This Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam is the perfect healthy alternative to conventional jam! It’s made with 3 healthy, natural, whole-food ingredients and it’s quick and easy to make! Watch the VIDEO below to see how easy it is to make, and don’t forget to scroll down to the end of this blog post for the FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE!
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*I originally posted this recipe in April 2015. I’ve updated it today with new photos, but no changes to the recipe.
Limiting refined sugars is such a tough job these days because almost all processed foods contain refined sugar in some form. On my journey to healthy eating, jam is one of the foods I completely eliminated from my diet almost immediately because it’s so high in refined sugar. I grew up with my mom and grandmothers making jams and jellies every spring and summer for our family to enjoy all year around and because I was spoiled with homemade jam, I had no problem giving up the store-bought stuff.
I’m so excited to be sharing this Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam with you today, because it’s become one of our family’s favourite snacks. My husband’s favourite treat is a slice of homemade bread slathered in nut butter and jam, so giving up jam like I did just wasn’t an option for him. And since I didn’t want our little ones filling their bellies with all that refined sugar, I knew there had to be a better option. I was skeptical that any jam recipe I found could compete in the taste department, but this Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam REALLY does!!
This Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam is made from only 3 ingredients: Strawberries, Chia Seeds and Honey! That’s it! No refined sugar, no gelatin, no pectin. Just healthy, simple ingredients packed with nutrition. The chia seeds do all the hard word of creating a jam-like texture, and the honey brings just enough sweetness. I’ve been making this delicious recipe for years and I was originally inspired by this recipe and this recipe.
I hope you enjoy this Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam as much as our family does! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite jam flavour? I’d love to know!
Looking for more delicious strawberry recipes? Before you grab the recipe for this Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam at the end of this blog post, check out these delicious recipes below!
This Strawberry Banana Orange Power Smoothie is one of my favourite ways to enjoy strawberries!!
These Strawberry Swirl Cupcakes are a reader favourite recipe!!
These Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles are one of our favourite summer treats!
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Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
- 3 tbsp honey add 1 more tablespoon if you like your jam very sweet, or other vegan honey substitute
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the strawberries. Add the honey and place on the stove over medium heat.
As the strawberries begin to soften over the heat, stir them around in their juices and the honey.
Once the berries have softened to the point that they're starting to fall apart, use a potato masher or fork to break them up even more.
Let the mixture come to a slow boil, stirring almost continually. Once you see some big bubbles break the surface, add the chia seeds.
The chia seeds will help the jam achieve a gelatinous texture while also adding fibre, protein and healthy Omega-3 fats.
Continue stirring the mixture over low heat for about 15 minutes, and then remove the pan from the stove.
- If you enjoy jam with small chunks of fruit in it, then you're done! Simply pour the mixture into a mason jar and cover it tightly with a lid.
If you'd prefer jam with a smoother texture, feel free to add the mixture to your blender and pulse it a few times before pouring it into a mason jar. Or, use an immersion blender and pulse only a few times.
While the jam is still hot it may seem more fluid that you would expect. The chia seeds need a bit of time to do their work, so let the jam cool to room temperature in the jar and then put your jar of jam in the fridge for a few hours and it will achieve the perfect texture.
Enjoy on toast, gluten-free crackers or scones, over yogurt or even ice cream.
While the jam is still hot it may seem more fluid that you would expect. The chia seeds need a bit of time to do their work, so put your jar of jam in the fridge for a few hours and it will achieve the perfect texture. It keeps for a couple weeks in the fridge, but beware: since it doesn't contain any preservatives and hasn't undergone the proper canning process it must be kept refrigerated.
This jam can be canned, but please follow proper canning instructions to ensure food safety.