There are definitely a few food staples from my childhood that I remember well. Homemade strawberry jam is definitely one of them. We used to go strawberry picking every summer and then have a day where we would make jars upon jars of jam and freeze it away for the winter months.

Clean Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

There was just something about my moms jam. It was the best jam I had ever tasted. Nothing like the store bought stuff, which I could never get used to after having my moms jam.

So when I got married, I decided that it was time I learned how to make this jam on my own and carry on the tradition. Once I learned the secret, it was actually fairly simple. That secret is: a packet of clubhouse freezer jam mix! That’s it. No cooking required, just a packet, some sugar and some time. 

Clean Strawberry & Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Last summer I went a little overboard and we picked over $70 worth of strawberries. That doesn’t include all the raspberries and blueberries we picked as well. There is just something about picking your own fruit and making food with it. Nothing quite like it. We had jars and jars of jam, many of which we gave out to neighbors and friends.

This summer, as we’ve tried to be more conscience of our food choices and eliminate refined sugar from the diet, I decided I wanted to give my favorite jam a little food makeover. I have seen chia seed jams floating around the interwebs and so after researching a few different recipes and techniques, I came up with my own version of clean strawberry chia jam.

Clean Strawberry & Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

The results: pretty darn good! I will say that it’s definitely not as sweet as my moms recipe but we aren’t using refined sugar here. The texture is great, especially after it’s cooled. It really is so simple and I love that when I’m eating it, there’s no guilt of eating badly, rather, true satisfaction knowing that what you made is clean and good for your body. No refined sugar, no preservatives, just whole, clean goodness!

A few things to note. First, I found a few recipes that said to use a blender when mashing up the berries. I tried this and it was a HUGE mistake. Made the consistency way too watery. I reverted back to how my mom used to prep the berries with just a good ol’ potato masher! Perfect consistency. Secondly, in the picture you see one jar of strawberry jam and one jar of raspberry jam. This recipe worked well for both versions. So if you prefer one over the other, it will work! Thirdly, you can use any kind of natural sweetener in this recipe: stevia, maple syrup or honey. Any of them would be great. 


Clean Strawberry & Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Clean Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
A clean version of the classic freezer jam made with chia seeds and sweetened with stevia.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups strawberries, washed, destemmed and cut
  2. 4 tbsp chia seeds
  3. 3-4 packets of stevia
  4. Water, optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into one bowl
  2. Mash strawberries until broken down and mix well with other ingredients
  3. Place into pot and put on medium until it starts to bubble up
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 7-8 minutes
  5. Remove from heat when it reaches desired consistency and jar
Notes
  1. * Last 1-2 weeks in refrigerator
  2. * Lasts 6-12 months in freezer
  3. * This recipe can be easily changed up using any other berry
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So if you’ve been making your own version of freezer jams, why not give this clean chia seed recipe a try? I think you will find a nice surprise here!

Love & Blessings,

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22 Comments on Clean Strawberry Chia Jam

  1. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    July 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Lovely blog:) I’ve been meaning to make chia jam, but it’s still on my list to do. Looks delicious!

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    • Christine
      July 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! And yes, you should definitely try it! Let me know how it turns out! xox

      Reply
  2. Jessica
    July 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Believe it or not, I have never made homemade jam and I think this recipe is so simple enough (and healthy) to inspire me to do it. Crazy thing is we have a stash of homemade jam that our friends pawn off on us. —it never hurts to learn!

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

      So funny! It’s so easy to make and taste WAY better than the store bought stuff! Definitely give it a try! xox

      Reply
  3. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    July 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Love chia jam! Chia seeds are probably my most favorite superfood. They’re versatile and can be used in a number of different ways.. Thanks for the yummy recipe! 🙂

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Just discovering them and loving them! xox

      Reply
  4. Teryn / Vintage Romance Style
    July 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks so yummy! When I get my own kitchen again, I’ll be trying this and some of your Greek recipes, oh and those chicken wings! I’m gonna share this on FB!

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks love! xox

      Reply
  5. Jo-Anne
    July 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Dad and I just made 14 jars for the winter. But, I think I like the sound of this new version. I’ll just have to taste it during my visit next week. Sounds delish and healthier.

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Definitely delish and very healthy! Just gotta get used to the no sugar taste! xox

      Reply
  6. Kat | curlsnchard.com
    July 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Chia jam is one of my favorite, easy healthy recipes. I think my blackberry chia jam recipe was one of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog (the bad pictures are a tell tale :D), and I still love it so much! I actually use honey as a sweetener, because I found it helps the jam to last better in the fridge – I guess because of the antibacterial properties of honey. Anyway, great recipe, thank you for sharing it!

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s a great reason for using honey, never thought of that. I will for sure try honey instead next time! xox

      Reply
  7. laci
    July 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad I found this ! My mom is also all about making your own and she would definitely show me but this one just seems more like wht I need and wld enjoy yay !! Definitely trying it.

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    • Christine
      July 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it Laci! xox

      Reply
  8. Bree
    July 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

    YUM! I should try this. Love your photos! I use chia seeds in my smoothies and morning oats too. 🙂

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    • Christine
      July 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! And I use them in those things too! Just a great extra source of protein! xox

      Reply
  9. Brea
    July 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I don’t eat Stevia…do you think I could use coconut sugar?

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    • Christine
      July 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Sure, I don’t see why not. To keep it clean though, I would try maple syrup or honey first! Let me know how it turns out! xox

      Reply
  10. Lindsay
    July 21, 2015 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

    Christine, this is mouth-watering reading. I never would have thought to put chia seeds but what a great idea! I also love that you don’t have to cook the jam.

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    • Christine
      July 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Ya the chia seeds act as a binder so it’s great. You do actually have to cook the jam, for about 8 minutes…but it’s super simple! Enjoy girl! xox

      Reply
  11. Ashleigh
    July 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m probably going to have to make this jam since my hubs loves all things jellies and jams and loves them homemade! I love chia so it is a win-win for us both! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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    • Christine
      July 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

      My pleasure girl! Enjoy! xox

      Reply

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