Making homemade jam has never been easier! Before the summer officially ends, why not preserve the sweet flavor of your favorite berries by making a batch of jam? Homemade jam typically requires a lot of time and equipment. In order to get it to thicken properly, you usually have to use a thickening agent like pectin along with a significant amount of sugar. My quick and easy Blackberry Chia Jam will take you only about 15 minutes to make and it uses the natural gelling properties of chia seeds.
liquids so when added to food like this homemade jam, it thickens it naturally in just minutes. Because the chia acts as a thickening agent, you can use much less sugar than traditional jam. I use a small amount of maple syrup to sweeten it but you can use honey, sugar or any sweetener of your choice and adjust to taste. This recipe will work well with any berries including strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Try it- you’ll be so amazed at the results, you’ll never buy jam again!
Blackberry Chia Jam
- 1 pound fresh blackberries (can substitute blueberries, strawberries or raspberries)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Heat the blackberries in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 6-7 minutes until the berries start to soften and break down. Mash the berries lightly with a potato masher or fork, leaving some chunks. Stir in the lemon juice, maple syrup and chia seeds and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often. Turn the heat off and let the mixture cool. As it cools, the jam will thicken. Store jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.