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Easy 3 Ingredient Chia Jam

Looking for a healthy jam recipe? Make your own easy 3 ingredient chia jam without sugar or sweetener! Use any fruit, fresh or frozen, and have a sugar-free jam that’s ready in 10 minutes.

3 ingredient chia jam
*Please note* this post was originally published in 2019. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same!

Sugar-free jam! With no sweeteners, no gelatin, and tons of protein (thanks chia). Sounds too good to be true?! It isn’t! I know I’m totally late to the party with this 3 ingredient chia jam, but now that I’ve made it into the door of the party, I’m not leaving any time soon. I only wish I had discovered this recipe when my first two kiddos were starting out on baby-led-weaning, because this jam is PERFECT for babies!

This recipe can easily be made with any fruit, although I find that raspberry, blueberry and cherry comes out the best.

Hattie’s favorite flavor is raspberry 😉

raspberry chia jam

Side story: Etienne went out to Banff this past weekend for a bachelor party, and when he came back I interrogated him. He laughed, and said you know you’re married to a foodie when all of your wife’s questions pertain to where you ate and what you had. Hah! Seriously though, it was the only details I was really that interested in.

Ok back to the jam.

Is 3 ingredient chia jam healthy?

Yes! Really healthy! For one, chia seeds are incredibly healthy for you. They are very low calorie, high in fiber and protein, and contain healthy omega-3 fats. PLUS chia seeds are high in antioxidants!

Besides the chia seeds, this jam uses 2 cups of fruit, and only a bit of lemon juice. You can add a bit of honey or syrup as a sweetener, but I usually don’t find it necessary.

Plus, if you’re following a keto or low-carb diet, this jam totally qualifies, as long as you use berries that are lower in carbs, like raspberries, blueberries or strawberries.

How do chia seeds thicken jam?

When added to a fruit “compote”, the chia seeds soak up the liquid, swell up, and create the “jammy” texture.

3 ingredient chia jam

Is 3 ingredient chia jam safe for babies?

Yes! It’s perfect for putting on a piece of toast along with some peanut butter for your babe, or swirled into a bit of plain yogurt to sweeten it up. My only caution would be that too much fiber isn’t a great idea for babies, as it can cause some stomach discomfort. Start with just a little bit at a time for your wee one!

As I mentioned above, raspberry is Hattie’s favourite. The boys really liked the cherry, and I personally loved the mango one. If using frozen mango chunks, I would cut them up a bit with a knife or food processor before heating them up, as the bags of frozen mangoes usually have extra large pieces.

This jam LITERALLY takes 10 minutes, plus a bit of time to let it cool, obviously. But it’s SO easy, I’ve been making it almost weekly. I’ve been loving it in the morning, swirled into some yogurt and mixed with granola.

Speaking of granola, I made my cherry almond granola yesterday with dark chocolate covered raisins, and I swear, it’s my best batch yet!

Happy Monday!

3 ingredient chia jam
3 ingredient chia jam

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Easy 3 Ingredient Chia Jam


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

Make your own easy and healthy 3-ingredient chia jam without sugar or sweetener! Use any fruit, fresh or frozen, and have a sugar-free jam that’s ready in 10 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups fruit, fresh or frozen*
  • 2 tbsp water**
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • optional: 1 tbsp maple syrup (for additional sweetness)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the fruit, 1-2 tablespoons water (see notes), and the lemon juice. Allow the fruit to break down and release liquid, letting it come to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes, using a fork or a potato masher to mash up any large chunks of fruit***.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in the chia seeds. If you like your jam a bit sweeter, add the maple syrup at this point and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, letting the chia seeds soak up the liquid. Once cooled completely, transfer the jam to a mason jar or other hard plastic or glass container. Store the jam in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Notes

*You can use any fruit, but I found the best to be raspberry, blueberry and cherry. I would keep it to the standard jam flavours (strawberry, raspberry, etc). I haven’t tried this with something like banana, but I don’t imagine it would turn out very well.

