Blueberry Chia Jam

Homemade raw blueberry chia jam made from simple, healthy ingredients. Make ahead and store in the fridge for a healthy, wholesome spread for the family.
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This delicious raw blueberry chia jam is vegan-friendly and so easy to make; simply puree fresh blueberries and mix with uber-healthy chia seeds and sweetener of choice.

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I make a conscious effort every day to eat as healthy as possible and to make healthy food choices for my children. After recently discovering that sugar-free jam is apparently on the gmo hit-list, I decided it was time to attempt making some homemade jam for the family.

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I’ve used chia seeds in many smoothie recipes in the past and have noticed that with their chunky consistency they resemble the texture of jam.

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The first time I made this jam I soaked the seeds in water until plump and doubled in size then mixed in the pureed berries. In hindsight, I realized that I could simply mix all the ingredients together at once, which of course meant one less step in the preparation process.
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This specific variation was my third go at the recipe…the first time I made it with fresh blackberries and the second with mixed frozen summer berries. All three variations are equally delicious!!

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Ingredients
(Yields about 1 cup)
1 cup fresh organic blueberries (or frozen, thawed berries)
3 tbs. chia seeds
1/2 cup distilled water
2-3 tbs. liquid sweetener of choice (agave, honey, maple syrup
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

NOTE:
*If using frozen berries you will need to reduce the amount of water in the recipe because the frozen berries retain water, which you can add to the jam. Start with a 1/4 cup of distilled water, allow to set in the fridge for an hour or so then add more water (1-2 tbs. at a time) until the chia seeds have softened completely.
*If using fresh berries, remove any residue by soaking them in a vinegar and water solution (1 part vinegar: 3 parts water) for 5-7 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

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Preparation
Blend berries in a small food processor until very smooth. If you prefer a chunkier jam, simply pulse them until you get the desired consistency.

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Transfer the blueberry puree to a small bowl, add the chia seeds, water, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of sweetener.

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Mix until combined. Taste and adjust sweetener if desired.

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Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap (or store in an air-tight container) and let sit in the fridge overnight or for at least 4-5 hours until the chia seeds have doubled in size and are fully softened. *You will know the chia seeds are fully softened because they should be plump and soft and sort of  “pop” in your mouth rather than have a crunchy bite to them.

It might take some getting used to this jam as it oozes “health”, meaning it’s neither super-sweet nor fake-tasting, which many of us, including myself, have grown accustomed to!

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Serving suggestions:

  • Substitute for regular jam and spread on toast, or in pb & j sandwiches
  • Mix into overnight oats
  • Serve as a garnish on pancakes, crepes, or waffles
  • Make a parfait by mixing with Greek yogurt and homemade granola
  • Mix into your favourite ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Add to smoothies for extra sweetness
  • Mix into muffin or cookie batter
  • Eat by the spoonful!

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Blueberry Chia Jam written by Lisa Codina average rating 5/5 - 3 user ratings
  • http://berlinbythebay.com/ Jordan | Berlin by the Bay

    I was just going to attempt to make chia jam myself over the weekend-we are so on the same page! :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Yes, we are! I’m making chocolate chia pudding next, you?! ;-)

  • monica

    I always stay away from sugar-free because they are often migraine triggers. But isn’t it disheartening to learn that so many foods contain GMOs?? This looks like another one of your amazing recipes – and your photos are really fantastic!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Really? I didn’t know that…but then again I don’t suffer from migraines! It IS so disheartening to find out about all these GMO’s…nothing we eat is safe anymore! Ugh!

  • http://sensualappealblog.com/ Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    YES I love chia so this is fantastic! I make a similar jam myself :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I’ve been addicted to them as of late…just made a chocolate pudding with chia seeds and it’s just as delish! Thanks for the feedback ;-)