Strawberry Chia Jam

Making homemade strawberry jam has never been easier, only requires 3 ingredients, and no sugar needed.  You will not believe how easy it is to make strawberry chia jam for a healthy jam option!

Strawberry Chia Jam | Making homemade strawberry jam has never been easier, only requires 3 ingredients, and no sugar needed.  You will not believe how easy it is to make strawberry chia jam for a healthy jam option! | A Sweet Pea Chef

What was your favorite school lunch when you were a kid? Mine was a PB&J sandwich! Nothing beats a classic, am I right? Heck — I still enjoy a PB&J almost weekly.

Sweet and savory at the same time, soft with just a little bit of crunch, ugh, I’m getting hungry already! Bet you thought you couldn’t enjoy this old fave in a clean eating lifestyle.  Use a thick slice of whole wheat bread or even a brown rice cake, layered with natural peanut butter and a healthy dollop of this homemade strawberry jam.  All the goodness.

Problem with most jams out there — even the healthier ones at the store — is the insane amount of sugar that gets added to the jam.  I mean…WHY?  There’s no need for all that added sugar.  I mean, we’re talking about sweet fruit already, am I right?

Let’s bring back those happy, carefree days without a trace of guilt. It’s all about making healthier choices!

Bowl of fresh strawberries that will need to be diced and cooked for the strawberry chia jam.

Ever since I’ve made my Strawberry Chia Jam for the first time, not only can I not stop eating PB&Js, but I keep adding the jam into everything! Every dessert is better with a spoonful of this fruity deliciousness.

This Strawberry Chia Jam is just perfect for these summer days and so easy to make, seriously. We’ll be skipping the unnecessary sugar and using chia seeds to thicken the jam and just a touch raw honey or pure maple syrup to make it perfect!

Bowl of fresh strawberries that have been washed and diced and are ready to be cooked down and made into strawberry chia jam. Overhead view of a sauce pan filled with fresh strawberries that will be cooked down until syrupy for the strawberry chia jam.

HOW TO MAKE JAM

There’s nothing easier than making summer strawberry jam! For realz.  Making homemade jam doesn’t require any special equipment or fancy ingredients. All you need is your favorite fruit.  In this case, we’ll be using fresh strawberries, but you can choose any other fruit, such as peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries… You name it, you can jam it! 🙂

Just follow these super easy steps for how to make jam:

  1. Add the strawberries to a saucepan and set over medium heat.
  2. Cook until the strawberries break down and become liquidly, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mash the fruit with the back of a spatula or a potato masher.  You can make it as smooth or as lumpy as you’d like here for the texture of the jam.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the honey. Taste, and add more honey, as needed, for additional sweetness.  If vegan, use pure maple syrup instead of raw honey.
  5. Add the chia seeds, and stir to combine.
  6. Let stand 5-10 minutes, or until thickened.  The jam will continue to thicken, especially once refrigerated, but if you’d like a thicker consistency, particularly with very high-liquid fruits, you can stir in more chia seeds 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a jar or sealable mason jar.

I prefer to make homemade jam with fresh fruit, but when in need, frozen works, too. Once you’ve got your fruit, all you need to do is chop it up and cook it to break it down.  Then, use a potato masher or a spoon to break down the fruit into small pieces.

The mashed cooked strawberries have been removed from the heat and chia seeds have been added to thicken the strawberry chia jam.

How Long To Cook Chia Seed Jam

The cooking time depends on the kind of fruit you choose to make the jam. Some fruits take longer to break down and become syrupy.  Typically, though, it shouldn’t take more than 8-10 minutes over medium high heat in a sauce pan to cook down the fresh fruit.

Then, just remove it from the heat, add in the chia seeds and any sweetener, and let it set.  No more cooking required!

Side view of a jar of the strawberry chia jam with a spoon in the jar. You can see the chia seeds and chunks of strawberries in the jar. Close up of a jar of strawberry chia seed jam.

