Berry & Rose Water Chia Jam
Cuisine: Spread
Serves: 1 - 1.5 cup jar
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used a frozen berry mix)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons honey, agave, maple syrup, or sugar, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (or can use other preferred flavourings such as ginger juice or vanilla extract)
  1. Add the fresh or frozen berries to a saucepan and set over medium heat (if using frozen berries, start with a low heat until the fruit is heated through). Cook until the berries break down and becomes syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. If your berries are large, like strawberries, you can mash the berries with the back of a spatula or a potato masher, leaving it as smooth or as lumpy as you like.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the sweetener. Taste and add more sweetener as needed, depending on how tart the berries are.
  3. Add the rose water (other other preferred flavouring), taste and adjust if needed.
  4. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine.
  5. Let the jam stand 5 minutes, until thickened. If you want it thicker, stir in more chia seeds 1 teaspoon at a time.
  6. Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a jar or other storage container. Store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. The jam will thicken further and become more set once completely chilled. The jam can also be frozen for up to 3 months; thaw in the fridge before using.
You can use any type of fruit in this jam - just prepare the fruit (i.e. peel, de-seed, etc.) and chop it into small pieces before adding to the saucepan. More lemon juice and less sweetener might be needed if the fruit is naturally sweet.
Recipe by The Kiwi Cook at