Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

This strawberry rhubarb chia seed jam is an easy, naturally sweetened jam that is made with only 6 ingredients: strawberries, rhubarb, ginger, maple syrup and orange juice!

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - an easy, paleo-friendly jam!

 This is an updated version of the recipe that was first published here in May 2015.

One of my favorite spring ingredients is rhubarb. On its own, the faint tart flavor of rhubarb is rather unremarkable. But throw rhubarb into a dessert, and it will add a lovely brightness to the dish. For whatever reason, in the U.S., rhubarb is most commonly paired with strawberries. In the U.K., I’ve noticed, it’s rhubarb and ginger. I suddenly realized this when I watched an episode of the Great British Bake Off, where nearly 4 contestants were making something with rhubarb and ginger.

Well, I decided to meld together the best of both worlds by adding strawberries, rhubarb and ginger into this jam. I like making chia seed jams because the chia seeds act as a natural thickener. You won’t need to use as much sugar to thicken the jam!

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - an easy, paleo-friendly jam!

MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES

  • Stir frequently: Once the jam starts boiling, you’ll want to stir the fruit every few minutes to prevent it from burning. I got sucked into checking e-mails while cooking the jam and nearly burned a batch!
  • Size of the fruit: I like chunks of fruit in my jam, so I kept them pretty big. Feel free to dice the strawberries and rhubarb into small pieces if you want a smoother jam. Because I used minced ginger, I occasionally get small bits of ginger in my jam, which I like. If you don’t like bits of ginger, grate the ginger instead.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - an easy, paleo-friendly jam!

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Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - an easy, paleo-friendly jam!

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340g) strawberries
  • 6 ounces (170g) rhubarb
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Rinse and hull the strawberries. Chop the strawberries into smaller pieces. For smaller strawberries, slice them in half. For larger strawberries, slice them into quarters or eighths. Rinse the rhubarb and slice them to 1/2-inch slices.
  2. Place the chopped strawberries, rhubarb, ginger, orange juice, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, until it reaches a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium low and let the fruit simmer until it breaks down, another 10 to 15 minutes. I cooked it for 15 minutes. Stir the jam occasionally to keep it from burning at the bottom. If there are still large chunks of fruit after 15 minutes, use the back of a wooden spoon or a fork to break down the fruit.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the chia seeds and let everything simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the jam sit for 10 minutes. The chia seeds will expand as the jam cools, which thickens the jam. When you scoop some of the chia seed jam with a spoon, it should slide down the spoon very slowly. If your jam is still thin, add another half tablespoon of chia seeds and let the jam sit for another 10 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate the jam in a jar for up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Makes 24 Servings (2 tablespoons per serving). Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24, Total Fat 0.3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 1.2mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 5.4g, Dietary Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 4.1g, Protein 0.3g

If you don’t want ginger bits in your jam, add 1 tablespoon grated ginger instead of minced ginger.

 

Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - a delicious naturally sweetened jam with NO refined sugars! by @healthynibs
Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam - a delicious naturally sweetened jam with NO refined sugars! by @healthynibs

65 thoughts on “Strawberry and Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

    1. Lisa Post author

      It’s super easy, Taylor! And with your new strawberry huller, you’ll get this done in now time! 😉

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, girl! That goat cheese was totally a last minute addition, and I was surprised how well it went together!

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  1. Starla B

    That looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t been that creative yet with chia seeds. I do love chia seeds in my juice and smoothies, also in my acai bowls!

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  2. Farrah

    I won a giveaway for this from another blog a couple months ago, but never got the package, so I still haven’t had a chance to try it out! :O I love chia seeds! :] I usually use em’ to make “pudding” or to throw into my smoothies! :]

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  3. Annette

    I’ve had chia seeds only one way and that was in the Mamma Chia squeeze packs. I loved them and really want to start using them.

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  4. Julia

    I’m a total yogi poser too…I haven’t even done yoga in a long time, and I still wear my little yoga outfits around like I own downward dog, ha!

    Helloooooo delicious jam! I’ve been meaning to make a healthy chia jam for sooooo long and I LOVE this strawberry rhubarb idea! I still haven’t tried Mama Chia’s drinks, but I love how healthful and tasty the sound – must action this soon!

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Haha, glad I’m not the only yogi poser. I also go to coffee shops in my yoga clothes, and people always ask me if I’m about to do some yoga. I never know what to say, but maybe some day, I should just respond with a “No, I’m just a poser.”

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  5. Linda @ Veganosity

    Hahaha-I’m imagining your expression when you took that first drink of water with chia seeds. 🙂

    I’ve never made my own jam but you made it look easy. I’m definitely going to try making this soon.

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Haha, I definitely had a sour face going on! You should definitely try it. It’s super delicious and less sweet than the jams I buy at the supermarket!

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Ashley! Adding rhubarb would be a berry nice addition! (Okay, maybe that berry pun didn’t work quite so well that time.)

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  6. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Yoga pants and green smoothies is where it’s at! But, I’ve not ever tried chia jam before! I’ve always used fruit pectin to thicken jam…. but this is a must try! Love how it’s sweetened with maple syrup and OJ! Thank you for sharing Lisa!

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Chia jam is definitely worth making! Maybe you should stop by the local farm again and pick up some strawberries and rhubarb (if they have it)!

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  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Lisa, I LOVE that you made strawberry rhubarb chia seed jam!!! it’s gorgeous! and haha loved your story about the first time trying chia seeds . . I’ve heard of Mamma Chia and think I’ve seen them at Target! I’ve got to try!!!

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes, get it at Target! I think I’ve seen more flavors at my local target than anywhere else!

      Reply
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