Simple, delicious homemade cherry jam, made with the goodness of chia seeds!
Chia seeds are the best. Cherries are also the best. Naturally, combining best and best must equal bestest, right?
Using chia seeds to make jam is probably easiest thing ever. Store bought jams just have something, I don’t know, “shelf-y”, about them if you know what I mean. There are very few store bought jams I can actually tolerate.
If you are a regular store-bought jam person, you definitely need to get on the chia jam band wagon, though. For real. It doesn’t get much better than having delicious, fresh jam that only needs a couple ingredients and takes barely any time at all to make.
The best thing about making your own chia jams is knowing you are actually eating real fruit that hasn’t had 14,000 pounds of refined sugar dumped into it. Not to mention the lack of preservatives. Plus, the omega-3’s and fibre content in the chia seeds actually bolster the jam up to be quite nutritious. Who woulda thought?
Second best thing about chia jams is that they can be made from pretty much any fruit. My personal favourites are blueberry and strawberry mango! For this recipe, I decided to use cherries, cause well, I love cherry anything, so why the hell not.
If you like your jams a little on the sweeter side, you can definitely up the amount of sweetener to your liking. Or you can completely leave the sweetener out if that’s more your style. Customizable is an understatement when it comes to making your own jam.
Once you’ve got your own batch of chia jam made, you can put that -ish on everything! Toast, oatmeal, yogurt, or in my super simple Vegan Cherry Pop-tarts. Or a PB&J, anyone? This stuff is especially good for kids, Lord knows they don’t need all the added crap that’s in traditional jams.
Sooo, if you haven’t tried making your own chia jam yet, go! Do it! You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re a seasoned chia jam maker, I’d love to hear what your favourite kind to make is!
And, be sure to use the hashtag #sweetlikecocoa on social media so I can see all your wonderful jams!
- 2 cups frozen pitted cherries (Just under 300g frozen)
- 3 tbs black chia seeds
- 2-3 tbs agave nectar* (Depends on how sweet you prefer)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- Heat frozen cherries in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring regularly for about 5-10 minutes
- As the fruit starts to break down, mash with a fork or masher until you are satisfied with the consistency, or mash just a little to keep it chunky
- Mix in the agave and lemon juice, and adjust the heat to reach a low boil
- Add the chia seeds and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the jam starts to get thick (it won’t be quite as thick as a jam at this point)
- Remove from heat and let stand in covered saucepan for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to soak up more moisture
- Transfer to a jar and store refrigerator (the jam will continue to thicken in the fridge)
* Can substitute honey if not vegan