Have you ever tried making chia jam, a pectin-free way to make your own preserves? This Blueberry Chia Jam uses just 3 ingredients – frozen blueberries, maple syrup, and chia seeds – and is perfect for toast, oatmeal, or baked goods.
Jam is traditionally crushed fruit cooked with sugar and pectin – as water evaporates, the fruit thickens to a spreadable consistency. Instead of pectin, which requires a lot of sugar to set, we’re using the absorbency of chia seeds to thicken our frozen fruit.
Bonus: chia seeds are packed with healthy fat and protein, so your toast with jam can be more filling. Ch-ch-ch-chia!
I love keeping frozen berries on hand, because even in the summer, they are cheaper than fresh!
I use them for smoothies, and baked goods, and recipes like this chia jam where the additional liquid is beneficial. The frozen fruit will basically let off fruit juice as it thaws for the chia seeds to soak up – much better than adding water to our recipe.
- 1 and ½ cups frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 and ½ tablespoons chia seeds
- In a small saucepan, combine frozen blueberries with maple syrup. Begin to cook on medium heat, allowing the berries to thaw while you stir them. After about 5 minutes, you should have a decent amount of liquid that has come out of the berries.
- Use a potato masher or a fork to quickly mash up some of the frozen berries (do this to your taste - I like some berry chunks so I leave some berries intact).
- Add in the chia seeds and stir to incorporate. Stirring frequently, let the mixture cook for 10 minutes until there is no liquid at the bottom of the pan when you stir the mixture. Taste the mixture and adjust sweetness if desired.
- Refrigerate the mixture until firm (4+ hours), and keep refrigerated.
Looking for a way to use up your fresh picked berries? I have yet to experiment with fresh fruit, but using fresh berries will yield less liquid for the chia seeds to absorb.
If you want to play with it, you will need to add a bit of water at the beginning of the recipe or reduce the amount of chia seeds by a bit. Let me know if you try this!