My new favorite summer recipe is gluten-free berry chia jam!
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About This Chia Jam Recipe
Last summer, while on the hunt for new gluten-free recipes, I discovered chia jam. There was a lot of discussion about it online, and I knew it had to be for good reason! Every food blogger I followed was talking about chia jam and how much healthier it is than store-bought jam. After I made my first batch at home, I quickly joined the chia jam bandwagon.
Homemade chia jam is naturally gluten-free, has no additives or weird ingredients you can’t pronounce, and is naturally sweetened with nature’s candy - fruit! You can use whatever berries you like as this recipe is super flexible. Plus, the addition of chia seeds is super healthy, providing omega-3s and antioxidants.
What You Need For Berry Chia Jam
Berries: You can use raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries. I like raspberries the best. You want to use fresh fruit here so it's nice and soft to cook quickly.
Chia seeds: This will help the jam thicken and is the other main ingredient.
Maple syrup: This is optional, for added sweetness.
How To Make Berry Chia Jam
Gluten-free berry chia jam is so easy to make, tastes amazing, and is extremely versatile! While I’ve seen many recipes for chia jam online, I think it’s important to bring it back to basics here. There’s no right or wrong way to make it. It’s ridiculously easy and pretty much foolproof. And you only need 2 ingredients!
All you are doing is reducing berries on the stove to a more jelly/jam like consistency and then mixing in chia seeds to thicken it up. It’s so simple! Don’t overthink it. Make yourself a jam plan & go for it!
What Can I Serve With Gluten-Free Berry Chia Jam?
This chia jam goes great over plain or Greek yogurt with some granola or chopped nuts, or over gluten-free oatmeal. It also is tasty on gluten-free toast, or as a spread for gluten-free scones, like these blueberry lemon scones.
Looking for more great gluten-free breakfast ideas?
Try these gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins. Easy, quick, and also great for dessert or a snack.
Whip up a batch of egg cups filled with vegetables for a portable breakfast on the go packed with protein!
Want something decadent but filling? Make a baked French toast casserole with cinnamon raisin bread and cream cheese. Wowzers.
Gluten-Free Berry Chia Jam Recipe
- 2 cups of berries of your choice (see note)
- 2-3 tablespoon chia seeds
- honey or maple syrup (optional - see note)
Rinse the berries before use. If using larger berries like strawberries, cut into small pieces.
In a small pot over medium-low heat, add berries. Using a wooden spoon, break up berries and allow the mixture to reduce for 8-10 minutes to a more liquid-like consistency. Off heat, mix in chia seeds and stir. Allow the jam to sit for 5 minutes to thicken up.
Check for flavor. Drizzle in honey or maple syrup for added sweetness. If you like more chia seeds, add them! Remember, this recipe is super flexible so feel free to add in whatever you like.
Serve over hot gluten-free oatmeal, on gluten-free toast for a PB&J, or maybe even as a sauce for freshly baked gluten-free brownies! Enjoy!
You can use whatever berries you like for this recipe, or a mixture of many different types. I find the best results are from raspberries or blueberries. I’ve also made it with blackberries, strawberries, and a combination.
I rarely add any extra sweetener. It’s so naturally sweet, it doesn’t usually need it.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 18gSugar 23gProtein 7g
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Have you ever made gluten-free chia jam at home?
What flavors do you prefer?
Let me know in the comments!