This Strawberry Vanilla Chia Jam is the only homemade chia jam recipe you need. Easy to make and so delicious! Great with any berries you have on hand.
Why you'll love Chia Jam
If you've never tried homemade Chia Jam you're in for a treat! It's so easy to make and really tasty.
The difference between chia jam and regular jam is that chia jam doesn't last as long because you don't can it. This is what makes this jam so much easier!
You can make this strawberry vanilla chia jam in the evening and have it ready in the morning. The next day you can make a different flavor! It's perfect for small batches of jam.
Ingredients you need for strawberry chia jam
All you need are 5 simple ingredients
- strawberries - fresh or frozen, you can use a mix of berries, not just strawberries here
- chia seeds - the star of the show, they make the jam thicker
- maple syrup - or any other sweetener you prefer, I like coconut sugar
- vanilla extract - or the seeds of one vanilla bean for an even better vanilla flavor
- lemon juice - freshly squeezed when possible
Making your own chia jam at home is much easier than you might think!
To make the jam, cook the strawberries until they break down, add the maple syrup, vanilla, lemon, and chia seeds, and stir. I like to stir it a few times in the first hour as it cools to avoid clumps.
Once it's cool, transfer it to a glass jar and store covered in the fridge for 4-5 days.
That's it! So simple, right?!
Chia Jam Q&A:
You can put it on anything you'd put regular jam on! I love it on toasted sourdough bread with nut butter or on oatmeal.
It should keep for 4-5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
In general I go for 1 tablespoon chia seeds for every ¼ cup of liquid. Because there are pieces of fruit and it's not just pure liquid, it's going to thicken in the fridge either way so you don't need too much chia seeds.
More recipes with Chia Seeds:
- Lavender Blackberry Jam
- Tangerine Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Chia Parfait with Cashew Cream and Strawberry Chia Jam
- Raspberry Chia Overnight Oats with Acai
Delicious homemade chia jam. Great with any berries!
- 6 cups strawberries, chopped (fresh or frozen)
- splash water
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (sub 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla powder)
- 2-3 tablespoon maple syrup (or any other sweetener you like)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ cup chia seeds
- Start by chopping your strawberries. I like my jam to be chunky so I left a few small ones whole but you can chop them as finely as you like.
- Place the strawberries into a big pot, add a splash a water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your strawberries. Stir occasionally.
- Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Stir in the chia seeds and the mixture soak for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally to avoid lumps.
- After it cools down completely, transfer the jam into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up 4-5 days.
You can use this exact recipe with any other berries! Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or red currants are all great options. Check out this Lavender Blackberry jam recipe!
Keywords: jam, strawberry, vanilla, chia