A simple jam recipe made with only blackberries, chia seeds, maple syrup and lemon juice. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Blackberry chia jam. AKA the easiest jam recipe you will ever find! You know what I think of whenever I hear “homemade jam?” Grandmas. Every single grandma I know has made jam for me at one point or another in my life. And while they all tasted amazing, I was never one to want to personally make my own. 1) Because I didn’t have any fruit trees growing up so there was never an excess amount of fruit lying around my house. 2) Because I really liked the store bought stuff and all it’s sugary goodness. 3) Because I heard about that “jamming” process and ain’t nobody got time for that! But this blackberry chia jam has completely changed my mind!
It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Tart, but not too tart. And it’s made with simple healthy ingredients that are cheap, easy to find and taste so soo good when they’re all thrown together! (And did I mention paleo approved, vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free too.)
So what is a chia seed?
Well scientifically speaking, it’s a tiny black seed taken from Salvia hispanica plant which is apparently related to the mint leaf. (Fun fact for the day! 😉 ) But they also have A TON of health benefits too!
- They’re a good source of high quality protein.
- Almost all of their carbs are fiber.
- They’re high in antioxidants.
- They pack a nutritional punch with very few calories.
No wonder our health community is so obsessed with these little guys!
Back to the jam recipe!
Let me tell you how easy this is loves. I simply placed 3 cups of blackberries in a pot, turned the burner to medium high heat and mashed the berries with a potato masher.
Once the berries were slightly warm, I added the maple syrup, lemon juice and chia seeds. I then turned the burner down to medium and continued stirring for about 5-7 minutes until the jam started to thicken. Then I poured it into a ceramic bowl and waited for it to cool. BAM, that’s it!
- No canning
- No excess amounts of sugar
- You can easily half the recipe if you only want a small amount.
- And you can make this with any type of berry you want! (Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
What can I do with my blackberry chia jam?
Anything you want my friends! Spread it on waffles, pancakes, toast, muffins, english muffins… You name it and it’ll be delicious! Or even stir some into your greek yogurt or top it over your ice cream for a sweet (but healthy) indulgence.
Wishing you all the best on this fabulous Friday loves! 🙂
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Blackberry Chia Jam
- 3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 Tbsps chia seeds
- 3 Tbsps pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Heat a sauce pot over medium high heat. Add the blackberries and mash them using a potato masher or fork.
- Add the maple syrup, lemon juice and chia seeds to the pot and stir. Turn the burner down to medium and cook stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Pour jam into a ceramic bowl and wait for it to cool.
- Store it in an air tight container in the fridge until you're ready to eat.