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 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 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 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:)

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Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

A batch of Blackberry Chia Seed jam only takes 20 minutes to make and tastes amazing! This will be your new favorite jam recipe!
5 from 10 votes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Looks so delicious, must try the blackberry version too! Thanks so much for crediting back to me for the inspiration! 🙂

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

  11. 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 😀

  12. 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!

  13. 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 🙁

    1. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. I just made this jam and it is cooling at the moment. I didn’t read the comments before making it and I made it with fresh berries. I also wondered how to boil them. I slightly mashed them and made a juice and boiled them without adding water. But it all turned out in the end. Haven’t been able to taste yet as it’s too hot, but looks good. Thank you for sharing.

  19. It is even easier and better for you RAW! Just stir the chia and sweetener right into the mashed fruit and let set about 5 min. You can use any fruit, but the seeds mix in with the texture of berry seeds the best 🙂

  20. Gorgeous. I love blackberry jam, too, and really like the addition of the chia seeds!

  21. I’m so excited you posted this. I have been looking for a new and different way to use chia seeds and this has to be it. Can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  22. I love the simple recipe and sounds so delicious!
    I was just wondering about the nutrition values and calories in a tablespoon??

  23. I was wondering if this can be processed like standard jam recipes so that it can be stored and used a later date and/or last longer than the estimated 1-2 weeks?

  24. This jam is really wonderful and super easy! I love that it has chia seeds in it for extra nutrition.

  25. This may be a silly question but are you weighing out 1 lb of berries?

    This looks great. I want to try it and also want to try it with local honey and adding beets.

  26. I have a question. In your note it says you can use honey to sweeten. Do you use that in place of the maple syrup or in addition to?

  27. I’m very excited about this! I just juiced about 2 cps. of blackberries to get rid of the seeds. Could I use this? If so, what changes do I need to make for the recipe? Thanks!

  28. How long do you think the jam will last in fridge? I’m wondering about shelf life, especially for the purpose of gift giving.

  29. This looks like a great recipe – so much less sugar/sweetener than every other recipe I’ve seen. Is there anything different I should do if if I wanted to actually can the jam (to give as gifts)? Thanks!

  30. so happy i found this recipe!! i saw chia jam and I was tempted to buy it but it’s pretty costly so now I can finally make some yummy yummy jam for half the price of the ones at the store. 😀 Thanks!! xx

  31. I’m going to try this today…sounds YUMMY! Would the jam take canning do you know? I have a ton of blackberries and was hoping to can some for the fruitless seasons.

  32. Have you tried canning this? Also I am assuming you could use just about any fruit as long as you keep the measurements the same. Thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Just finished making a batch with fresh blackberries from my garden. I needed a little more flavor so I added a pinch of ground pink peppercorns and a few drops of maple balsamic vinegar. Yummy! I love how easy this recipe is. Thanks so much for sharing!

  34. Thanks for the recipe – I’m curious tho why you wouldn’t be able to just put the hot jam into sterilised hot jars and can it so it can be preserved longer than 2 wks?

  35. I too miss the days of Wild Blackberries. I live in a rural area but blackberries just aren’t as plentiful. I remember eating them like cereal in a bowl with milk. I came to your site to find out if the Chia jams can be frozen. You said yes so I will give it a try.

  36. Hi TWO PEAS!! Funny, I read about Chia jam last week and thought I’d try it today, BEFORE I read your recipe!  I used regular sugar n cinnamon along with my blk. berries, that I did Not heatup. A little salt along with some lime juice went in too. I just tasted it and it’s So yummy! I’m taking it to work tomorrow Thank you for all the great info!  

  37. It looks delish! Is it okay to use other frozen fruits such as raspberries, peaches, and strawberries?

  38. Wow! I just picked a ton (I’m only slightly kidding) of blackberries from my very overgrown garden as it is being cleared. This looks awesome – and great for those of us trying to avoid refined sugars. Question…is vanilla extract the same as vanilla essence? I can only find the latter in the supermarket. Or vanilla pod…which is a lot of hassle!


  39. Hi I’m in the midst of making this jam now. It smells wonderful and I love the colour!
    May I know if you used the canning method for the jar? Or to contain it in a regular empty bottle will do? Thanks!

  40. 5 stars
    Love! Love! Love this recipe! Why eat jam loaded with sugar anymore? All the people who have tried this, love it. Super healthy guilt free! I even used this jam as filling for a gluten free pie! Huge success! I even put some on top of some Greek yogurt for dessert one night. That was delicious too. We have tons of wild blackberries here. So I will be making many more batches. Thank you for sharing this!

  41. 5 stars
    I just made this jam with strawberrires I think this is my best jam I’ve made. I added lime zest and juice. There is a great balance of fruit and acid without all the overly sweetness I usually find. I don’t think I’ll make jam any other way Thank you

  42. Do you have to add chia seeds? If not will the jam still thicken? Any alternatives for thickening?

    Thank you

  43. 5 stars
    I found this recipe  a while back when I was searching for raw recipes.  When blackberries are available and at a decent price, I make a batch of this jam.  I always have chia seeds on hand so this is a great way to use them and get the many benefits of the chia seeds.  It’s really good and so easy to make.

  44. Would it still work if I strained the blackberry seeds out of it before coming it again and adding the chia seeds?

  45. 5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe and perfect timing! During a long walk yesterday I couldn’t stop myself from picking some wild blackberries that had ripened early.

    Coincidentally I’ve recently purchased some chia seeds to attempt the new trend of chia pudding – unfortunately I’m not a fan.

    This recipe was the perfect way to use up some of those chia seeds and the fresh berries, and even better I had some freshly grated coconut which I used to make scones slathered with this gorgeous jam.

    Can’t rate this highly enough – so easy and tasty!

  46. 5 stars
    Just made this! Easy, quick, delicious and nutritious! Thank you for the fabulous recipe! I absolutely love blackberries, but this would be wonderful with strawberries and raspberries as well.

  47. 5 stars
    I love adding Chia seeds and blackberries to my smoothies every morning but, making them as a jam?! I’m so excited for my next PP&J! Thank you for sharing. =]

  48. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I added a bit of lemon juice and xylitol instead of maple syrup, since I wanted to avoid adding extra sugars and it came out great. Thank you for the simple but awesome recipe!

  49. I’ve made this before but it has been a while. I have frozen blackberries, do i add any water to get them to a boil? Thx……judy

  50. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I am a bicyclist and picked about a pound this summer from one of my bike routes. They were small so I knew I had to cut the slightly bitter taste with lemon juice. I am baking this labor day so it should go great with the multigrain bread.