How To Sweeten Jam Without Sugar

This is my favorite thing about making homemade chia jam: no need to load it with tons of sugar!  In fact, you don’t even need to add any sugar at all, as the fruit contains fructose which is naturally sweet.  If your fruit just isn’t quite sweet enough once you taste it, you can sweeten it some with either raw honey or pure maple syrup (this also keeps it vegan).   The jam will be sweet and delicious and without the unnecessary calories and processed sugar!

How To Store Homemade Jam

This chia jam will store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, if stored in an air-tight container. I use these adorbs glass jars or mason jars for great jam jar options.  The jam will thicken further and become more set once it’s completely chilled. The jam can also be frozen for up to 3 months — just thaw in the fridge before using.

Hand holding a brown rice cake that has homemade strawberry jam spread over it and is ready to eat.

HOW TO MAKE JAM WITH CHIA SEEDS

Want to make a healthy version of your favorite berry jam that’s low carb and still deliciously thick and spreadable? Skip the sugar (and the pectin) and add in chia seeds!  The gelling power of chia seeds will turn your mashed fruit into a delicious spreadable jam in a matter of minutes.

Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 and protein — a powerful combo which makes them a real energy-booster and a perfect healthy option to add into your homemade chia jam recipe.

If you’re looking for more fruits to make chia seed jam, here are some great options:

  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • grapes
  • apples
  • rhubarb

Okay, be right back — gonna be making ALL the jam.

Overhead view of two jars of strawberry chia jam, siting next to fresh strawberries and a rice cake with strawberry chia jam spread.

To make jam with chia seeds, all you need to do is stir in chia seeds to the already cooked fruit and let it stand for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. If you’d like a thicker consistency, stir in more chia seeds, 1 tablespoon at the time, until you’re happy with the final result

Are you ready? Let’s jam!  <– See what I just did right there?  I’ll be here all week 😉

 

Strawberry Chia Jam
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cool
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Making homemade strawberry jam has never been easier, only requires 3 ingredients, and no sugar needed.  You will not believe how easy it is to make strawberry chia jam for a healthy jam option!
Categories: Clean Eating, No Refined Sugar, Sauce, Summer, Sweet Treat
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chia jam, chia jams, strawberry chia jam
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 19 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 tbsp raw honey, as needed for sweetness (use pure maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds, plus more as needed, to thicken
Instructions
  1. Add the strawberries to a saucepan and set over medium heat.

  2. Cook until the strawberries break down and become liquidly, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mash the fruit with the back of a spatula or a potato masher.  You can make it as smooth or as lumpy as you'd like here for the texture of the jam.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the honey. Taste, and add more honey, as needed, for additional sweetness.  If vegan, use pure maple syrup instead of raw honey.

  5. Add the chia seeds, and stir to combine.

  6. Let stand 5-10 minutes, or until thickened.  The jam will continue to thicken, especially once refrigerated, but if you'd like a thicker consistency, particularly with very high-liquid fruits, you can stir in more chia seeds 1 tablespoon at a time.

  7. Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a jar or sealable mason jar.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This chia jam will store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, if stored in an air-tight container. The jam will thicken further and become more set once it's completely chilled. The jam can also be frozen for up to 3 months -- just thaw in the fridge before using.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Chia Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.6g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 0.5mg0%
Carbohydrates 2.6g1%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 1.4g2%
Protein 0.4g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

8 thoughts on “Strawberry Chia Jam

  1. Have you tried ‘preserving’ this jam, so it is shelf stable, doesnt require refrigeration or freezing? ‘Canning’ it in glass jars in hot water bath or pressure canning?

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this for the first time last weekend and I am so impressed at how easy and yummy it is. I had to share it with my friends at Wehl. Thanks so much!

  3. Lacey the recipe making idea is very cool for the children as well as adults. The main thing I liked the recipe for its quick and healthy ingredients like strawberries, honey, chia seeds. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing the information with us. Excellent! waiting for your new post-Lacey.

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