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

blueberry chia jam

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

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


Yields 1-1/2 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Recipe Type: Spread
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Paleo, Dairy-free
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  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. 

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June 13, 2014

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  1. I LOVE this!!! Thanks for including me. So I used to HATE jam but then I went to the most amazing farmer’s market in Martha’s Vineyard and they had like a million different jams to try and I fell in love. There was a blueberry ginger jam that was UNREAL. C and I are hoping to make it back to Martha’s Vineyard to visit my cousin at some point and you better bet we’ll be stopping by your new place!

  2. I made my first batch of jam last year with strawberries and it wasn’t that great, so I’m determined to succeed! Blueberry jam sounds better…and I love the idea of using chia seeds!

  3. I used to make blackberry jam with my grandma from the blackberries we would pick on her property. I may need to find some fresh blackberries and try this recipe using those (or blueberries since I love them too). This looks amazing!

  4. Your pictures are lovely and I’m hoping to make this tomorrow! Wondering – how sweet is this jam? Would adding extra honey alter the final product’s consistency?
    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  5. The recipe sounds wonderful, and the photos are beautiful! I can’t wait to try it! Where can I get those adorable jars? 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Also wondering if this can be canned in a water bath like my other blueberry jam with sugar and pectin. I’m thinking it should work since the honey is replacing the sugar and the chia seed with lemon help thicken like the pectin does.

    1. for safe canning practice it is the acidity that is important. There shouldn’t be a problem with the blueberries but you need to check if chia seeds can be included for canning. Sorry I don’t know the answer!

  7. Can the honey be added after the blueberries cool a little? Heating honey will partially destroys honey’s beneficial enzymes.

  8. I do something similar with frozen berries. I like to use mixed berries, but any frozen fruit will work. Same process with the sweetener and the chia. Last time I used a few drops of stevia since I’m trying not to have sugar of any kind. Family loves it! I love the idea of using fresh blueberries – that’s next on my list!

  9. How much does this recipe make and do the chia seeds affect the taste. Could you use tapioca in place of the chia seeds? It has basically the same properties.

  10. I was wondering if it’s supposed to be sweet cause mine wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked. And could it be because I used agave instead of honey?

  11. I’m so excited to give this recipe a try – been looking for an alternative to the super sweet and sugar-loaded jams in stores! Do you know roughly how much this makes? Want to make sure it’s enough for brunch!

  12. This looks like an amazingly easy recipe! I didn’t know one could ‘can’ without all the equipment. I realize this will not keep in a pantry but it’s almost as good! And no extra added costs! I even had chia seeds I bought but happens found a use for yet! The jam is cooling and thickening as I type! Thanks for testing this recipe out for us!!!

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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. ?

  19. 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?

  20. 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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  21. 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

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

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