This chia seed freezer jam recipe is low sugar, requires no cooking and no pectin! It’s easy, healthy, and perfect for all the summer fruit, fresh or frozen!
Berry season is here and I couldn’t be more excited!
All the fresh berries just SCREAM summertime and here in the Byrd house, it’s a big deal!
Back when I was pregnant (um, how was this over a year ago?!), I constantly craved fruit. But I was pregnant from September to May, so I completely missed most of berry season. If you’ve had pregnancy cravings, you know how sad I was! haha
Note: I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about canning. So chia seed freezer jam was the only way I could make jam and feel confident about it. I think it’s probably easier than canning, but doesn’t last as long. Which isn’t a big deal, because we go through our freezer food pretty quick around here!
This jam recipe is healthy, budget friendly, and can be stored in the fridge or freezer for later!
Healthy Chia Seed Freezer Jam
The main reason I wanted to make homemade freezer jam with chia seeds is because has much less sugar compared to normal jam or jelly.
Honestly, grab your nearest store bought jam and tell me it doesn’t have added sugar or even high fructose corn syrup. Yuck.
Sugars aside, the chia seeds are what thickens the jam up, but they also add a lot of healthy fiber, fat, and pack a nutrition boost that you just don’t get from regular jam. This jam end up looking really seedy, but does not taste super gritty or seedy at all!
Lower sugar + unprocessed foods = healthier every time.
Like I mentioned above, this recipe is totally freezer friendly! Simply mix this up, let sit overnight so the chia seeds can absorb the moisture, and then divide it and freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months. It also keeps in the fridge for about a week.
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s so cheap to make. I used half blueberries and half strawberries, which made the total cost of this recipe $3.36 for 12 oz of jam. Regular, unsweetened, minimally processed jams can run you up to $6 or $7 for a 9 oz jar.
The cost will obviously vary depending on the fruit you use. Look for fresh fruit that’s on sale or in season to keep it as cost effective as possible. You can even use frozen fruit for this recipe, just thaw it out before you puree it.
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Chia Seed Freezer Jam
- 2½ cups pureed or mashed fruit fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 1 tbsp citrus juice lemon, lime, orange, or pineapple
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp sweetener (optional)
- Combine mashed/pureed fruit, juice, chia seeds in a medium bowl. If using frozen fruit, thaw before using. If using sweetener, mix it in at this step.
- Refrigerate overnight in an air tight container.
- Divide into small jars or containers of choice. It keeps in the fridge for up to 7 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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This jam recipe is quickly becoming one of my favorite uses for summer berries! You can use it for toast, mix it up with chia seed pudding, or spread it on some crackers with cheese! Yay for summer recipes! 🙂