This cherry chia jam is the easiest jam you will make! With just three ingredients and ready in 30 minutes, it's a fun fruity breakfast option for toast or porridge and one the kids will love too.
Unlike most store-bought jams, this recipe doesn't use refined sugar and is packed with sweet fruit. If you love your chia jam then you may like to try my blueberry chia jam and my blackberry chia jam as well!
This cherry jam is so simple to make, and uses minimal ingredients. A fun sweet treat that is packed with tasty fruit and kids love it too!
⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
Feels like summer. There's something about cherries that instantly makes me think of vacations and pretty gardens. This cherry chia jam is summer in a lovely sweet spread!
Few ingredients. You only need three ingredients for the jam, and the chia seeds and maple syrup are usually to hand.
Lots of way to use it. Whether it is on toast, rice cakes or porridge, this is a versatile recipe!
Just three ingredients make this chia jam. You will need:
- Cherries - you can use fresh or frozen. I tend to use frozen as they are already de-stoned which takes a little stress out of it, and because they tend to be much more affordable out of season.
- Chia seeds - a pantry staple for many of us, you want to use whole chia seeds not milled chia.
- Maple syrup - adds a lovely touch of extra sweetness. I only use a teaspoon but if you have a real sweet tooth then add a little more to preference.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, their quantities and the full instructions!
Heat the cherries on low until they release their juices. If needed, press them against the saucepan with the back of a spoon to help break them down a little more. Drizzle in the maple syrup, and stir well.
Once the cherries have dissolved to about half liquid, take off the heat and stir in the chia seeds. Add a touch of water if it seems too thick. Stir really well and leave to thicken for 10-minutes until cooled.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- If you want a more 'chunky' cherry chia seed jam, you can use 2 tablespoon of chia seeds.
- Make sure that the cherries have released some liquid. It is this liquid that the chia seeds will absorb to make the jam.
- You need to leave the jam to cool for at least 10 minutes, as this will be when it will thicken up.
🍰 More fun sweet treats
Cherry Chia Jam
- 2 cups cherries
- 1.5 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or more to taste
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a large pot gently heat the cherries on a low heat for 5-6 minutes until they release their juices. I like to press them against the saucepan with the back of a spoon to help break them down a little more. Drizzle in the maple syrup, and stir well.
- Once the cherries have dissolved to about half liquid, take off the heat and stir in the chia seeds. Add a touch of water if it seems too thick. Stir really well and leave to thicken for 10-minutes until cooled.
- If you aren't able to tolerate cherries, then hopefully my blueberry chia jam will suit you!
- Add a touch of water to thin the jam if required.
- For a thicker jam, you can increase the chia seeds to 2 tbsp.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
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