If you have never used chia seeds to make jam before, trust me… you’re going to want to try! When soaked in liquid, chia seeds form a gel-like consistency which mimics the texture of jam. But, there is no need to add tons of sugar or pectin to the recipe when you use chia seeds!
This unique property, along with the neutral taste of chia seeds, allows the flavor of the kiwi fruit to shine through in this jam. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, so it adds a little nutritious boost to this simple jam recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Inherently Sweet – the kiwi used in the recipe is naturally sweet, reducing the need for added sugars and making this jam a healthier choice.
- Rich in Nutrients – both kiwifruit and chia seeds are packed with essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and various other micronutrients, making this jam a nutritious addition to your meals.
- Versatile – the recipe can be used in a multitude of ways, from spreading on toast to adding a fruity twist to desserts or even as a glaze for roasting tofu!
- Easy to make – this homemade jam does not require complicated cooking techniques or equipment. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a little time.
- Low in sugar – the use of maple syrup as a natural sweetener and the inherent sweetness of the kiwifruit keeps the sugar content of this jam relatively low compared to store-bought varieties.
- Unique flavor profile – the combination of kiwi and a hint of lime gives this jam a unique, tropical flavor that stands out from traditional berry or grape jams.
- Long-lasting – the recipe makes an ample quantity of jam, meaning you can enjoy it for a longer period or share it with friends and family.
- Vegan-friendly -this recipe uses plant-derived ingredients, making it suitable for those following a vegan diet.
How To Use This Kiwi Chia Seed Jam
Personally, I like mixing this jam into oatmeal. But, there are so many ways to use it! Here are a few ideas.
- Spread on whole grain toast for a nutritious breakfast
- Mixed into a bowl of rolled oats or overnight oats for added flavor and texture
- Swirled into your favorite plant-based yogurt for a delicious, healthy snack
- Used as a filling for homemade muffins or pastries
- Slathered over pancakes or waffles as a healthier alternative to syrup
- Stirred into a smoothie for a touch of natural sweetness
- Used as a topping on ice-cream or desserts for a fruity twist
- Layered in a breakfast parfait with granola and yogurt
- Used as a glaze for roasting tofu
- Added to a cheeze and cracker platter for an unexpected pop of flavor
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?
Yes, you can use honey or any other sweetener of your choice. However, remember to adjust the quantity according to the sweetness level desired.
How long does this chia seed jam last?
Typically, homemade chia seed jam can last for about 1-2 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Why is my jam not thickening?
If your jam isn’t thickening, it may be because you haven’t added enough chia seeds or haven’t given them enough time to absorb the liquid. If your jam is still too liquidy after an hour, try adding a bit more chia seeds and let it sit for another 30-60 minutes.
Can I use this jam in baking recipes?
Absolutely! This jam works great as a filling in baked goods like muffins, cakes or pastries. Just remember it’s a bit runnier than traditional jam.
Kiwi Fruit Chia Seed Jam
- 3 cups chopped kiwi peeled
- 1 tsp lime or lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Peel and cut your kiwi into chunks. You can also slice and scoop the kiwi.
- Mix the peeled kiwi fruit along with the lime juice and maple syrup in a saucepan over low-medium heat.
- As the mixture heats, use a potato masher to break the kiwi up. Allow the mixture to heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. It should become thicker and syrup-like.
- Mix your chia seeds into the mixture and remove from heat.
- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15-20 minutes. Then, scoop it into your jar or container of choice to set in the fridge.
- This jam tastes best when it is allowed to cool and set overnight. But, you can enjoy it right away! It will thicken up a bit as well.