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Tart Cherry Chia Jam

Servings 8 (2 tbsp.)


  • 2 cups frozen tart cherries
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a small saucepan, combine tart cherries, maple syrup, and water. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Remove lid and reduce to a simmer for 10-12 minutes (or until cherries start to break apart.)
  • Remove from heat. Add chia seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • Place in a mason jar or small container. Refrigerate. (Jam will thicken as it sits.)


Other Thoughts:
  • Can't find tart cherries, or want to try another flavor jam? Substitute any other frozen fruit and follow the same directions. If it is a sweeter fruit, you may not need as much maple syrup!
  • Keep in the fridge for a few weeks in an airtight container.
  • Use as jam on toast or PB&J sandwiches. Add to yogurt or oatmeal. Eat it by the spoonful. I won't judge ya!
Athletes: Top your oatmeal cups, overnight oats, or toast with Tart Cherry Chia Jam for additional recovery benefits from both the tart cherries (antioxidants and polyphenols) + the chia seeds (omega-3, anti-inflammatory). This is basically as close to a runner's recovery superfood as you're gonna get.
Healthy Eating: We know that to stay full and satisfied between meals we need to enjoy our food AND feel satiated. Cue this Tart Cherry Chia Jam for all the flavor + the satiety inducing chia seeds. Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, which absorbs water and slows down digestion. Studies show eating more chia seeds keeps us fuller for longer.
Kids: Let your kiddos help make this jam. Scooping it into the mason jar was a fan favorite task around here. This also makes a mean almond butter and jelly sandwich. It also doubles as a pancake topper that is out of this world. So many options!!!