Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam

Sugar-free cherry chia jam. Because what else was I to make with 20lbs of fresh Okanagan cherries? Yesterday, I asked you guys on Instagram which recipe you wanted to see on the blog today and this is what you chose. Cherry chia jam over pasta salad. Ask and you shall receive. So as you requested, I’m sharing my favorite cherry chia jam this Friday. This is recipe 2 of my cherry series (there’s no such thing, but there probably should be at the rate at which I’m using cherries at the moment). Nevertheless, I shared this cherry yogurt tart last week, now this cherry jam and you can expect one more cherry recipe before the end of summer. I can’t help it, cherries are my absolute favorite… The reason behind my blog logo, in case you were ever wondering. That and I love the color of cherries and it represents the fruit-sweetened desserts I create for this blog. Fun fact: the color of this jam is the color of our wedding. This is a special jam (not really, but I like to think so). For starters, there’s no added sugar. Zero. Only cherries for sweetness, which is all you really need. This cherry jam is also the easiest jam there is. 2 ingredients, 20 minutes and one pot is all you need. Yes, I just said two ingredients. Cherries and chia seeds… And water if you want to get technical. Also vanilla if you want to get fancy, but I just skipped it this time. Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam   Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam Have you ever made homemade jam? It’s SO easy and way better than any store-bought jam. Not to mention healthier… This particular jam contains no added sugar and has a good dose of healthy fats and fiber from the chia seeds. Here’s how simple it really is:

  1. Add the cherries and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Mash the cherries.
  3. Add the chia seeds, turn down the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.

It doesn’t get easier than this. You can also kick it up a notch and add a touch of vanilla or a pinch of fine grain sea salt. I should also note that this recipe can be adapted for basically any fruit. That being said, it’s a must-have recipe for summer! Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam

Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam
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Sugar-Free Cherry Chia Jam

Cherry jam sweetened with fruit only. Because that's all you really need. Made with 2 ingredients only: cherries and chia seeds. The end result? A naturally sweetened, thick jam with a healthy dose of fiber and healthy fats!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring the water and cherries to a boil over high heat.

  2. When it reaches a low boil, mash the cherries until desired consistency. I like to leave a few chunks.

  3. Reduce heat to low-medium. Stir in the chia seeds and let simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. The jam will continue to thicken after cooking, so don't worry if it doesn't get as thick as you'd like. 

  4. Store in a mason jar (I filled about one jar and a half), in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Recipe Notes

Add a touch of vanilla and salt if desired.

You can also use frozen cherries, but note that the cook time may be affected.

Feel free to make this jam using other fruits!

If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Tara | 24th Sep 18

    I made this with frozen strawberries. I just reduced the water by about half, and it turned out great! My 3 year old approves, and it was so quick and easy 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Lindsay | 25th Aug 18

    I made this in preparation for the Cherry Coconut Overnight Oats, but it’s been so good on my toast in the morning too!

    • Unsweetened Caroline | 25th Aug 18

      I’m so happy to hear you like it! I love it on toast or even swirled in plain yogurt. 🙂

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