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Mixed Berry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

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Jam made with chia seeds.

This is an idea that I wish that I came up with on my own. It is genius. But I cannot take any credit. I have seen chia seed jam floating around Pinterest, but the kicker was when I was leafing through the Oh She Glows cookbook. The picture is so gorgeous – pink strawberries flecked with little black vanilla beans. I chose to use blueberries and raspberries because they were on sale this week and I had some that needed to be used STAT. (If you use strawberries, puree them a bit before you cook them, they will not cook down as much as the other berries, but then proceed as normal.)

Chia seeds naturally absorb liquid, so it is the perfect thing to use to thicken jam. Even better yet – it uses a natural sweetener, pure maple syrup. It tastes fresh and light, and in 20 minutes, you have homemade jam. Spread on toast, or stir into some yogurt.

I have been using vanilla powder a ton lately. Now, I preface – this is not a cheap ingredient, but one that I happen to love to use. It is ground vanilla bean, and a little bit goes a long way. I have been putting it in everything. If you do not want to use vanilla powder, or a bean, vanilla extract is just fine. Just make sure to add it after you take it off of the heat. Otherwise the vanilla extractwill evaporate out.

vanilla berry chia seed jam recipe

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)
3 to 4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (To taste, it depends on how sweet your berries are.)
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla, vanilla powder, or half of a vanilla bean

vanilla berry chia seed jam recipe

In a saucepan, combine the berries and 3 Tablespoons of the maple syrup.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam recipe

Bring to a bubble over medium-high heat, stir frequently.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam recipe

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes. Use a fork or potato masher and break down the berries.

 Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam recipe

Add the chia seeds and cook on low for 15 minutes longer, or until the jam begins to thicken.

vanilla berry chia seed jam recipe

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

vanilla berry chia seed jam recipe

Transfer to a container and let cool. This keeps in the fridge for about two weeks.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam recipe

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Mixed Berry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam


Ingredients

  • 3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla, vanilla powder, or half of a vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the berries and 3 Tablespoons of the maple syrup. Bring to a bubble over medium-high heat, stir frequently.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes. Use a fork or potato masher and break down the berries.
  3. Add the chia seeds and cook on low for 15 minutes longer, or until the jam begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

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  1. Alyssa

    May 1st, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Ahhh I NEED to try making chia seed jam! I’ve seen other recipes, but they usually contain sugar – love that you used maple syrup instead 🙂 This would not only make a wonderful topping for toast, but I’m just imagining it on top of a fresh stack of pancakes….perfection! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  2. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Yes! On pancakes would be amazing. This jam is SO easy too.

  3. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    May 1st, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I have been wanting to make chia jam for ages now but nothing has quite given me the push like this recipe. I MUST have this.

  4. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Yeah! So good and so EASY!

  5. Christina

    May 2nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    LOVE this!!

  6. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    TY!

  7. christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    May 5th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    this looks so good…and most importantly…really easy to make. I love it! I just pinned it… thanks so much for this recipe. love me some chia seeds 😉

  8. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    It is AND super easy. I have a feeling that this will be a summer staple with all of the fresh berries.

  9. ami@naivecookcooks

    May 5th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Bree I am in love with these quick chia seed based jam recipes too! So healthy and tasty and super quick!
    I made thjis 5 min-blueberry-chia seed jam long time ago and still my fav!

  10. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I know! So easy to make too!

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