I hope all of you have enjoyed Cherry week here on the blog! The first two posts, Hard Cherry Limeade and Black Forest Cupcakes are ones you’ll definitely want to check out if you haven’t already! We’re going to be finishing up Cherry week with this super easy and healthy Cherry Chia Jam!
Chia Seed Jam is one of those fads that I’m a little behind on, kind of like the two-ingredient ice cream. Many of you are probably wondering what the hell Chia Seeds are, so let’s start with a little background. Chia is a plant that is grown in Central Mexico, it’s loaded with Omega-3’s, Dietary Fiber, and Protein. And yes, they’re the namesake for Chia Pets. That is why whenever I make something with them, Matt always says I’m eating the dreams of 90s children.
So anyways, Chia jam is really simple and there’s actually several different ways to make it. I chose the no cooking and no canning method because it’s summer and it’s hot and I really didn’t want to turn the burner on. Plus, I didn’t want to take any of the nutrients out of the fruit by boiling it down. The best part about chia jam is that you only need three ingredients, fruit, sweetener of choice and chia seeds. Pretty simple, right?
I chose cherries because they were on sale and they’re a fruit that isn’t commonly seen in jam, yet it’s one of my favorites! I chose honey because it’s a great alternative to sugar and I knew it would pair well with the cherries, but you can use any sweetener you want. The only thing about the chia seeds is that it gives the jam a raspberry jam texture, so if you don’t like seeds… well, you’re out of luck. If you’re a seed lover like me, then rejoice, because this jam is loaded!
Cherry Chia Jam
- 1 lb Cherries pitted
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Place cherries in a blender or food processor and blend until cherries are in small chunks.
- Transfer cherries into a large bowl and stir in honey and chia seeds.
- Cover and place in fridge for at least three hours, preferably overnight.
- Remove from fridge and transfer to air tight containers and store in fridge.
- Eat or freeze within 7 days.