piece of toast with chia seed jam spread on top

How to Make Chia Seed Jam

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~ 1 3/4 cup
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Skip the refined sugars and make your own healthy Chia Seed Jam using only 4 basic ingredients! It’s perfect on toast, in oatmeal, on sandwiches, and more.


  • 3 cups Fresh Berries of choice*
  • ¼ cup Filtered Water
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup*
  • 23 tbsp Chia Seeds*
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon


  1. First, add the Berries, Water, and Maple Syrup to a nonstick saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium, heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Try to “mash” some of the berries as you stir, though the heat should break them up as well.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the Chia Seeds to the pot; mix until well incorporated, then let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Finally, stir in the juice of ½ of a Lemon, and transfer the mixture to a glass jar. Use as desired, and store in the refrigerator for 7-14 days. 


  • I used a mixture of Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries for my jam, but you can use any combination (or single Berry) of your choosing! You can also use frozen berries to make the jam, though you will need to simmer the mixture for 2-5 minutes longer, as they hold more liquid.
  • I have not tested this recipe using any other fruit aside from Berries. They hold a lot more water than other fruits, which is why they work well in this recipe! You can substitute stone fruit or another fruit of your choice, though do so at your own risk.
  • Maple Syrup may be substituted for any other sweetener of choice. I would recommend Agave, but Coconut Sugar or another granulated Sugar will work as well. Keep in mind that each sweetener has different “levels” of sweetness, so you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener accordingly.
  • I would suggest making this recipe with only 2 tbsp of Chia Seeds, as the Jam will thicken considerably as it cools and overnight. However, if you’d like a really thick Jam, use 3 tbsp instead