Most jellies and jams are loaded with refined white sugar or high fructose corn syrup, significantly increasing your daily sugar consumption. So, we’re always looking for jam with low or no refined sugar in it.  

I usually end with jam that is sweetened with fruit juice, which is definitely better. But this recipe is even better as it contains ZERO amount of refined sugar in it! It can be sweetened with maple syrup or not depending on sweet your fruit tastes. Plus it contains super-omega filled chia seeds!

It’s low in calories – about 1/2 of a usual jam or jelly. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, containing around 22% of your daily recommended amount per serving! It is also rich in Vitamin K, containing about 13% of your daily amount. 

Plus, it tastes sweet and yummy!!  

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Serves: 14  


  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries or a 16-ounce bag of frozen strawberries 
  • 2 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup


  1. If using frozen fruit, defrost the package overnight in the refrigerator.  Once defrosted, drain the liquid from the package and measure out the strawberries.
  2. Heat the fruit in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, until the mixture starts to boil and thicken. Use a potato masher to break up the big pieces into your desired size.  
  3. Once the fruit is to your liking, add in the chia seeds and lemon juice and stir until well-combined. Taste and see if you need to add the maple syrup.
  4. Remove from the heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes so that it will thicken. 
  5. Consume immediately or place in the refrigerator for a few hours to really thicken it up. 
  6. This recipe can keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or 3 months if frozen. 

Did you know? The difference between jam and jelly is that jam is made with whole mashed fruit, while jelly is made with fruit juice. 

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