Mixed berry chia Jam is a simple 3 ingredient homemade Jam recipe.
This Mixed berry chia Jam can be made with frozen or fresh berries, I have used frozen berries in this recipe for the convenience and also frozen berries seems to be less expensive than fresh berries which always is quick to get spoilt.
This recipe is inspired by many bloggers on instagram who have discovered this amazing way to make homemade jam so healthy.
Preserves and Jams are loved by children and it is true in our home as well. My son loves to eat toast with a berry jam.
I discovered this amazing Mixed Berry Chia Jam recipe following many instagrammers to make home made jam or jelly out of berries.
And if you tried it once you’ll know how simple it is to make a jar of Jam without any chemicals or additives in it.
In general Jams or jellies are said to have a lot of sugar in it. Although, berries are nutrient dense and has a lot of potent anti-oxidants, the factory made preserves or jams have sugar to fruit in the ratio of 1:1, (Source : Noted.NZ). In this recipe, I have used honey and chia seeds add extra protein, fibre and omega 3 fats. So it is very healthy.
How to make Mixed berry chia Jam
The recipe is very simple, frozen mixed berries is simmered until they soften and chia seeds is added to bring the jam like texture as it absorbs the juices of the fruit and turns it into a jelly.
Finally a natural sweetener of your choice such as honey or maple syrup or stevia is added. In this recipe honey acts as a preservative which helps and also we will be cooking the berries so it also seals and preserves the jam a little.
You can follow the same recipe without cooking the berries too, in that case, it may be less sweeter so may have to add an extra dose of sugar or sweetener to it and may have shorter shelf life. Some recipes I have seen add lemon juice to it to increase the shelf life.
This recipe will work perfectly with any fruit. I have tried it wth plain strawberries, raspberries or blue berries too. The mixed berries in this recipe has a lovely deep color and I love it.
Fresh or frozen berries ?
You can use fresh or frozen berries in this recipe.
Personally for me I don’t prefer stocking fresh berries (Except strawberries my son loves them) because they have shorter shelf life. I always end up throwing the a new pack of moldy berries and it hurts to see. So frozen berries work for me.
In case you are using fresh berries, use half cup each of strawberries, rashberries, blueberries. And simmer it down with 1/4 cup of water.
If you are using frozen berries, you can thaw it over night in the refrigerator section and then use it. Some lazy days, I am in a hurry so I just add the frozen berries straight to the pan.
This jam stores well in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. I bet it will be over sooner than that. Ensure, the jar is cleaned and free from water. You can also sterilize the Jar with Boiling water and completely dry it before using it.
Using Honey in the recipe makes it a natural preservator and also cooking the berries, increases the shelf life.
I have Tried adding Chia seed powder in the place of whole chia seeds, in that case it may need half the quantity of whole chia seeds and it is more concentrated and may turn clumpy.
3 Ingredients Required
- Mixed Berries
- Whole Chia Seeds
How to Eat Mixed berry chia Jam
I like to eat this with plain oat meal for break fast, you can spread it on toast or chapathi or even roll in dosa and serve it to kids.
If you try this Mixed Berry Chia Jam, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and share a picture and tag it #soulsomecooking on Instagram or facebook so I can see it.
- Add the Chia seeds when the fruits are still juicy but disingretated on the pan. This way chia seeds has the liquid to absorb and swell up.
- Please add the honey towards the end of the recipe, so the nutrients in the honey is not lost in the heat of the pan.
- If you are ok to use sugar in this recipe, you can add a bit of refined white sugar too. But it tastes great as it is.
Mixed Berry Chia Jam
- Pan, Spatula, Clean Glass Jar
- 500 gms Mixed berries Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – Fresh or frozen
- 2 and 1/2 tbsp Black Chia Seeds Add more if required
- Stevia Extract Or Honey Any sweetener of your choice
- Take a pan, add the frozen mixed berries to it, let it thaw on the pan, once its ready let it simmer for a few minutes until the berries go soft.
- Once the berries are softened, you can gently mash it or break it down with the back of your spatula. Let it simmer for 5 minutes on low to medium flame. Remember high flame will caramelize it and burn it quicker not bringing out the sweetness as it should.
- When the berries are slightly thickened, add the chia seeds and mix it in. The jam will thicken once the chia seeds added.
- Finally add the sweetener in this recipe I have used honey and bit of stevia extract powder. You can use white sugar or brown sugar or maple syrup.
- If you are using sugar ( white or brown ) in the recipe, You can add it to the berries at step 2 do cook for a few more minutes until the sugar dissolves.