**If using fresh fruit, add the water. If using frozen, you may only need 1 tbsp as frozen fruit releases much more liquid.

***If using frozen mango or strawberry with very large chunks, be sure to mash up the chunks as best as you can. See blog post above for more details!

Keywords: sugar-free jam, chia seeds, chia seed jam, raspberry jam

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42 Comments

  1. I LOVE homemade jams and jellies Katherine! And love how these have no added sugar! Bet they’d be a hit here too!

  2. Katherine, one of my favorite foods is just plain toast with butter and fresh jam! I love this idea!! The store bought jams are so processed and full of sugar – so this one is right up my alley! Like Hattie, I think raspberry would be my favorite too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. There’s always a jar of chia jam in my fridge. Slathered on toast along with some PB is the best breakfast ever! And this time of year, I end up making extra batches because my fridge is overflowing with fresh berries! Happy Monday Katherine!

  4. Katherine – this is actually the first recipe that makes me want to use chia! Going to try it with some of my rhubarb! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. It does sound too good to be true! Lucky us! YUM!!

  6. I love chia jam! And all three of these look delicious! I’m totally trying the mango version soon. Have a great week, Katherine!

  7. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Interesting! I didn’t know you can use chia seeds for making jam. (Which actually totally makes sense as they absorb and thicken things up so well). Beautiful flavours, too. My favourite one would be raspberry…and mango…and of course, cherry, too. Not to forget a beautiful combo of mango&raspberry. Thank you for such a brilliant idea, I’ll definitely give it a try in summer!

  8. Chia jam is my jam…haha, see what I did there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol! Seriously though, I always make some because it’s just so darn easy! Love the variety you have here…now I want some toast!! Hope you’re having a fab week, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXO

  9. Kendra | www.joyinourhome.com

    These jams look amazing, Katherine! I love that theyโ€™re not loaded with sugar! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Can jam get any healthier than this? I so need to try it soon and my favorite one is raspberry… sounds so delish

  11. Absolutely into home made jams: so quickly and healthy ! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much !

  12. I add chia to my yogurt every day but now I must make jam! Who knew it was so easy—and no guilt smearing it all over my toast!!

  13. I wish I thought of this when my kids were little too! Chia jams are so great!! I just want to eat out of those jars right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hey Katherine,

    YUM! I love the combination of flavors and colors. It’s an interesting recipe. I will try it soon.

  15. Oh my goodness! I didn’t even know this was possible! I am loving that it’s only three ingredients, super easy and NO SUGAR!! I would put this jam on EVERYTHING!

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  17. What can I use to substitute the honey? My baby girl is 8 months old! Thanks

  18. I appreciate how this only requires 3 ingredients and it’s made with some chia which gives it some extra nutrition! I love it. I need to try making this at home!

  19. Hi Kat

    This looks delicious and Chia jams are so great!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  20. I was very sceptical at first to give to my 1 year old. He loved it, he actually wanted to it from the jar. We tried the blueberry with honey.Thank you so much for the recipe x

  21. How long does this last in the fridge?

  22. Babies shouldn’t be given honey!! Its on so many of the guidelines of food to avoid. I’m not sure if this is different in the UK but this is on the NHS website about why honey shouldn’t be given before 12 months.

    Occasionally, honey contains bacteria that can produce toxins in a baby’s intestines, leading to infant botulism, which is a very serious illness.

    If you google you’ll see lots of articles and sites saying the same. Please edit your recipe!

    I am looking forward to trying it without the honey though! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HI Rebecca! I know all about this, as I have 3 kids! It was never my intent to make this recipe seem like it contained honey. It was only an optional addition in the recipe to sweeten things up, as this recipe is for all humans (not just babies). That being said, I see your point that this could be dangerous and I’ve removed the honey from the optional ingredients and limited it to maple syrup, to avoid any confusion! Thank you for pointing this out and I hope you give it a try anyway!

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