Easy Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

This 4-Ingredient Easy Blueberry Jam is thickened with chia seeds, lightly sweetened, and seriously delicious! It’s kid-approved and Paleo friendly.

Blueberry jam with chia seeds in a jarEasy Blueberry Jam Recipe

This month we’re celebrating Summer fun, and what better than to celebrate with a healthy kid-friendly chia seed jam that can be topped or spread on everything! Ice cream, crepes, oatmeal, muffins, yogurt, pancakes, waffles, toast, or even have a spoonful plain! Blueberries are a superfood that I simply cannot get enough of. When they are back in season I stock up weekly and when they’re just about to go out of season, I freeze a bunch for smoothies and muffins!

Say goodbye to store-bought jam loaded with preservatives and sugars. This jam is free of refined sugars and such a fabulous healthy alternative to traditional jam. You are going to be amazed at just how quickly it comes together and how thick it gets! I give the credit to the chia seeds, a super healthy seed used as the thickener!

Ingredients Needed For Blueberry Chia Jam:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons  honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

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Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

Yes! Chia seeds are a Paleo-friendly and nutrient-dense. They’re easy to digest and can even aid in digestion by helping this move along! They are also contain omega-3’s which means they’re not only good for your body but also good for your brain!

Can you make jam without pectin?

Absolutely! The chia seeds thicken this jam wonderfully by absorbing a lot of the liquid of the strawberries without having to cook the mixture for hours. As the directions state, we recommend cooking it a bit to get the correct desired consistency, and then after cooking the chia seeds will continue to absorb liquid to thicken up the jam.

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How long will this Blueberry Jam last?

Store in a mason jar for up to 10 days in the refrigerator!

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Easy Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

This 4-Ingredient Easy Blueberry Jam is thickened with chia seeds, lightly sweetened, and seriously delicious! It’s kid-approved and Paleo friendly.

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1-1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Spread
  • Cuisine: Gluten- Free, paleo, dairy-free

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a pot add blueberries, sweetener and lemon juice.
  2. Turn on heat to medium and let the mixture come to a simmer, gently mash down the berries. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine.
  3. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking.
  4. Once thick, remove from heat, let cool and store in air-tight containers for up to one week.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.3g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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June 13, 2014

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  1. Made this with frozen mixed berries and it was so easy and turned out well! I let it cool a bit and then used it right away to make breakfast bars. My question is, had I let it sit in the fridge would the chia seeds have become softer, like more of the consistency they get when you make chia pudding? Thanks for another easy recipe!

  2. OMG! This was delicious! Thank you for the recipe. I will be making these on a regular basis for sure!

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  3. So, how many half pint jam jars will this recipe fill????? I wanna use the little diamond pattern Ball canning jars. Yep, I’m gonna really water bath can it, lol

  4. I just made this using stevia and frozen berries. Very nice. Thickened beautifully. Thanks for a simple good recipe. I’m going to try freezing some and see what happens. I can always use it as a yogurt topping. Thanks for your post. Karen

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  5. I have to be very careful with my carb count. Can I use the imitation honey or sugar free maple syrup? The chia seeds will thicken it, but I wondering if my way will be sweet enough. Also, do you have a breakdown of the carbs for this?

  6. Can you use a water bath this jam with chia seeds? I tried doing so with strawberries, and it didn’t work. It was a waste of so much time and money. ?

  7. Ive never even seen chia seeds in my small town. Where are they located in the market and what’s a good substitute
    Looks amazing

  8. Lexi, thank you so much for this recipe. I call it “blueberry jauce” because it can be used as jam or sauce. It can be used n toast, crackers, ice cream, mixed with smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, topping for cheesecake – the list is endless! I ‘ve been quadrupling the recipe ( 8 cups blueberries, 1/2 C honey, 1/2 C lemon juice and 1/2 C chia seeds to make 6 half pints at a time which I hot water bath for 12 minutes. Every jar so far has sealed perfectly!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! Are there chunks of blueberry skin in the jam? I want to make this jam for my little, but he hates the blueberry skin.

    Thanks!

  10. Hi Lexi,
    Thanks for the recipe, it was very helpful even though I changed it a bit. I was going more for a syrup than jam so I didn’t add chia seeds or lemon. Honey as the sweetener is perfect. I already shared with my Sister and I will definitely be coming back to this recipe. I’ve read in other placed that you can use lemon seeds as a pectin/thickener as well. Thanks again.
    Heidy

  11. I was wondering if you water bathed the jars will the shelve life be loner or is your recipe not set up for longer life outside the fridge

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