This sugar-free keto recipe for homemade jam with fresh blueberries is naturally thickened with chia seeds, no pectin needed. Looks and tastes just like regular blueberry jam.
Jam vs. Jelly
Jam and jelly differ in how much of the original fruit is used to make them, resulting in a different consistency. Jam is a thick spread made from crushed fruit and its juices, whereas jelly has a smooth texture made from only fruit juice by straining out the solids.
Use Chia Seeds, Not Pectin or Sugar
Jam is traditionally thickened with pectin and sugar, which combine together with fruit acid to form a gel. This recipe eliminates the need for either by using chia seeds, which act as a thickener by swelling up to absorb liquid.
Other Jam Flavors
You can replace the blueberries with other low carb and keto friendly fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. These fruit differ in their natural sweetness and how long it takes to break them down, so you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Blueberry Chia Jam
- In a saucepan (I use a 7-inch stainless steel one), add blueberries and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Boil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and using a utensil to burst most of the blueberries.
- Stir in chia seeds. Continue boiling until the mixture looks thick and jam-like, about 2 minutes, stirring nearly constantly.
- Turn off the heat. When cool enough, taste the jam. I don’t add a sweetener, but if you prefer a sweeter jam, add a sweetener to taste. The jam can be used right away, or poured into a glass container for storage.
|Makes 6 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp):|
|Total Fat 0g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Net Carb 3.5g|
|Total Carb 4.5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|