Kate…. but I am anxiously awaiting because I would really like to try this!

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I usually use all the jam in 4-5 days so I’m not exactly sure how much longer it lasts. Sorry I’m not more helpful in this area. :)

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BizyAkMa May 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Do you blend the seeds or leave them whole? Thanks in advance and am looking forward to tryin this recipe!!

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I leave them whole.

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Melissa May 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

Can I process these in a hot water bath to preserve them? I cant wait to try this out!

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

This jam isn’t meant to be preserved via hot water bath canning. You can freezer preserve it though.

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Kim B May 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I have some frozen blackberries I would like to try making this jam with, but wondering about the seeds… Does anyone have an opinion on this. Maybe the seeds won’t be a problem?????

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Brittany Mullins June 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I don’t think they will be a problem!

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Jamie June 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm

How long will it keep in the refrigerator? Have you ever tried freezing it? I have 6 lbs of berries from a local farm and am trying this today ;)

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Jamie June 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Just caught up on the above posts and found my own answer ;) On another note have you tried any DIY projects to actually get the Chia seeds to grow like the children’s kits we had in the 80′s? I think this would make a fantastic party favor idea for my daughter’s 1st bday

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Jane June 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

I made this jam this week- it was excellent. I used honey as a sweetener and it worked out fine, although it wasn’t as sweet as normal jam if you are used to that. I found a very similar recipe to this in a magazine and it said it will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I am freezing all of my strawberries and using them as needed to make more jam since it takes less than 5 minutes to make!

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Liza June 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Wonderful recipe, thanks so much. Have been looking for a sugar free jam recipe for ages. I used agave nectar as the sweetener – worked really well. Will definitely be trying the recipe with other berries.

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Sharyl July 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

Have been working on eliminating sugars and unnecessary preservatives etc, and don’t have the time to do the jam with canning etc. I have recently discovered chia seeds so finding this recipe was so excited– no pectin needed and no cooking!!!! Made a huge batch with strawberries and mulberries from the farmers market and blueberries I picked up at the store.

I LOVE THIS JAM. Froze it in 1/2 cup freezer containers so that it doesn’t spoil with no preservatives. I also added the juice from a lemon and that brightened the flavor also. I’ve passed the link along to friends as well. Thanks for sharing.

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Bella July 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi! Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I use it and make it my own. I also used your site and link on my blog:
http://jetsetandfit.com/2013/07/20/ch-ch-ch-chia-and-me/

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Candy July 27, 2013 at 3:13 am

Would this work ok with other fruits like peaches and apricots? Would anything need to be changed up like amounts of chia or something? Thanks!

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Michelle August 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This may sound stupid but is this vegan friendly? I want to make this as a gift to a friend who is vegan and I just want to make sure before I give it to her.

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Brittany Mullins August 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi Michelle. Yup, it definitely vegan. :)

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Magic and Mayhem August 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

This looks delicious! Do you know if it could be used with apples? We have been harvesting apples from friends’ unsprayed trees all month and have so much apple sauce and apple pie filling already canned. I’d love to make some easy apple jelly with a bit of sweetener and cinnamon. I’m thinking I’d just chop and cook the apples somewhat and then add the chia??? If anybody knows, please let me know! :)

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Brittany Mullins August 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’ve never tried it with apples so I’m not 100% sure but let me know if you try it. I think I might try a chia apple butter this fall.

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Kelly @ IdealistMom.com September 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

What a great idea for sneaking in a little extra protein and omega 3s! Pinning this now :-)

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Chelsey September 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

Love this so much!!…linked to it on my blog: http://citnutritionally.com/2013/09/13/ch-ch-ch-chia-jammin-new-recipe/

Thanks!!

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Venessa October 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I put about 30 red grapes in my juicer and then added cosa seeds to it and it came out like grape jelly and it was fabulous!!!

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Brittany Mullins October 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

That’s awesome! I haven’t tried it with grapes yet.

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Janet Paula December 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

What are cosa seeds as stated in Venessa’s statement.

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Janet Paula December 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

What are cosa seeds as stated in Venessa’s comment.

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debbie January 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

this is a fantastic recipe for those trying to lose weight and still eat yummy foods. i made it for a second time, used 1 cup frozen thawed berries, and then pureed a few large fresh berries to add to the mix and makes it taste even fresher :) i add one pkt of stevia for the sweetner, tastes almost like my moms full sugar freezer jam. Going to try it with raspberries next

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Eating Bird Food January 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Thanks so much for trying the recipe Debbie. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and experimenting with other fruits!

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Tabitha January 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hi there!
This recipe looks great!
I was just wondering, when you add the chia seeds whole do they stay crunchy, and if so does it but you when you eat them? I’m thinking about making this for my granddad who is limited on eating sugar but also a fussy eater so I was just wondering whether the whole chia seeds are annoying?
Thanks !

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Tabitha January 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Sorry that was meant to say does it bother you when you eat them.

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Eating Bird Food January 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

They don’t bother me. The chia seeds have a similar texture to strawberry seeds or blackberry seeds, which most people are used to when eating jam. Hope your granddad likes it! :)

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Jeanna January 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Boy if you had a dollar for every time someone asked a question that you had already answered….. But my question is, how do you think the chia seeds would taste in sweet potato butter? The recipe I will be using also has apples, so the finished product will be similar to apple butter. It doesn’t really need to “gel” but the chia seeds wouldn’t make it set up too much would they? Thanks!

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Jeanna January 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the sweet potato butter will be cooked, so would I add the chia seeds during the cooking process, or stir them in at the end before I refrigerate it?

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bobbie lancaster March 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Have you tried home canning this recipe?
I’d love to preserve enough of this to get us through the year.

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