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.
- 2 cups fruit, fresh or frozen*
- 2 tbsp water**
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- optional: 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey (for additional sweetness)
- 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***.
- Remove from heat, and stir in the chia seeds. If you like your jam a bit sweeter, add the maple syrup or honey 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.
*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