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Easy Jam Recipe with Chia Seeds and Honey

This Easy Jam Recipe is so simple and ready in only ten minutes! This recipe can be made with a variety of fruit including blueberries, cherries and strawberries. Plus, these is no pectin and the jam is thickened and sweetened naturally with honey and chia seeds making it a healthy option for breakfast!

June 6, 2019 (Last Updated: August 10, 2019)
This Easy Jam Recipe is healthy, easy, made with only 3 ingredients (fruit, honey, and chia seeds), made without pectin and ready in only 10 minutes! The best spread for bagels, toast or any breakfast favorite. This recipe is also food sensitivity friendly and is gluten free, nut free, vegan, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian. Enjoy this no canning required blueberry, cherry, and strawberry jam! #jam #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast

I can’t tell you how happy this Easy Jam Recipe makes me! It is so simple, ready in about 10 minutes and so much healthier than store-bought jams. I started making this jam about a year ago and haven’t bought any from the store since. I love that this jam is better for my son and he loves it on everything. Often he will just lick the jam off and leave the rest! My family and I eat lots of fresh fruit, and I consistently over-buy (oops). Therefore, this recipe is perfect for making use of fruit that is about to go bad and not letting it go to waste. The jam saves in the fridge well, and if it makes it long enough I can easily freeze it for another day. I hope you and your family love this simple and versatile homemade jam!

What Do You Need To Make This Easy Jam Recipe?

The kitchen tools you will need for this jam recipe are:

  • A small saucepan
  • A potato masher or fork
  • An airtight jar or container for storage

Note: I love using mason jars or leftover glass jars that had store-bought products in them to save this jam. Also, another option is using glass storage containers like Pyrex. 

The ingredients you will need for this easy jam recipe are: 

  • Fruit of Choice
  • Honey
  • Chia Seeds

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How Do You Make Homemade Jam?

  1. Add fruit to a small saucepan and heat. Stir to avoid fruit from burning.
  2. When fruit starts to soften and release juices mash until small chunks remain.
  3. Add chia seeds and honey, or additional add-ins and stir.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes to thicken then stir, serve and store.

Note: All the fruits I have used have low pectin naturally, therefore the chia seeds are required for the jam to thicken. There is no need to add pectin to this recipe. 

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Jam Fruit Options

This recipe can be made with virtually any fruit. I have featured my three personal favorites including blueberry, strawberry, and cherry! Of course each fruit is going to yield a slightly different texture and flavor. Some may be sweeter, or more watery. You can adjust the amount of chia seeds and honey until the flavor is to your liking, or try some of the additional add-ins. Here are some ideas for fruits to use:

  • Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries- Featured
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • A Combo of Two or More

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Optional Homemade Jam Add-Ins

These add-ins are completely optional and just meant to give you more ideas to create your perfect jam. Some great things you can try are:

  • Lemon Juice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Spice: Cinnamon or Nutmeg
  • Maple Syrup instead of Honey

Note: If you are avoiding added sugars then you can leave the honey out. Also, you can add more if you want the flavor to be sweeter. 

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What to Serve Homemade Jam With

This easy jam recipe is very versatile and can be added to a variety of breakfast and beyond options. There are so many options for this jam recipe, so it will definitely not go to waste! Some of my favorites include:

  • Bagels
  • Toast
  • Waffles
  • English Muffins
  • Mixed into Greek Yogurt
  • Topper for Smoothie Bowls
  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Topper for Ice Cream
  • Serve with Cheese
  • Crepe Filling
  • Turned into Popsicle’s
  • Used in a Marinade

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Common 10 Minute Jam Questions:

How long does no pectin jam stay fresh?

This jam stay fresh for up to one week in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.

Can homemade jam be frozen?

YES! I love this recipe because I can make a bunch and save it to enjoy for months. Store jam in the freezer for up to three months in a glass or plastic container or freezer bag. If using a bag be sure to get all of the air out, and if using a container leave a small amount of space for expansion. Also, to de-thaw frozen jam simply put in the fridge overnight.

Do I have to know anything about canning to make this easy jam recipe?

Nope, you need ZERO canning knowledge or experience to make this jam.

How much jam does this 10 minute recipe yield?

This recipe yields about one cup of jam. Amounts vary slightly depending on the fruit you use, but it is always in the ballpark of a cup.

Is this vegan jam healthy?

Yes, this recipe only uses 3 ingredients including fruit, chia seeds and honey. The chia seeds act as a natural thickener, so no pectin is used. Additionally, the honey is optional, so if you are avoiding added sugars then just leave it out. Also, this recipe is great for a variety of diets and food sensitivities including: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, paleo and low carb.

Can I use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit for jam?

Yes, frozen fruit is okay to use instead of fresh. Note that frozen fruit may yield a different texture and may be a bit more watery. Therefore you might need to adjust the amount of chia seeds you use and let it rest longer.

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This Easy Jam Recipe is healthy, easy, made with only 3 ingredients (fruit, honey, and chia seeds), made without pectin and ready in only 10 minutes! The best spread for bagels, toast or any breakfast favorite. This recipe is also food sensitivity friendly and is gluten free, nut free, vegan, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian. Enjoy this no canning required blueberry, cherry, and strawberry jam! #jam #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast
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Easy Jam Recipe with Chia Seeds and Honey

This Easy Jam Recipe is easy, healthy, made with no pectin and ready in only 10 minutes! Perfect as a breakfast spread and freezer friendly.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Jam, Sauce, Spread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 10 minute jam recipe with berries, easy jam recipe without pectin, healthy homemade jame recipe
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 31

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Blueberries, Cherries or Strawberries See Notes
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Honey Optional- See Notes

Instructions

  • Add fruit of choice to a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid to fruit from burning. Cook for 5 minutes until fruit is soft and has released its juices.
  • Use a fork or masher to mash the fruit until only some chunks remain. Remove from heat and add the chia seeds and honey. Let cool for 5 minutes then give one final stir. Serve immediately or store in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!
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Notes

*This recipe can be made with virtually any fruit you like. Some great options are blueberries, cherries, strawberries (all three featured), raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, grapes, cantaloupe or a combination. Each fruit will yield a different texture so be aware some may come out more chunky or runny. 
*Honey is not required and you can add more of less depending on how sweet you want the jam. You can also add any of the optional add-ins mentioned. 
*Nutrition Information is calculated  for blueberry jam.

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 0.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 3.8g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Denise
    June 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm


    Oh this looks really good! I like that its smooth, not big gelled clumps like jellies and jams can be. Seems easy to make too!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks! We love it!

  • Reply
    Sally
    June 7, 2019 at 4:49 am


    Ok – wow! This will be a great quick jam for me to make with our summer Ranier cherries that are currently ripening on the tree. Will print your recipe to use for my harvest. Thanks!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks! The cherry is one of my favs!

  • Reply
    Beth
    June 7, 2019 at 4:33 am


    Homemade jam is pretty much the best! We even enjoy putting it on ice cream!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Always a good idea!

  • Reply
    Mikayla
    June 7, 2019 at 4:25 am


    Homemade jam is the way to go! I grew up on the homemade stuff and love this recipe to make some myself. I’m always trying to use up extra fruit too!!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Totally agree! So much better than the stuff at the store.

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    June 7, 2019 at 2:33 am


    Jam is one of my favorite Breakfast option. This looks healthy too.

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Same!

  • Reply
    Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest
    June 7, 2019 at 2:04 am


    Such an easy recipe to make jam at home, and it is such a great time too since the berries are all in season. 🙂

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, I love how simple it is!

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