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Berry Chia Vanilla Jam

A quick and easy berry chia vanilla jam. Made with 4 ingredients, one pot and ready in 20 minutes. Try it with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or a mix of several berries! This recipes results in just over 1 cup of jam.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 3 cups berries of choice (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add the berries and maple syrup to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • If the berries are frozen, let them thaw in the saucepan, stirring frequently. Once thawed (about 5 minutes), mash them with a fork or potato masher, leaving some whole for texture if desired. If the berries are fresh, you can mash them immediately.
  • Stir in the chia seeds and vanilla extract. Let simmer covered over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid, stirring every few minutes. Remove from heat once the jam has thickened to your desired consistency. Taste and add more sweetener as needed.
  • Store in a jar or container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy on top of toasts, stirred in oatmeal, chia pudding, ice cream and more!


The maple syrup is optional in this recipe, but recommended, especially if your berries aren't overly sweet.
Try this recipe with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries (or a mix). You can also try my cherry chia jam.
If trying this recipe with strawberries, I suggest processing the (thawed) berries in a blender or food processor before adding them to the saucepan. Leave some texture if desired. Strawberries take longer to break down and this will make the process faster. This is suggested, but not necessary.