Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
Finding low sugar options to spread on our kids toast, sandwiches, and pancakes can be a challenge. And making traditional jam is often too time consuming for those of us with little kids. Which is why chia seed jam is so awesome! It’s ready to eat in about 20 minutes and has only three simple ingredients. It also tastes completely delicious.
Ingredients in Chia Seed Jam
To make this healthy blueberry jam, you’ll need blueberries, orange juice, and chia seeds. That’s it! It’s incredibly simple and you can use fresh or frozen berries in this recipe according to what you have on hand.
Are chia seeds safe for babies and kids?
Chia seeds are a good source of healthy fats and fiber and are a good food to serve to kids in moderation. Start slowly with the portion size if it’s the first time you’re serving it.
How to Make Blueberry Chia Seed Jam Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe.
- Gather your ingredients.
- Add the berries and juice to a saucepan.
- Remove from heat, stir in the chia seeds and let sit.
TIP: You’ll want to mash the berries with the back of the spoon to release all the juices as you stir the seeds in.
How does chia seed thicken jam?
The seeds absorb some of the liquid from the berries and plump up as they turn into a sort of gel. So when you let them sit in the warm berries, they magically create a jam-like texture!
What other fruit can I use in this recipe?
You can try this chia seed jam recipe with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or a mixture. I’ve even made it with huckleberries when we were lucky enough to have some from Montana!
How long does this last in the fridge?
You can store this jam in an airtight container for 5-7 days in the fridge. Or in the freezer for about 3 months.
Is it safe to can chia seed jam?
Since this jam has low sugar content and isn’t high in acid, it’s not advised that you can it in either a water bath or a pressure canner.
Chia Pudding with Yogurt
One of my favorite things about this easy jam is that it’s so easy to turn it into instant chia pudding with yogurt! Simply stir some of the finished and cooled jam together with whole milk plain yogurt for a nutritious breakfast or snack.
TIP: The pudding has fiber, protein, healthy fats, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, making it a nutrient-dense toddler or baby food.
How can I use this chia seed jam?
We like to use this jam on toast and sandwiches, over pancakes and waffles, stirred into yogurt and oatmeal, and as the “fruit” in DIY fruit on the bottom yogurts.
Tips for Making the Best Chia Seed Jam
- Store in airtight containers in the fridge for about 5-7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Sweeten to taste with maple syrup or honey.
- Use jam on toast, pancakes, or waffles.
- Stir into oatmeal or yogurt.
- Use equal parts jam and yogurt to stir together a quick and healthy chia seed pudding.
- Try a different fruit like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries.
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You can make this with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use the yogurt option to turn it into a quick and easy chia seed pudding.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1–2 tablespoons maple syrup, optional
- plain whole-milk yogurt, optional
- Place the blueberries and juice into a saucepan.
- Warm over medium and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the berries start to release their juices. Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds. Cover and let cool.
- Stir and mash the berries with the back of a spoon. The chia seeds will have plumped up to thicken the jam.
- Store in airtight containers.
- Or, let cool and combine an equal amounts of the jam with whole milk plain yogurt for a quick chia pudding.
Store in airtight containers in the fridge for about 5-7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Sweeten to taste with maple syrup or honey.
Use jam on toast, pancakes, or waffles.
Stir into oatmeal or yogurt.
Use equal parts jam and yogurt to stir together a quick and healthy chia seed pudding.
Try a different fruit like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries.