Rhubarb Orange Chia Jam

Rhubarb Chia Jam 3

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I am certainly not the first person on earth to make a batch of chia jam, but boy, whoever dreamed up the idea is a genius.

Chia seeds are loaded with fibre, protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s, calcium, iron, magnesium and antioxidants, and they swell up beautifully in liquid to create the perfect spreadable jam. You’ll get a little crunch from them, but the texture is similar to the seeds you’ll find in other preserves.

You can use any fruit you like in here, though I recommend you take advantage of rhubarb while it’s in season. It’s deliciously tangy, high in Vitamin C, and helps with detoxification and blood circulation.

I’ll warn you now: this jam is not sweet. Like my lemon lover’s smoothie, it’s bursting with tartness. So pucker up, baby.

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Rhubarb Orange Chia Jam
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free, grain-free, five ingredients or less
Recipe type: Spread
Serves: 6
  • 2 large stalks rhubarb (about ½ pound)
  • 1 Valencia orange
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp chia seeds
  1. Chop up the rhubarb and throw it in a pot with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a low simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, until the rhubarb has broken down.
  2. Put the rhubarb into a blender, along with the zest and juice of the orange and the maple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the jam into a bowl and add two tablespoons of chia seeds. Put the jam in the fridge to thicken for a couple of hours. If it's not thick enough for your liking, add another tablespoon of chia.
  4. Makes about 1½ cups.


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5 Responses to Rhubarb Orange Chia Jam

  1. Hilary Lediingham May 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Sondi
    I am so looking forward to trying this. One question, how long do you think it will keep?

  2. Hilary Ledingham May 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Sondi
    I am so looking forward to giving this a try. One question. How long do you think it will keep?

    • Sondi May 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Hilary! I think it would be okay for a week or so in the fridge. I imagine this would freeze well, too.

      • Hilary Ledingham May 30, 2014 at 3:01 am #

        Thanks sondi.
        Do you think ground chia seeds would work just as well?

        • Sondi May 30, 2014 at 8:17 am #

          I’ve never tried it, Hilary, but I imagine ground chia would thicken things up in the same way. You just wouldn’t get the ‘seedy’ look of traditional jams.