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Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam-this simple jam recipe only takes 20 minutes to make! No canning involved!

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com This healthy jam only takes 20 mins. to make!

Cha-cha-cha-CHIA! No, we are not talking about chia pets today, although that could be fun. Did you ever have a chia pet or chia head? I wanted to call in to the infomercial and order one when I was younger, but my dad would never let me. I missed out on all the fun! I am not missing out on chia seeds though. They are all the rage and I am hooked!

My latest obsession is chia seed jam. I made a batch of Blackberry Chia Seed Jam this week and it is seriously the BEST jam! It only takes 20 minutes to make and there is no canning involved. This jam is magic!

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So what are these magic seeds? Chia seeds deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. The nutritional benefits of chia seeds include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and even protein! I have been adding chia seeds to my yogurt, smoothies, and oatmeal on a daily basis. And now I am even making jam!

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You can find chia seeds at most grocery stores. We buy them in bulk from Whole Foods. I saw a chia seed jam recipe on A House in the Hills and was inspired to create my own recipe. Blackberry jam has always been my favorite jam, so I decided to start with a batch of Blackberry Chia Seed Jam.

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Our house in Illinois was surrounded by wild blackberries. Every summer we would pick buckets and buckets of blackberries. My brother, sister, and I sold them on the road side to make a little spending money, but we made sure we saved some for ourselves too. We used to make blackberry pie, cobbler, jam, and eat them by the handful. Homemade blackberry jam was always my favorite. I miss the days of wild blackberries and homemade blackberry jam.

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com This jam is SO easy and so good!

Well, my homemade blackberry jam days are back because this chia seed jam couldn’t be any easier to make. I am not a canner and haven’t made jam in years, but I promise this jam is super simple to make. If you don’t think you are a jam maker, think again. You can have homemade jam in 20 minutes and it is SO good! Plus, I love the added health benefits from the chia seeds.

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com No canning involved for this easy jam recipe!

You can use fresh or frozen blackberries. Heat the berries over the stove, mash them up, and add maple syrup and the chia seeds. The chia seeds thicken the jam in minutes! I like to stir in a little vanilla extract for flavor. That is it! Pour the jam in a glass jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The jam is great on toast, pancakes, waffles, stirred into oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or for the classic PB&J!

If you want to feel domestic and productive, make a batch of Blackberry Chia Seed Jam. It will only take you 20 minutes, but everyone will be super impressed with your homemade jam making skills. This jam makes a great gift too, if you can part with it. I suggest making a few batches:)

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this 20 minute jam recipe!

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

Yield: About 2 cups jam

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

A batch of Blackberry Chia Seed jam only takes 20 minutes to make and tastes amazing! This will be your new favorite jam recipe!

Ingredients:

1 lb blackberries, I used frozen berries
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your jam)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the blackberries to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the berries soften, about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the blackberries with a potato masher or fork. Leave some berries in chunks for texture.

2. Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds. Cook the jam on low until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure you stir the jam so it doesn't sitck.

3. Remove the jam from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let jam cool to room temperature. Pour in a glass jar or air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. The jam will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Note-you can sweeten the jam with honey, agave, or another sweetener if you wish. You can find chia seeds at most grocery stores. We buy them in bulk from Whole Foods. You can freeze the jam in an air-tight container.

Inspired by A House in the Hills

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97 Responses to “Blackberry Chia Seed Jam”

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    Teri K — February 28, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    I’ve haven’t made jam before, but this seems easy for a novice cook like me. Thank you for sharing.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 28, 2014 @ 4:55 am

    I bet the chia seeds keep it so thick and wonderful! Great idea!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 28, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    Only 2o minutes?! LOVE THAT! My hubbies fav kind of jam is blackberry and I am psyched that I can sneak some healthy chia seeds into him!

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    Hubie — February 28, 2014 @ 6:31 am

    I’m new to your website and love it. I’m anxious to try chia seeds and hopefully they are at my grocery store. I have several pounds of blueberries in my freezer and would like to use some for the jam. Do I have to make any changes? Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes.

