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 so is a healthier option too. If you love your chia jam then you may like to try my blueberry chia jam and my blackberry chia jam as well!
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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 - always on my shopping list as I use them so often - have a read below for why!
- 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
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.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, their quantities and the full instructions!
Health benefits of chia seeds
Chia seeds are one of my go-to ingredients for breakfast or snacks. So versatile, they are such a pantry staple for me. As well as for making jam, they are also delicious in recipes such as my blueberry chia pudding. I like using organic ones such as the Terrasoul organic chia seeds.
A note for my low histamine readers
As those who have been following me for my low histamine recipes for a while will know, I use the SIGHI food list for histamine as a guide for all my recipes here. Somewhat frustratingly, a few ingredients are scored as a 0 on that list, but have 'controversial' written next to them.
Cherries are one such ingredient. The vast majority of my low histamine friends responded that they are OK with cherries on a poll I did on my Instagram (had to do my research!), so I have included them in recipes. Of course, be sure you are able to tolerate before making this recipe.
More sweet treats to enjoy
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 saucepan 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.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- 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.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance food compatibility list for histamineAll ingredients in this cherry chia jam recipe score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
- cherries, which score 0, but have 'controversial' in the notes.