Delicious not-too-sweet Blueberry Chia Jam that is easy to make, and ready to eat in 30 minutes – using just 4 ingredients! Vegan, Paleo, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free AND Clean Eating approved!
Ever go nuts in the grocery store when berries are on sale, and be rummaging in your fridge a little while later and find them… and need to use them FAST?!
Yeah, me too.
I bought more blueberries than we could feasibly eat, and so decided to make a quick jam. Typically, jams use a lot of sugar, require added pectin, and have reasonably long cooking times to thicken and set.
I’m a working mother. Nap-time on weekends is only so long, people! I had to hustle to get in the kitchen and out again before the beasts awoke demanding snacks.
This jam uses chia seeds to give it a delicious thickness, and added bonus – a nutrition boost, too. It’s gluten free, high fiber, kosher, vegan AND paleo (and probably clean eating)!
When a chia seed is exposed to liquid, it creates a gel – much like pectin does in jams and jellies – so it’s perfect for use in this way. Thickens the jam so well, I may never make jam the traditional way again.
I love that it’s low in sugar, but still tastes like a thick and luxurious jam, as well as provides some nutrition benefits, like fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and calcium. AND it tastes good?! WIN!
IMPORTANT: UNLIKE jams with pectin and a ton of sugar, this blueberry chia jam is NOT appropriate for processing and canning. Why? because science. This is a “refrigerator jam” meaning “just keep it in the fridge and eat it fast”
I mean, check this out. Eating it fast is not really going to be a problem, is it?
Using just 4 ingredients, I managed to get this made and in a jar in under 30 minutes.
This recipe makes about a cup and a half when it all cooks down – and will store in the refrigerator for a week or two. I plan to use it on toast, and maybe make some sweet hand-pies with it.
What would YOU make with your jam?
30 Minute Blueberry Chia Jam
- 2 cups fresh blueberries washed
- 3 Tbs honey
- 1 Tbs lemon juice fresh
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- Combine the blueberries, honey and lemon juice in a heavy bottomed saucepan, and heat over medium heat until the berries begin to "pop" (about 5 minutes).
- Stir the chia seeds in, and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and cool (to room temp) before using.