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Monday, August 20, 2012

Recipe: Blueberry Chia Jam

With all of my food intolerances I can never find jam that I can eat. I'm limited to blueberry jam, but even that I can rarely eat because other nasty ingredients tend to pop up. Preservatives, sulphites, lemon juice, grape juice etc. 

So what's the solution? Make my own jam! I looked up jam recipes. Sterilising, setting, pectin, sugar by the bucket full, ginormous quantities - it just wasn't going to work.

This month I was writing an article for a magazine I'm working with when I was reminded of Chia Jam. Perfect! A quick, easy, sugar free, intolerance free jam recipe that tastes amazing. 

This jam just uses three ingredients, for the base recipe - but you can easily adapt it! It's gluten free, vegan, sugar free (though feel free to add some) and will take you less than 10 minutes to have thick delicious jam. Chill it in the fridge and it will keep for a week or so (though it's so good you probably won't have to worry about that!). 

I tasted it warm out of the pot (couldn't resist!) and it was amazing warm as well!

 Blueberry Chia Jam - makes about 1/2 cup
Gluten free, vegan, sugar free, low fat, healthy
1 cup blueberries*
1 tbsp chia seeds
~1 tbsp water
Optional: sweetener, vanilla, spices etc. 

In a small nonstick saucepan over medium heat place blueberries, chia seeds and water. 
Once the blueberries start to heat and the mixture comes to a low boil stir frequently, lightly mashing the blueberries. 
Keep stirring the mixture until the jam is thick, remove from the head and pour into an air tight container. 
Store the jam in the container for a week or so in the fridge.

*You can use fresh or frozen blueberries (or another berry of your choice!). I used frozen blueberries because... it's winter and I'm definitely not a millionaire :P 

So tell me, what's your favourite flavour of jam/jelly? 
Have you ever made it yourself? 



  1. Blueberries would have to my fav fruit and flavour of jam! This looks incredible

    1. This was really good! I finished the last of my jar today and I NEED to make more ASAP :P

  2. I love DIY jams and preserves. In fact, I try a lot of recipes as early as August so I'd know what to prepare for my giveaways for the holidays. This looks really awesome!
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    1. This would definitely be a quick and easy holiday recipe! I haven't heard of your site, but i'll have to take a look :)

  3. Oooo I'd love to try this with strawberries!

    1. This would be so good with strawberries! Especially as they're so sweet at the moment!

  4. Hi! I found your recipe on a google search and tried it out. I linked back to you in my post http://bikejanebike.blogspot.com/2013/07/independence-day.html

    Happy Fourth of July!

    1. Thanks for trying it out - and leaving a comment! I'll have to check out your post! :)

  5. Have you tried this with fruits other than berries ? I'm living in Brazil these days and berries are hard to come by...mangoes ? pineapples ? guavas ? Just wondering...
    Susan Meredith Langstaff.

    1. Hi Susan, I haven't tried it with other fruits - but I'm sure it would work, so give it a try! (Be sure to take a picture and let me know how you go!)


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