3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

This healthy strawberry chia seed jam is made with just 3 ingredients and comes together in less than 15 minutes. Learn how to make it now. 

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This 3-ingredient strawberry chia jam is easy to make and healthier than most store-bought options!

Have you ever wanted to make jam at home? 

If so, this strawberry chia seed recipe is a great place to start! Unlike traditional recipes, this strawberry chia seed jam doesn’t have any pectin or large amounts of added sugars. 

Thanks to the unique ability of chia seeds to form a gel, all you need are 3 simple ingredients: chia seeds, strawberries, and a little pure maple syrup!

Made in less than 15 minutes on the stove, you’ll love how easy and versatile this strawberry chia seed jam recipe really is! 

Looking for a delicious way to use it? My go-to are these Norwegian-style waffles!

Strawberry chia seed jam recipe

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy, pectin-free homemade jam.
  • Free of artificial ingredients.
  • Naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
  • Requires just 3 simple ingredients.
strawberry chia seed jam

Ingredients Used to Make Strawberry Chia Jam

  • Strawberries: I’ve found frozen strawberries tend to work the best, but fresh are also fine!
  • Pure maple syrup: This jam is lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. You can use honey or agave instead.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are the key ingredient for this pectin-free jam. I like to buy mine in bulk online!
  • Optional flavor extract: While you don’t need it, I like to add a splash of vanilla extract to my jam. Orange, almond, or lemon would all be tasty as well! Start with ¼ teaspoon and add more to taste. 

How to Make Chia Seed Jam

  1. Start by placing your strawberries and maple syrup in a large saucepan. The bigger the pan, the faster your jam will boil and thicken thanks to the extra surface area. 
  2. Cook you berries on medium heat – they should come to a light boil. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until you can easily mash them. 
  3. After mashing, stir in chia seeds and boil for 1 more minute.
  4. After than minute, remove pan from heat and add vanilla extract (if using). Let the jam cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a glass jar. By then, the jam should be nice and thick.
  5. Cover jar and store in the refrigerator.

How long does chia seed jam keep?

When stored in an airtight container, this strawberry chia seed jam should last for up to 2 weeks. 

What to use this homemade fruit spread on

Yogurt parfait with strawberry chia seed jam

Tips for making this recipe

  • Frozen strawberries tend to make for a juicer chia jam than fresh.
  • Use a large saucepan to help the mixture thicken faster. 
  • Allow your chia jam to cool completely before placing it in the fridge. 

More chia seed recipes to try 

Looking for ways to put all those chia seeds to use? Here are some of my favorite healthy chia seed recipes:
If you tried this strawberry chia seed jam recipe, or any other recipe on the blog, let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment/rating below! Be sure to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for even more deliciousness!

Strawberry Seed Jam

This strawberry chia seed jam is an easy and delicious spread, sweetened only with maple syrup and whole strawberries. Plus, no pectin needed!
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chia seed jam recipe, Strawberry chia seed jam
Servings: 16
Calories: 24kcal
Author: The Healthy Toast


  • 1 lb frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Place a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
  • Add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir frequently until boiling (depending on your stove may take about 10 minutes).
  • Carefully mash strawberries with a potato masher and continue to cook until it begins to thicken.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness as desired.
  • Stir in chia seeds and allow to boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract, and let it sit for 10 minutes so the jam can thicken.
  • Pour into a glass container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.


Nutrition per 1 tablespoon: 24 calories, 0 g fat, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein
Adapted from Oh My Veggies

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  • AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon AvatarAZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon6 years ago

    I love how you can now easily make cleaner jellies and jams thanks to chia seeds!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast6 years ago

      This was my first attempt using chia seeds and I’m sold! There are so many more combinations I’m looking forward to trying 🙂

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