Homemade Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

This 10-minute Chia Seed Jam is my absolute favorite way to use up those summer berries you have in your fridge! It's so fast and ridiculously easy to make, thickened with chia seeds instead of sugar, and totally delicious, made with wholesome ingredients you can feel great about.

Chia Seed Jam is a healthy and delicious alternative compared to store-bought jams. It uses fresh berries and ingredients that you don't have to think twice about. If you think making homemade jam is hard, think again! It's rich, sweet, and has the perfect consistency. And if you love chia pudding, you're sure to love chia seed jam!

What's So Great About Making This Jam?

Chia Seeds Thicken the Jam! So you can totally and completely opt out of using sugar! Traditional jams have an insane amount of sugar. But not chia jam! I only add honey or maple syrup if I'm using tarty fruits.

You can Use Fresh or Frozen Berries/Fruit. Perfect for leftover berries you have in your fridge, wouldn't you say? Or when you finally get to dig through your freezer and discover you still have frozen berries from the year before!

No Canning Required. You could store these in batches if you have the time, energy, and the talent! But unfortunately for me, I don't know the first thing about about canning. So just making one or two jars is plenty for the next week or two for me!

It's easy to make in small batches. Like I've mentioned before, this recipe is perfect for those small batches or cute gifts for the people you love! This recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups.

One Batch only takes about 10 minutes. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Made in the same amount of time it takes to brew your coffee in the morning!

Use Any Fruit! Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cherries, Peaches, Apricots, Kiwi's, Pineapple's....you name it! Feel free to customize to your preference and seasonings!

Holidays! Oh how excited I am when the end of the year rolls around! Because it means new fruit are in season and you get to gift these adorable little jars to friends and family!

Is Chia Jam Healthy?

If you ever picked up a jar of store bought jam, and read the ingredients, you'll noticed that somewhere in the first five ingredients, there's tons of sugar. And unfortunately, it'll catch you by surprise. They're mostly using high fructose corn syrup, along with standard corn syrup and regular sugar. Not to mention, the horrible amount of pectin used to thicken it up.

So naturally, homemade chia seed jam is the opposite of that. It uses nutrient dense and fiber rich chia seeds, which not only have good health benefits, but also thicken the jam. And a smidge of pure maple syrup. With some if your fruit is already sweet enough, you won't even need additional sugar.

Chia Seed Ingredients

  • Fresh Blackberries. You can also use any fruit.
  • Chia Seeds. Just 2 tbsp is all you need.
  • Sweetener. I used maple syrup, but you can use honey, or any other sweetener you have on hand or prefer.
  • Lemon Juice. A fresh of fresh lemon gives it that extra kick, and acts as a preservative.

But most of all why I love making this Jam? Well, if you haven't noticed, it tastes amazing. Toast, PB&J, Granola, Yogurt Parfaits, Waffles, Cheese Boards, Thumbprint Cookies, and the list goes on!

More Chia Recipes To Try

Prep time:
5 minutes
Cook time:
5 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
10 minutes
2 1/2 cups



  1. Slice the blackberries into small pieces.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine blackberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and chia seeds. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the berries let their juices out, and begins to bubble. Using a spoon to help break the fruit down.
  3. Once you take the berries off the stove, you can use a potato masher or an immersion blender to puree the fruit.
  4. Allow the jam to cool.

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