Searching for an easy sugar-free chia seed jam recipe? What would you say if I told you this special chia jam recipe only takes 5 minutes?
This sugar-free chia jam requires just 4 ingredients and has only 1.2g net carbs per tablespoon. It's packed with fiber, protein, plant omega-3 fatty acids, and tasty colorful berries. Homemade jam is always more delicious than regular jam.
Is strawberry jam keto?
Traditional jam is not keto. Homemade jam is also not sugar free. Most jams and preserves are made with so much sugar which thickens the jam/jelly and acts as a natural preservative.
And if you are following a keto diet or low-carb diet, you will be avoiding all sugars so this homemade berry jam will be perfect for your next peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And don't worry. I have low carb and easy keto recipes to substitute for all these. No more rocketing blood sugar here thank you.
Is chia keto?
Yes chia is extremely low in carbs higher in protein than most seeds and is a great way to make easy homemade chia seed jam. Chia seeds are very small (only 2 millimeters in diameter). Chia seeds are sold as white chia or black chia.
What I love about chia seeds is their neutral flavor and their ability to absorb 12 times their weight in water. This means you can make low carb and keto recipes pretty easily without adding flour to thicken them.
Chia seeds have the most amazing ability to absorb water, thicken and swell creating a yummy thick jam. You don't even need to cook them. This really is the easiest jam and wonderful recipe.
No more standing over the oven cooking berries on medium heat for hours until the traditional homemade jam sets. This is an easy no bake recipe.
What ingredients do you need?
To make this great recipe, you only need 5 simple ingredients. Fresh fruit (your favorite berries), some fresh lemon juice, chia seeds, and your favorite sugar-free sweetener.
- fresh berries or frozen berries
- chia seeds
- sweetener (sugar replacement) of choice
- lemon juice
Typically, making jam is an all-day process. I don't know about you, but I don't have time for the boiling, sterilizing, preserving jars, and not to mention all that sugar!
I made my own jam because I refuse to buy sugar-free jam from the supermarket. Too many companies use artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose, aspartame, or saccharin.
Or they use maltitol which raises blood sugars (try some, test your blood sugars, watch them rise and rise and rise). I prefer to use stevia, xylitol or erythritol.
Yes, there will be a little sugar in the chia jam from the berries, but look at the comparisons below. This really is the perfect way to still eat jam and stay on your keto diet.
This sugar free jam only takes 5 minutes to make and can set in 20 minutes. It is packed with delicious high fibre chia seeds with all their plant omega-3 fatty acids.
How many carbs are there in chia seed jam?
You can make the chia jam with any berry. The sugar and carb count will vary depending on which berry you choose to use. You can see the carbs in fruits to compare which is the most keto-friendly berry.
- Regular berry jam - per 20g tablespoon = 13g carbohydrates, 13g sugars
- Homemade chia berry jam - per 20g tablespoon = 3.5g carbohydrates, 0.8g sugar
So why are chia seeds so brilliant? Chia seeds have the most amazing ability to absorb many times their size in liquid and swell and thicken. It is this property that we can harness to make a super easy chia jam and jellies.
You can vary how thick or spreadable you would like your chia jam to be. Simply add more chia seeds and watch it quickly thicken. Alternatively, add more water or berries and it will become a little more liquid in its texture.
Top tips for making chia seed jam
As you make this recipe, here are some of the most common questions people often ask about chia seed jam. Browse the list and see if your question is listed here too.
How do you make it smooth without seeds and bits?
Personally, I like to seed the little seeds from the berries I used to make the jam, but if you have picky children, why not puree it with a stick blender? You can even use a potato masher to mix the berries, seeds, lemon juice and sweetener.
As time goes on, puree the jam less and less, because children must get used to lumpy 'bits' in their food.
For many children, the food they like or dislike comes down to texture. This is a tricky aspect to deal with overnight, but it can be done. For some, this may take months. So be patient and encouraging!
Some children will eat mince/ground beef, but not a steak. Then, other children will eat fruit puree, but not a piece of fruit. Some will eat tomato paste on a pizza, but not a whole tomato. If we can help encourage children even a tiny way towards accepting different textures, their food repertoire will begin to grow.
What kind of fruit can I add to the chia seed jam?
The fun thing about this jam is that you can use any type of fruit that you want. The only thing that will change is the number of natural sugars from the fruit. If you are trying to count your carbs, you'll want to look at how much natural sugar is in the fruit before you use it.
Some of the best fruits to use in chia seed jam are:
Do chia seeds thicken jam?
Yes, when chia seeds mix with water, they create a natural thickener. The chia seeds also add fiber and protein to the jam too.
Is chia seed jam safe for canning?
No, chia seed jam is not safe for canning. The only safe way to use chia seeds in jam in by following my recipe, which doesn't use any type of canning method at all.
Are fresh or frozen berries better for this recipe?
The fantastic thing about this sugar-free jam recipe is that you can use either frozen berries or fresh ones. If you are using frozen berries, let them defrost before you mash them into a puree.
Low-carb ways to use sugar-free jam
This can be used just like you would use other flavors of jelly. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Why not try it on a warm piece of low-carb 3 seed bread with butter
- Hide it inside a chocolate mug cake for a fun pop of flavor
- Pour it over keto waffles or paleo pancakes
- Use it as a topping on sugar-free ice cream
By the way, once you buy a bag of chia seeds, you may want to try these other recipes.
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- If using frozen berries, allow them to defrost. Mash the berries with a fork until a lumpy puree is created.
- Add the chia seeds, lemon juice, sweetener and water. Mix.
- Pour into a little jam jar or storage container and place in the fridge to set.
- Once the chia jam has set, mix again to ensure all the berries and chia seeds are evenly distributed. Enjoy.