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 9:22 am

      You can use frozen blueberries instead of blackberries. Use the same amount of berries, just taste for sweetness and adjust to your tastes. Enjoy!

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    I love making homemade jam and I love the idea of using chia seeds in it. Great way to thicken it up! I just love the recipe!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — February 28, 2014 @ 6:59 am

    My latest obsession is chia seed jam, too! I actually make it without the stove at all. Just throw it all in the blender then let it set in the fridge. SO easy!

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 9:21 am

      I will have to try that! Thanks!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 28, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    I’m not into canning but I’ve been wanting to try chia seed jam forever…. this really needs to happen now!

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    Cookbook Queen — February 28, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    Gorgeous!! Also, I always wanted a Chia Pet. Never got one :(

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    Jenny Flake — February 28, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    Neeeeed to try this :) Gorgeous!!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — February 28, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    I love the vibrant color and flavor of blackberries. Can’t wait to try this chia seed jam!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — February 28, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Chia seeds and Blackberries, this jam is BEYOND healthy! I would feel so god eating it knowing how healthy it is.

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    Sara @ Not So Doughie — February 28, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    This look delicious & so incredibly healthy! Not to mention it is a small piece of summertime. I am going to try this recipe… I may even try a strawberry & blueberry one.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Janet — February 28, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    Think it would freeze well?
    Would like to make a batch but we wouldn’t be able to eat it all in 2 weeks…

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 9:21 am

      Yes, you can freeze the jam!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 28, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    Such a great idea Maria!

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    Bonny @ Clever Hen — February 28, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    This is perfect! I love blackberries! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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    Gaby — February 28, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    This looks amazing!

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    Heather Christo — February 28, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    This is really so beautiful Maria, and nothing I would have ever thought of on my own- I can only imagine how great this is on a piece of buttered toast!

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    Sarah Yates — February 28, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Looks so delicious, must try the blackberry version too! Thanks so much for crediting back to me for the inspiration! :)

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Thank you for the inspiration! Chia seed jam has changed my life:)

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    Brittany — February 28, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Oh yum. I LOVE chia seed jam and your photos look lovely, per the usual. :)

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    Rachael (Fuji Mama) — February 28, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    We are loving chia seeds at our house too! LOVE the look of this jam, but love the 20 minute time commitment even more.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 28, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    Oh wow, this looks wonderful! That rich, deep purple color is gorgeous!

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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — February 28, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    What a genius way to use chia seeds. I’ve never made jam because the whole canning thing seems overwhelming to me, but this is right up my alley!
    Thanks for sharing this guys :D

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    Theresa M — February 28, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    We had a chia head. It went moldy and not chia-y.

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    Maria — February 28, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    My 7-year old loves jam sandwiches for lunch. To add more nutrition I have been stirring chia seeds into the store-bought jam. I didn’t realize it could be so easy to make the jam. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thank you!

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    Camille Caupp — February 28, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    Careful of all the seeds……very bad for those with diverticulosis.

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — February 28, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    Oh, I must try this jam! It is making my mouth water!

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    Marissa — February 28, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    can you explain the process once more. sorry, when i hear the word “boil” i think water. would i need to put the blackberries in water to boil them? if so how much? i didnt see water on your list of ingredients so i just wasnt sure :(

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

      The berries are frozen so they will create their own juice. If you are using fresh berries, you should add a little water. You want to cook the berries until they are soft enough to mash up.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 28, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

    Why have I never tried making jam?! This looks wonderful and I love that you didn’t use sugar!

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    Carol — March 1, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    I plan on making this recipe tomorrow morning with fresh blackberries…how much water would you recommend using.

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    Tieghan — March 1, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    SO pretty! Love that color and the chia seeds!

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    TidyMom — March 1, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    Blackberry Jam is always my favorite…..and I have a bag of chia seeds in my pantry! thanks Maria, I just need to get some blackberries!

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    Paula – bell’alimento — March 1, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    Amazing Pictures! I love blackberries! Pinning!

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    I love this! We always make blackberry jam but I love this refrigerator version! Pinning for later!

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