Chia & Fresh Berry Jam Chia & Fresh Berry Jam

Image: Ronald Tsang | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Lara McGraw

With less sugar but plenty of flavour, this berry jam harnesses the health benefits of chia seeds for a tasty, antioxidant-rich treat. Enjoy spread onto buttery toast, dolloped onto ice cream or by the spoonful.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



In saucepan, cook berries and maple syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries are softened and mixture is juicy, about 5 minutes. Stir in chia seeds. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up berries with spoon, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Let cool for 30 minutes. (Make-Ahead: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to two weeks.)

CHANGE IT UP: Chia & Berry Jam
Substitute fresh berries with frozen mixed berries and increase maple syrup to 1/4 cup; cook for 7 minutes. Increase chia seeds to 4 tsp and stir in 1 tsp vanilla; cook as directed. Increase lemon juice to 2 tbsp.

Makes about 1 3/4 cups.

Nutritional facts PER 1 TBSP: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 0 mg
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Calories 12
  • Potassium 32 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 3 g


  • Iron 1
  • Folate 1
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin C 8
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Chia & Fresh Berry Jam