Easy Blueberry Chia Jam is the perfect addition to any breakfast or snack! This simple chia jam made without sugar (or other sweeteners) comes together with only 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes. Keep a jar of this healthy blueberry jam in your fridge to enjoy all week long!
Keep reading for how to make this healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-sugar-added and easy chia jam recipe…
MAKING EATING FOR PCOS EASY AND DELICIOUS WITH 4-INGREDIENT BLUEBERRY CHIA JAM…
This is my go-to topping for chia pudding/muffins/toast/coconut yogurt right now and I love that the natural sweetness of the blueberries really shines here so there’s no need for added sugar or sweeteners.
This recipe is all things juicy, sweet, fruity and satisfying…Print
- 1 1/2 cups Frozen Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Add the blueberries and water to a pot over medium to medium-high heat and bring to a gentle bubble. Reduce heat slightly and continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the blueberry juices start to thicken.
- Remove from the heat and gently mash any larger berries with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Stir in the cinnamon and chia seeds. Allow the jam to rest for about 5 minutes or until the chia seeds begin to swell and set. (If the consistency of the jam is too thick for your tastebuds, add a splash of water (a tablespoon at a time) until the desired consistency is reached. If it’s too thin and liquid-y, add a few more chia seeds.)
- Transfer to a jar or container to cool then refrigerate for up to a week.
- Cook Time: 20
Keywords: jam, chia jam, blueberry jam, blueberries, breakfast, spread
HOW TO MAKE THIS PCOS-FRIENDLY BLUEBERRY CHIA JAM WITHOUT SUGAR…
Here are some tips to help make great Blueberry Chia Jam without sugar or sweeteners…
- I have used both frozen blueberries (the regular ones) and frozen wild blueberries here (depending on whichever ones I have in the freezer). Both work wonderfully. If you want a more naturally sweet jam, opt for the wild blueberries. I find they naturally have a touch more sweetness (and better texture) so you really won’t be missing the added sugar.
- For maximum sweetness and jamminess, you want to reduce your blueberries down until a thin syrup-like consistency so don’t be afraid to simmer for the full 10 minutes as recommended in the recipe instructions. It should just coat a spoon and there shouldn’t be too much liquid left in the pot. Jam ends up being too thick, add a splash of water to thin. Jam ends up being too thin and watery, add a few more chia seeds until you get it just how you like it.
- For simplicity, I went with just a pinch or so of cinnamon but a touch of salt and/or vanilla extract are also delicious additions here.
- I used white chia seeds here but black ones work just the same. Whichever ones you have on hand.
- If you want to add a touch of extra sweetness here I’d suggest stevia, monk fruit sweetener and/or erythritol or maple syrup would work as well.
- Want to invite strawberries, blackberries or raspberries to this party? Go for it! Sub-out equal amounts of blueberries for another berry.
HEALTHY BLUEBERRY CHIA JAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is chia jam healthy? Is chia jam PCOS-friendly?
Yes! And Yes! This recipe uses only simple, real-food ingredients (and you won’t find any additives, preservatives, added colour or flavours in this ingredient list) so I am A-OKAY with calling this chia jam healthy.
Blueberries are considered a low-glycemic fruit (meaning they won’t cause a huge spike in your blood sugar — something that the majority of women with PCOS have issues with including myself) so it’s a PCOS-friendly option for sure. Also, the fact that there aren’t any added sugar/sweeteners, there are chia seeds for added fibre and fat and you generally only use 1-2 tablespoons per serving, this jam is a great PCOS-friendly option (according to the Always Nourished Food and Nutrition Protocols for PCOS).
You can learn more about my PCOS Freedom Food Philosophy and how I eat for PCOS here or discover the Always Nourished PCOS Nutrition Programs here.
How to store chia jam? How long does it last in the fridge?
I suggest storing this chia jam in a mason jar or other air-tight container in the fridge. It should keep for 5 to 7 days.
What to do with chia jam?
You’ve made a batch of Blueberry Chia Jam, now what? I’d suggest using this jam as a topping for chia pudding or gluten-free toast. I love it swirled into coconut yogurt.
Can I use fresh berries instead of frozen berries?
Sure! I almost always have blueberries in the freezer so that’s why I created this recipe with frozen berries but if you have an abundance of fresh blueberries on hand then use those! You may have to add a little extra water and cook for a few additional minutes (as frozen fruit carries a lot more moisture than fresh and doesn’t take as long to break down in the pot).
MORE ABOUT THIS RECIPE FOR HEALTHY BLUEBERRY CHIA JAM WITH FROZEN BERRIES…
Each spoonful of this jam makes me crave summer. Sunshine, fresh fruit and berries galore, no need for snowsuits, boots or mittens. There’s just something about the fruitiness, the juiciness, the sweetness of this jam…
And while it’s still winter and there’s currently two to three feet of snow outside my window, I can feel those summery vibes for a few minutes a day while enjoying my blueberry chia seed jam and allow myself to get really excited for summer (and the day I can pack all of our winter gear in a box in the very deepest corner of the basement).
But until then, it’s getting the taste of summer that fills my cup and makes me happy anyway that I can and more often than not it’s with filling my fridge with recipes like this one.
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