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How to Make Blueberry Chia Jam – Low Sugar + No Pectin!

jar of blueberry chia jam with spoon inside

Delicious and naturally sweetened blueberry chia jam is simple to make, and tastes so great! A little sweet, and a little tart, this easy peasy recipe requires only three ingredients, plus an optional fourth. No pectin required here, just real, natural ingredients. Bonus, it only takes 15 minutes of active time!

jar of blueberry chia jam with spoon inside

We visited a blueberry farm last weekend and with an abundance of any type of fruit, my mind always jumps to jam! That being said, I really didn’t want to make an overly sweet jam, loaded with sugar and calories, because, well then I’d eat it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

This jam is refined sugar free, with only a small amount of maple syrup to add to the natural sweetness of the blueberries. I did try some without the maple syrup, and I found it sweet enough for me, so feel free to skip it all together if you like. I love the tartness of the jam, but if you have a sweet tooth, sweeten to your taste.

spoon of blueberry jam being held over jar

How do you prepare blueberry chia jam?

Add your blueberries, lemon juice, zest and the optional maple syrup if using to a medium sauce pot. Simmer over medium heat until you notice the blueberries starting to burst. This will take about 5 minutes or less. Then, using a potato masher, fork, or spoon, whatever you have on hand, gently mash the blueberries. You want to smash them up a bit, but definitely leave chunks in there too! Mash to your liking. Now turn up the heat and bring to a boil to reduce the liquids slightly. This will take about another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add your chia seeds to the pot and mix well. That’s it!

pot of blueberries and pot of blueberry jam

How do you store blueberry chia jam?

Once your jam is ready, it will be very hot. So carefully transfer to a heatproof container. I use glass jars. Chill the jam overnight and enjoy. Since this recipe makes a little over two cups of jam, I use two smaller jars and store one in the refrigerator and one in the freezer to use later. Don’t worry if your jam seems watery when transferring to your jars. The chia seeds will absorb a lot of the liquid as it cools.

Serve your delicious blueberry jam on toast or bagels, stir some into your morning oatmeal, or use as a topping on pancakes, brownies or nice cream!

two jars of blueberry jam with basket of blueberries in background

If you enjoy this recipe, you’d definitely also like these Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins.

Want more recipes you can add this jam to? Check out these!

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jar of blueberry chia jam with spoon inside

Blueberry Chia Jam - Low Sugar + No Pectin!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: gluten free, nut free, oil free, refined sugar free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Beautiful blueberry chia jam is naturally sweetened and no pectin required. This simple, nutritious jam requires only 15 minutes of hands on time.
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries or thawed frozen blueberries
  • 1 large lemon juiced & zested (approx 1/3 cup lemon juice)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup optional
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  • Add the blueberries, lemon juice, zest and the maple syrup, if using to a medium sauce pot. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes. You'll notice the blueberries start to burst. Gently mash with a potato masher or spoon so that roughly half your batch is smashed, leaving several chunks throughout.
  • Increase heat and boil for 5 minutes to reduce some of the liquid. Then turn off the heat and stir in your chia seeds. Transfer your jam to an airtight container or jar and chill overnight. Don't worry if your jam is looking very watery, the chia seeds will absorb much of it as it cools in the fridge.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 8 weeks.

Notes

Makes just over 2 cups of delicious jam. If you wish, store half in the freezer for a later date and half in the fridge to consume sooner.
Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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4 Comments

  1. Sue

    5 stars
    This jam is so good and with such a small amount of unrefined sugar, I feel much better about allowing my children to eat it. I havenโ€™t bought jam from the store in a long time due to all the sugar, so my children are happy to have jam in the house again. I wonโ€™t be buying jam again, and plan to try your recipe using other berries as well – my children have already requested strawberry and raspberry!

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