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Normal women romanticize exotic vacation spots, dates with George Clooney, and a world in which brownies don’t contain calories. I romanticize canning. I have yet to work up the nerve to try the real-deal (canning that is—George, I’m available when you’re available), and until I do, I’m perfectly content with this easy, no-can 3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam.

3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam

In addition to my southern belle alter ego (the one who made you Cajun Shrimp and Grits, Baked Fried Chicken, and Bourbon Buttermilk Pie), a part of me also longs to live on a farm. In my idyllic country world, I raise my own chickens, grow my own vegetables, and can the bounty of my fields. I long to fill mason jars with sacred summer flavors, then stow them safely for a dreary morning in February. It sounds industrious, wholesome, and wise.

How to make Strawberry Chia Jam with 3 ingredients!

Easy 3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam. No canning required!

In real life, five hours of yard work on Saturday nearly killed me, I find chickens to be rather smelly, and I refuse to live more than 15 minutes from a Trader Joe’s. Thank goodness for strawberry chia jam. It allows me to savor all of the benefits of homemade jam, without the fuss of actually canning it.

How to make the best Strawberry Chia Jam with only 3 ingredients

Refined Sugar-Free Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – Easy and Delicious!

When you make your own jam, you can use the freshest, sweetest fruit available, control the amount and kind of sweetener (store-bought jams are often saturated with refined sugar), and above all, experience the deep, pure fruit flavor of scratch-made jam. While traditional canning requires scrupulous attention to detail, intense sterilization, and a dedication to quantity that intimidates me, this strawberry chia jam demands only three ingredients, 30 minutes (much of which is hands off), and makes as small or large a batch as you please.

How to make Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Making strawberry chia jam is as simple as heating and mashing the fruit with a bit of honey, stirring in the chia seeds, then letting it cool. That’s it. We be jammin’ (sorry).

Homemade Strawberry Chia Jam. 3 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!

As the jam rests, the chia seeds thicken and remind me of little speckly strawberry seeds. In addition to being cute, they’re loaded with fiber (a whopping 5 grams per tablespoon), giving the chia jam an extra nutritional benefit.

It’s also a great way to use up any overripe berries you have lurking in your refrigerator, and you can swap the strawberries for other summer fruits you love or have on hand. My next project is blueberry chia jam, if for no other reason than I impulse bought the two-pound value berry box at Trader Joe’s last night.

How to Serve Chia Seed Jam

  • On Toast. I’ve been enjoying this strawberry chia jam on toast for easy breakfasts, snacks, and even desserts. Chia seed jam PB&J anyone?
  • With Yogurt or Oatmeal. Mixing this jam into a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal takes a simple breakfast to the next level.
  • On Waffles or Pancakes. Slather some on Strawberry Shortcake Waffles or Vegan Pancakes for a breakfast the entire family will love.
  • On Biscuits. Nothing satisfies quite like a plate of fluffy, buttery Drop Biscuits with homemade jam.

More Strawberry Recipes for Breakfast or Dessert

Easy Strawberry Chia Jam

Chia jam, done. Think I’m ready for a pet chicken?

3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam

5 from 1 vote
A delicious and easy strawberry chia jam made with only 3 ingredients! This is the perfect way to use up extra summer fruit, and it's healthy too.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 24 ounces strawberries or fruit of choice, fresh or frozen (if the fruit is large, slice it into pieces first)
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or agave (I used honey)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Optional add ins:

  • Aged balsamic vinegar (good with berry jams)
  • Ginger or cinnamon (good with stone fruit jams)
  • Vanilla extract or almond extract
  • Orange or lemon zest


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the fruit and 2 tablespoons honey. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to liquefy (about 5 to 10 minutes for berries, longer for firmer fruits). Once the fruit is liquidy, bring it to a gentle boil and let cook until it breaks down and becomes saucy, about 5 minutes. Mash lightly to reach your desired consistency (I kept mine fairly chunky).
  • Taste the jam for sweetness. If you desire more, stir in additional honey a few teaspoons at a time, until you reach the desired taste. Stir in any optional mix-ins.
  • Stir in the chia seeds and let cook one minute. Remove the pan from the heat, stir once more, and let sit for 10 minutes. The jam will continue to thicken as it cools. (If it seems very thin, add 1 to 2 additional teaspoons of chia seeds, stir, then let sit 10 additional minutes.)
  • Transfer the chia jam to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.


Leftover chia jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 2 months.

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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    1. Hi Cathe, I began adding nutrition info to my recipes in 2016, but unfortunately it’s too time consuming to go back and calculate it for previous recipes. An online calculator like MyFitnessPal will do it for free—I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

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