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Healthy Chia Jam – Strawberry

This simple Strawberry Chia Seed Jam takes only 10-minutes to prepare, and it’s completely vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free (or add maple syrup).

2 rice cakes topped with chia jam and canning jar filled with strawberry jam

There are so many reasons to love this delicious healthy jam. Spread a little on your PB&J sandwich, toast, or even mix in a cup of vegan yogurt.

It’s made with only wholesome and easy ingredients:

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Chia seeds that help thicken the jam
  • Maple syrup (completely optional)
measuring cup full of chopped strawberries, bottle of maple syrup, and measuring spoon with chia seeds

What are chia seeds good for?

Chia seeds are actually members of the mint plant and are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica. They mostly grow in Mexico and the Southwest U.S.A.

They don’t have much flavor, but when used to make foods, they add a ton of nutritional value.

2 Tbsp of chia seeds has:

  • 5 grams omega 3 fatty acids
  • 10 grams of fiber (helps stimulate weight loss)
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 17% of daily calcium needs
  • 12% daily iron requirements
  • 23% of daily magnesium

They are loaded with antioxidants, may help with digestion and weight loss, and possibility even your bones due to their high calcium content.

Add chia seeds to foods that you’re already eating such as mixing into muffin and pancake batter, or top yogurt or nice cream with them to add a little crunch and a lot of nutrients. Even use them as a thickener in recipes like this one!

vegan yogurt in a blue bowl with strawberry jam and granola on wooden table

How to make chia seed jam

Start with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh berries, you’ll need to wash them and cut the tops off. I like to chop my berries into chunks to speed up the cooking process as well.

Place the berries in a medium-size saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until the fruit begins to break down and bubble. I was tempted to add a little water but thankfully didn’t. No water needs to be added.

stainless pot with chopped strawberries

Stir occasionally, and use a fork or potato masher to mash the berries into the desired consistency. It takes about 7-10 minutes for the fruit to break apart and cook down and begin to bubble.

stainless pot with cooked strawberries and potato masher

Add the chia seeds and maple syrup (if using), and stir well as the fruit sauce begins to thicken. Carefully taste test to see if it is sweet enough. If not, add a little more maple syrup.

Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Serve immediately, or transfer the jam to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. It also freezes well.

glass storage jar filled with strawberry chia seed jam and spoon

Using your chia seed jam

  • I love this jam spread onto a PB&J sandwich.
  • Spread on a bagel or toast in the morning for a quick breakfast.
  • Use it as a topping on vegan yogurt with a little granola.
  • Add it as a topping on pancakes or waffles.
  • Dollop onto crackers, rice cakes, or melba toast for a delicious snack.

Recipe inspired by Gimme Some Oven‘s recipe.

wood cutting board with blue bowl of strawberry chia seed jam and crackers spread with jam

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2 rice cakes topped with chia jam and canning jar filled with strawberry jam

Healthy Chia Jam - Strawberry

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This simple Strawberry Chia Seed Jam takes only 10-minutes to prepare, and it’s completely vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free (or add maple syrup).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh berries, you’ll need to wash them and cut the tops off. I like to chop my berries into chunks to speed up the cooking process as well.
  2. Place the berries in a medium-size saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until the fruit begins to break down and bubble. I was tempted to add a little water but thankfully didn’t. No water needs to be added.
  3. Stir occasionally, and use a fork or potato masher to mash the berries into the desired consistency. It takes about 7-10 minutes for the fruit to break apart and cook down and begin to bubble.
  4. Add the chia seeds and maple syrup (if using), and stir well as the fruit sauce begins to thicken. Carefully taste test to see if it is sweet enough. If not, add a little more maple syrup.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  6. Serve immediately, or transfer the jam to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. It also freezes well.

Notes

Using your chia seed jam

  • I love this jam spread onto a PB&J sandwich.
  • Spread on a bagel or toast in the morning for a quick breakfast.
  • Use it as a topping on vegan yogurt with a little granola.
  • Add it as a topping on pancakes or waffles.
  • Dollop onto crackers, rice cakes, or melba toast for a delicious snack.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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