This easy mixed berry chia jam is a healthy condiment to have on hand for upping the deliciousness of your breakfast, dessert and snacks. A nutritious sweet spread that’s gluten free, dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.
Homemade mixed berry chia jam is such a huge improvement on store bought jam. You lose all the piles of sugar, preservatives and potentially other chemical agents like thickeners. You add the omega-3, fibre and protein-rich goodness of chia seeds. And as an added bonus, it’s SO easy to make!
I don’t even know if you can really classify this blog post as a “recipe”, it’s really more just “throw it all into the pan and it works.” Take your favourite berries (frozen, easier and cheaper!), add chia seeds, a little liquid sweetener of your choice, plus a dash of vanilla. Boom, done, jam!
Any berries are going to work in this recipe – I usually make this with a bag of frozen mixed berries available at my local supermarket.
This easy mixed berry chia jam is a great condiment to have in the fridge for breakfast, snacks or even to top desserts (try it stirred through coconut yoghurt for an instant creamy, sweet berry-laced treat). One of my favourite ways to have it is on brown rice cakes, with almond butter or peanut butter. So quick to throw together!
I keep this jam in the fridge for up to two weeks, and haven’t noticed any issues with quality for this time. I always make sure to use a very clean, sterile jar, which I clean by running through a hot dishwasher cycle. You can also pop hand-washed glass jars in an oven set to 110 celsius (NOT the lid though!) for ten minutes to completely dry and sterilise them.
Kept tucked away in your fridge, easy mixed berry chia jam is going to become your new favourite sweet spread!
Easy Mixed Berry Chia Jam
This easy mixed berry chia jam is a healthy condiment to have on hand for upping the deliciousness of your breakfast, dessert and snacks. A nutritious sweet spread that's gluten free, dairy free, paleo and refined sugar free.
- 2 cups frozen berries - any variety or a mixture
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 3-4 tbsp honey or any liquid sweetener of choice e.g. maple syrup, coconut syrup, rice malt syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Place frozen berries in a pan with 1/4 cup water melt over a low heat on the stove top, stirring and breaking them up gently so they turn into a slightly chunky puree.
While the berries are softening add in the vanilla, chia seeds and 3 tbsp of honey/liquid sweetener and stir to combine. Taste test and add extra honey/liquid sweetener if desired.
Remove from heat and allow to cool in the saucepan for 10 minutes or so. Stir once or twice to make sure the chia seeds are evenly incorporated.
Transfer to a clean, sterile jar and refrigerate until cooled and set; it will thicken even more as it cools. This should keep for two weeks or even a little longer.
*Want to go completely sugar free? Honey, maple syrup etc. are all a form of sugar, really (I do think they're an improvement on refined white table sugar but anyway). If you want to be sugar free you can sweeten this jam with stevia instead - either liquid drops or a powdered version. Stevia is much sweeter gram for gram than these liquid sweeteners, so just add a little and taste test to get the ratio right.