Blueberry-Chia Seed Jam

blueberry jam on fresh bread
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Number of Servings: 
Makes about 1 12 cups (serves 4)


  • 1 12 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 34 cups blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional


  1. Combine chia seeds and water in a small bowl. Set aside and let soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mash blueberries in a small pan with a potato masher or large spoon. Add lemon juice and honey and simmer mixture over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in vanilla extract, if using, and chia seeds until mixture is well combined.
  4. Transfer jam to an airtight container. Store in the fridge and enjoy within one week.


  • In this recipe, omega-3-rich chia seeds stand in for pectin—a common ingredient used in thickening jams.
  • This jam can also be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to one year.
Nutrition Info: 
Made with vanilla extract: 38 Calories, 1 g Protein, 0 mg Cholesterol, 8 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Total sugars (3 g Added sugars), 1 g Fiber, 1 g Total fat (0 g sat), 1 mg Sodium, Vitamin C


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