Naturally thickened with chia seeds, this strawberry chia jam is quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious paired with peanut butter on toast!Strawberry chia jam in a jar

Strawberry season is almost here and I’m jonesing for some strawberry picking action! It seems the past couple years I’ve had the best intentions to go strawberry picking, I blink, and then June is over, and so are the strawbs. I was going to say that June might actually be calm this year but looks like we only have two weekends of the month free.

But hey, two is better than none! Maybe we actually will make it strawberry picking this year. My hope is that by writing it down here and sharing with all of you that it will happen. So hold me accountable, k?Strawberry chia jam spread on toastI’m excited for June to be around the corner though because it means we are less than 10 days away from closing on our first home! I’ve been having all the feels lately. Excited for this next chapter but sad to close the door on this one. I’ve been feeling extra sentimental this past week, noticing all the little things about this neighborhood I will miss. Like my pretty tree-studded walk home from the train. Or my 5-minute walk to the pond. We’ve started to pack and have boxes stacked upon boxes in my office right now. So it’s beginning to feel real.

I was feeling overwhelmed this weekend by it all and when trying to explain it to Steve told him that I was the little girl who threw a temper tantrum when my parents moved my bed to the other side of my room. Yeah. Once resistant to change. Always resistant to change. It’s not that I’m resistant though. I thrive on change; I’m just also sensitive to it. It’s an interesting conflict of parts, what can I say (LOL)?Textured strawberry chia jam in a glass jar

One change that I am super excited about with this move…we will have a DISHWASHER!!! It’s true, for the past 5 years, we have washed our dishes by hand in the sink. Okay, I know I am oozing privilege right now by saying this. I am lucky to have a sink and dishes to wash.

Textured strawberry chia jam with fresh strawberries

But when you develop recipes as part of a living, a girl needs a dishwasher. Who knows, maybe saving time on dishes, I’ll have time to test more recipes for the blog (yes, fully aware this may be wishful thinking but hey, a girl can dream). Either way, I’ll be whipping up batches of this jam come June and the bounty of strawberries and novel appliances that wash dishes for you.

Strawberry jam made with chia inside of a jar

Strawberry chia jam is nothing novel though. Chia jams were a THING like four years ago when I first published this recipe but I don’t see why they can’t still be a thing-ish? The chia naturally helps the fruit thicken so that you don’t have to add an ingredient that you don’t already have in your pantry like pectin, and it adds a nutritional punch of fiber, omega 3s and protein.Plus, the jam only takes about 15 minutes to cook over the stovetop so it’s super quick and easy to transform your leftover (or on their way out) strawberries into a delicious spread. This is perfection on buttered toast and with peanut butter on a classic PB&J. Get down with yo classic self.  

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Strawberry Chia Jam

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Approx 1 pint 1x


Naturally thickened with chia seeds, this strawberry chia jam is quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious paired with peanut butter on toast!


  • 1 lb strawberries, stems removed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


  1. Add strawberries and agave to a medium pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for approximately 10 minutes, or until strawberries are cooked down. Mash the strawberries with a fork or potato masher to create a sauce-like consistency. Cook down for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in chia seeds and let sit to thicken and cool, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Jam
  • Cuisine: Spread

This recipe was retested, reshot and revamped to bring you the most delicious (and most beautiful) dish! The original post was published in May 2015.

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  1. This looks so easy–I am totally doing this! My kids are going to LOVE it!

  2. I love chia jam AND strawberries so I can’t wait to try this!!! Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Emily

    I love strawberry season so much! This looks so tasty!

  4. Great looking jam, perfect for summer!

  5. This sounds so delicious and easy to make!

  6. Sara @

    Yum! I just love chia seeds and what a great way to use those yummy summer strawberries!

  7. Anel

    Hi! For about how long would you say this will hold up in the fridge for? Thank you!

  8. Mmm, I’ve made this before but it reminded me of what I should do with all my leftover frozen mango in the freezer! 🙂
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  9. So easy to make and a super delish way to get chia into your diet. So excited for your for your European trip!

  10. I keep seeing chia jams everywhere- I’ve got to try this! Just sounds too good to resist. Pinned 🙂

  11. I made my first strawberry jam last summer and was surprised by how easy it was to make. I love, love, love the addition of the chia seeds here.

  12. I love how easy this is! I enjoy making jam but it’s such a process, so this is pretty much perfect 🙂 I have some great local honey that I might sub for the agave

  13. I am obsessed with chia jam! I typically sweeten with agave or maple syrup (or let the fruit do the sweetening on it’s own!!) Thanks for reminding me to whip up another batch 🙂

  14. Betsy Ramirez

    I hope you are going somewhere fun in Europe. I am heading to England, but I do live in Europe. I love the jam! Strawberry season is just starting in Germany and it’s a big deal. Have fun!

    • Thanks, Betsy! I’m heading to Ireland, Paris, and Barcelona. I only wish I had more time to keep exploring. There’s so much more in Europe I’d like to see! Next trip 😉

  15. I haven’t made chia jam in a while and this looks amazing! Pinning 🙂