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Easy Berry Chia Seed Jam

35 min

Homemade staple




10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

This recipe has no added sugar, and it really doesn't need it. The sweetness comes naturally from the berries and the thickening comes naturally from the chia seeds that gel from the juices released by the berries when they thaw.


(1 Tbsp per serving)


35 min


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30 min

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  • 1 cup (150 g)
    frozen raspberries*
  • 1 cup (150 g)
    frozen blueberries*
  • 2 Tbsp (21 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    apple juice
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  1. Place the berries in a medium bowl and microwave at 600W for about 3 minutes, stopping to stir every minute. Alternatively, thaw book the berries in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. When the berries are defrosted, some of its juice will naturally be released. Mash with a fork, allowing some chunks to remain.
  3. Add the chia seeds and juice, and stir to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes for the chia seeds to gel, stirring once halfway.
  4. Transfer to your jar, and enjoy on toast, on oatmeal, in breakfast parfaits, and more!


  • * Using frozen berries are preferred to fresh because they release some juice when defrosted - this juice is then absorbed by the chia seeds to gel.


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Oksana - April 17, 2021, 7:57 p.m.

Chia seeds need to be ground up so you can absorb the nutrients in them better. Also, cooking those berries destroys much of the vitamins in them. Not sure how much healthier this is compared to store bought jams 🙁

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 11:16 a.m.

Hey Oksana! Indeed, if you're looking to absorb most of the nutrients from chia seeds, it's best to enjoy them ground, but luckily chia seeds are also great for us for the fiber they provide 😊 Because of the way chia seeds gel up, they really great for our gut health. Compared to store-bought jams, this recipe has much less sugar. Most store-bought jams use plenty of added sugar to sweeten the jam, whereas this recipe is sweetened naturally with fruits. In any case, you can always use any jam you enjoy - consider this just an option 😉

Kat Reynolds - April 16, 2021, 10:39 p.m.

I cannot believe how easy, how fresh and how wonderful this recipe is! I continually use it for my own jellies and super gifts (quick)! I often substitute other berries/fruits and use lemon or lime juice, a dollop of honey or even a sweeter vinegar for the juice. Exceptional!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:28 a.m.

Aww we appreciate this so much, Kat, and are so glad you're enjoying the recipe!

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - March 29, 2021, 10:11 a.m.

I’ve always avoided jam and marmalade, as they normally contain too much sugar and/or other strange preservatives (due to my type 1 diabetes). It hasn’t really bothered me, as I enjoy fruits and berries au naturel. However, I’m so glad that I found this recipe! It gives variety to my porridge toppings without any high sugar content. I use honey instead of apple juice, as I don’t consume the latter regularly. I still have to grow accustomed to the chia seeds😬
Question to PUL: would it work to freeze fresh, diced fruits/berries in order to use them according to the recipe? Sometimes I don’t find pre-frozen stuff that I would like...

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:15 p.m.

Thank you for the review, Louise! Freezing your own berries or fruit of choice should work just fine. Indeed it would be best to peel/chop them before freezing if needed :)

Swarnali Banerjee - March 22, 2021, 8:41 a.m.

Awesome job Sadia!