Strawberry Chia Jam

Strawberry season is just around the corner and I am super excited! One of my favorite things to make with them?  Strawberry jam.  I usually tend to stay away from things like jam if they have refined sugar, but luckily I can make my own healthier version at home.  It uses just enough maple syrup to bring out the natural flavors in the berries, with a hint of lemon and I thicken it with chia seeds.  This is much easier to make than traditional jam plus you get all of the benefits of the chia seeds too!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



In a large saucepan, combine the berries, maple syrup, water and salt and bring to a simmer.  Cook until the berries until they are soft, about 15 minutes.   Mash them with the back of a spoon or a fork.  Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice, and let sit for 30 minutes.  Cool completely and spoon into jars.  Keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

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Recipe Type

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Breakfast
  • Snack

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Child Friendly
  • Easy