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0 hours 25 mins

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6 Cups fresh raspberries

½ Cup Swerve or Lankato Monk fruit Sugar substitute

Pinch of salt

⅓ cup chia seeds

½ Cup of water


1. In a large sauce pot or dutch oven, combine half of the berries, water and sugar substitute. Bring just to boiling, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Lightly mash berry mixture with a potato masher or fork. Stir in the remaining berries, the salt and the chia seeds. Bring just to boiling and then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

3. Ladle jam into half-pint jars or freezer containers, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Jars can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If you put the jam in freezer containers, the jam will last up to a year.

NOTES:  This is by far the easiest sugar-free raspberry jam I’ve ever made.  I love making this in the summer when the berries are ripe and delicious.  I’ll make small batches of this and put it in small jars as gifts for friends and neighbors.  They always love it.

Are you wondering about the chia seeds in this recipe?  Well, chia seeds plump up when wet and will help thicken the jam.  They are really good for you too so it gives the berries a little nutritional boost.  Want to know more about chia seeds?  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about this powerhouse seed.

  1. What are chia seeds? Chia seeds are small, black or white seeds derived from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is native to Mexico. They are packed with nutrients and considered a superfood due to their numerous health benefits.

  2. What are the health benefits of chia seeds? Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and various essential minerals. They can help improve digestion, promote heart health, manage blood sugar levels, and support weight loss. 

  3. How do I incorporate chia seeds into my diet? Chia seeds, in my opinion, have no real taste.  I personally add them on salads, mix them in with my everything bagel seasoning, and add it to yogurt and smoothies when I make them.  I’ve also added them to stews and my easy healthy turkey chili and my healthy coleslaw

  4. Can I eat chia seeds dry or should I soak them first? Chia seeds can be eaten dry, but soaking them in water or another liquid for a few minutes forms a gel-like consistency, making them easier to digest and releasing more nutrients. In this recipe, you are adding them to wet ingredients so you are getting all those nutrients.

  5. Are chia seeds suitable for individuals with specific dietary restrictions? Chia seeds are naturally gluten-free and can be a valuable addition to gluten-free diets. They are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, serving as an alternative to animal-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  And that’s why I like to add them to many of my recipes and meal.  Since there is little to no taste, I treat chia seeds like a condiment.

  6. Where can I buy chia seeds? I can get chia seeds right at my grocery store now.  I find them in the same aisle as flour and sugar.  I use to find it in the produce department so ask at your store.  You can also get them at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Sprouts.

Making the jam is simply adding all the ingredients to a pot and cooking it down.  I’ll mash the berries to get that jam like consistency.  Then, just let it cool.  It will thicken as it cools.  Then, ladle into half-pint canning jars and refrigerate or give as gifts.  So simple.  If you like this recipe, be sure to try some of my other favorite fruit jams and sauces:

Apricot Jam and Sauce

Cranberry Cherry Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Plum Hoisin Sauce

Mango Vinegar