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. 🙂
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.
How to 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!
How to store your 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.
If you enjoy this recipe, you’d definitely also like these Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
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- 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.