healthy + homemade raspberry jam (without pectin)

This is the easiest jam you will ever make, plus it’s the healthiest; full of heart healthy omegas, fibre, calcium and protein.  You only need three ingredients too (and zero pectin)!

healthy + delicious pectin-free raspberry jam (the easy way!) | A Dash of Mum

I used frozen organic raspberries, chia seeds and sugar (I’m sure honey or maple syrup could be substituted as well).  I added roughly 2 – 2.5 cups of frozen raspberries to a saucepan with a few tablespoons of water and let it melt down and gently simmer for approximately 10 minutes.  I stirred in a little less than 1/4 cup of sugar (add more or less depending on your taste).  Then I turned off the heat and added 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and stirred everything together well.

Then simply let the jam cool.  The chia seeds will absorb liquid and gel up, thickening the berry mixture and creating a beautiful jam consistency.  I love using raspberries for chia jam, since the tiny chia seeds mimic the raspberry seeds.  You can’t even tell that they’re there.

healthy + delicious pectin-free raspberry jam (the easy way!) | A Dash of Mum

healthy + delicious pectin-free raspberry jam (the easy way!) | A Dash of Mum

Chia seeds are extremely healthy as well.  They are full of antioxidants, calcium, omega 3’s, protein, magnesium and fibre. This jam is awesome for kids and a great addition to breakfast.  I love that I can control the amount of sugar as well.  If I wanted to use a sweeter fruit, like blueberries or strawberries, I could decrease the amount of sugar.

This jam is so delicious and the flavour can’t compare to a store bought jam.  It is perfect smeared over buttered toast and would be delicious spooned into plain greek yogurt or over ice cream.

I hope you love this jam as much as I do!  It’s so easy to make and will last around 2 weeks in the fridge (although ours is always gone by then so I haven’t really tested any longer out 🙂

healthy + delicious pectin-free raspberry jam (the easy way!) | A Dash of Mum

Healthy Pectin-Free Raspberry Jam

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 2-3 tb water
  • scant 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add berries and water and melt berries over low/medium heat until simmering – stirring occasionally.  Let cook for 10 minutes or so, until berries are melted down and broken up.
  2. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in chia seeds, mixing well.  Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Spoon into glass jar with a lid, and enjoy.

Jam will keep well in fridge up to 14 days.

healthy + delicious pectin-free raspberry jam (the easy way!) | A Dash of Mum

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3 Comment

  1. Okay, your pictures look AMAZING Meg!

  2. I just recently learned about using Chia seeds to gel. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will have to try it with another fruit, since raspberries are scarce in Israel.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for reading! I think it would work with any fruit and be delicious, I just use raspberry since I usually have it in my freezer and the chia seeds mimic the raspberry seeds lol, but strawberries would be delicious, or even something like peach or mango 🙂

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