Weekend Project: Easy Summer Jam with Chia Seeds | Vegan, Pectin-Free, Refined Sugar-Free

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 jars

A simple recipe to make your own jam with your local fruits! Made with stone fruits, organic berries and chia seeds. No refined sugar, no pectin.


  • 1/2 pint organic or wild raspberries washed, dried
  • 1/2 pint organic or wild blackberries washed, dried
  • 1 pint organic or wild blueberries washed, dried
  • 4 plums peeled, stone removed, sliced
  • 3 organic peaches (large) peeled, core removed, sliced
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 lemon juiced


  1. Put all the fruits and berries into a large pot, on medium-low heat. Mix, and cover. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring once in a while.
  2. With a potato masher, carefully mash all the fruits and berries as much as you can.
  3. Add the maple syrup, stir, cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chia seeds, stir, lower the temperature to low, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the lemon juice, stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, get 6 or 7 x 250 ml pre-cleaned mason jars ready. Bring a very large pot of water (and the jars and lids in it) to a boil, let it boil for 8-10 minutes.
  8. When the jam mixture is ready, carefully but quickly remove the hot jars and lids from the boiling water, reduce the temperature to medium heat. If you do not have special tongs for canning, use regular cooking tongs and a perforated spatula to do the job.
  9. BE CAREFUL, it’ll be really hot!!! You want to remove the jars empty (leave the hot water in the pot). Then using a small ladle, fill up the mason jars, but not all the way to the top, you want to leave a bit of room (about ½"). Then place the lids on top and tighten as much as you can without forcing too much.
  10. Put the jars back in the boiling water (you may need to remove some water). Make sure you have water covering all jars, by at least 1" or so of water.
  11. Increase the temperature to high and bring to a boil.
  12. Keep boiling for 10 minutes.
  13. Then, carefully remove the jars from the water and wait to hear a little “pop” from each jar (it might take 10 minutes or so). That sound means that it’s sealed and air-tight, ready to cool down for several hours and be stored away for later use!
  14. You can tighten the lid, every so often, as it cools down.
  15. That's it! Enjoy these little jars for many months to come!

Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 219kcal | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 489mg | Carbohydrates: 48g | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 33g | Protein: 3g | Vitamin A: 535% | Vitamin C: 45% | Calcium: 102% | Iron: 1.7%