Strawberry Chia Jam, made with frozen strawberries, chia seeds, maple syrup, and just a little lemon, is so much better than the store-bought version. If you love good jam, making it fresh is the way to go! With only a few ingredients, Chia Seed Jam is very easy to make. Chia Jam also keeps well in the refrigerator; you’ll love having a big batch of this recipe in your fridge to enjoy with breakfast throughout the week! So, if you’re ready, grab a sauce pot, some frozen strawberries, and let’s make some Chia Seed Jelly!
Why We Love This Recipe
- Amazing flavor! This Strawberry Chia Jam recipe is so amazingly flavorful! We love using frozen strawberries in this recipe because they are sweeter than fresh berries and, with just a little maple syrup, you’ll have the perfect amount of sweetness! This jam stands out from many others with just a pinch of cinnamon which adds depth and warmth. A little lemon adds a tangy punch to the berries and makes this a perfectly well-rounded strawberry jam! We know you’ll love it!
- So easy to make! Just five simple ingredients required to make this Chia Seed Jelly. It all goes into a single pot and takes only minutes to make. If you have kids, this is a great recipe that they’ll enjoy with breakfast and you (a busy parent) will have time to make this since it’s so simple.
- Healthy, Vegan. There isn’t anything unhealthy about this recipe unless you eat a lot of it in one sitting which (with this recipe) can happen. This recipe is Vegan (even the butter in the photo is Vegan). Let’s look at just a couple of the ingredients in this recipe and their health benefits.
Strawberry Chia Jam Recipe
- Chia seeds
- Lemon juice
- Maple syrup
How to Make Strawberry Chia Jam
- Break down the berries. Place berries in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high; stir occasionally. Continue to cook berries until they begin to break down, bubble, and liquify; roughly 10 minutes.
- Mash or blend. Using an immersion blender or potato masher, break down the berries further until you receive the desired consistency.
- Remaining ingredients. Add in the chia seeds, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon; mix until combined.
- Let cool and thicken. Remove saucepan from heat and let sit for roughly 5 minutes (your jam will thicken as it cools).
- Fresh or frozen. You can use either fresh or frozen berries. Frozen berries are slightly sweeter so keep that in mind when making your choice.
- Any fruit you like. This recipe works well with almost any fruit so feel free to experiment.
Why Use Chia Seeds?
We use chia seeds as a thickening agent to give our jam a nice firm spread-like-texture. Store-bought jams typically include a lot of sugar and pectin to produce the thickening effect. Pectin is a type of starch which comes from fruits and vegetables. Using chia seeds instead of pectin makes this recipe healthier since we are substituting something processed (pectin) for something natural and raw (chia seeds).
If you enjoyed this Vegan Plate recipe, here are other recipes we know you’ll love!
Vegan Breakfast Recipes
- Chia Seed Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
- Quinoa Oatmeal
- Baked Apple Oatmeal
- Vegan French Toast
- Vegan Zucchini Bread
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place berries in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high; stir occasionally. Continue to cook berries until they begin to break down, bubble, and liquify; roughly 10 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender or potato masher, break down the berries further until you receive the desired consistency.
- Add in the chia seeds, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon; mix until combined.
- Remove saucepan from heat and let sit for roughly 5 minutes (your jam will thicken as it cools).
- If you use an immersion blender to break down the berries, be careful not to blend too thoroughly or the jam may become too thin. Most jams, even store-bought, contain some fruit junks so keep this in mind when breaking down your fruit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
The Vegan Plate attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.