There are some things I’d rather buy than make – ice cream, almond milk, mayonnaise, hot sauce, peanut butter – it’s partially because I like the store options and the rest is just laziness. BUT, there are some things that are so easy to make even my laziness doesn’t get in the way – take this Blueberry Chia Jam for instance. Yes, I could go to the store and buy jam but I always find it to be awfully sweet. Even the jam that uses cane sugar in place of high-fructose corn syrup is a little too sweet for my taste.
Plus, one thing I always have on hand is frozen blueberries. I get a big ol’ bag from Costco and use it in oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, or eaten by itself for a late evening snack. With how simple and easy this Blueberry Chia Jam is there really is no excuse! Unless you’re out of chia seeds – without chia seeds this will not thicken to the jam consistency we’re shooting for.
If you’re not a big fan of blueberries and wondering if this recipe will work with other fruit, the answer is YES! You can use 1/2 cup strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, even apricot! I have not tested all of these fruits out so you may need to adjust the amount of water added.
Tasty Ideas for Adding Blueberry Chia Jam
*PB&J – you can’t go wrong here
*Pancakes – like these Whole Grain Blender Pancakes!
*On top of cream cheese for cracker dip
*On top of a PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE…yaaaass
If you try any of these ideas you’ve gotta let me know. Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @stephaniemoore_rd so I can see your Moore Nourished recipe creations!
Let’s jump into this super easy recipe!
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Optional: 1-2 teaspoon maple syrup or cane sugar
- Add blueberries to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer on medium to medium-high heat.
- Simmer for 5 minutes or until the blueberries start to pop and release a lot of their juices.
- Reduce heat to low-medium. Using a potato masher or a fork, smash the blueberries until most of them are smashed and no longer whole.
- Add water and stir in chia seeds. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes you'll notice the chia seeds have soaked up the moisture and a jam consistently is leftover. There you have it! It's really as easy as that. Store in the fridge for 1 week.