Cranberry Strawberry Chia Jam is the perfect, hearty combination of tangy and sweet. Don’t just save it for your Thanksgiving table – this cranberry jam recipe is great year round.
This post was originally published in November, 2018. Photos and text were updated in March, 2021.
Confession – I don’t cook with cranberries much. I would say I save them exclusively for the month of November, even though I know several cranberries recipes that are healthy and easy.
That’s when they are in season and when I see them in grocery stores. Then, I start thinking about healthy fresh cranberry recipes. and making these maple balsamic roasted vegetables over and over again.
It’s similar to my relationship with pumpkin puree – I should stock up in the off-season to make my pumpkin apple pie baked oatmeal, pumpkin chili and flourless pumpkin cookies, but I just don’t tend to think about it then.
But, if I’m being honest, I don’t think cranberries get enough credit. They are pretty darn good, once you get past their tartness and this cranberry jam recipe will make you a believer.
When you boil them down though (like we’re doing today!), they get a little sweeter and this homemade cranberry jam recipe comes to life.
It’s the perfect blend of cranberry jam and strawberry jam and it’s healthy and tasty.
Whether you call this a homemade cranberry jam or strawberry jam recipe, here’s what you need.
You can control the sweetness by testing out how much maple syrup or honey you’d like to add so it can be a healthy low sugar cranberry jam recipe if you want it to.
I’m going to walk you through my simple steps for this cranberry chia jam so you can make this as a snack or for your next Thanksgiving gathering. No need to buy canned cranberry sauce, just make your own chia cranberry sauce instead!
The chia seeds help thicken the sauce a little, plus they’re adding some omega 3’s (great for heart health).
It’s kinda fun to hear the cranberries popping once they heat up.
They don’t all have to pop for your sauce to be done. To be honest, I think it’s pretty tasty to have true cranberries mixed in with your strawberry chia jam sauce.
The addition of chia seeds adds so much texture goodness and nutrition to this strawberry chia seed jam recipe. It’s almost like a chia jelly.
Chia seeds are a fabulous way to add some extra fiber, Vitamin C, and heart healthy omega 3’s.
Therefore, you can use it just like you would jelly. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.
So many options to think beyond the box with this cranberry chia jam.
It just adds a whole new element to my morning oats, even this strawberry baked oatmeal. It’s extra cozy and the texture is hard to beat.
I like the clumps, but it’s a personal preference. Whether you like the clumps or not, this recipe will not disappoint.
Please share and tell me what you think if you make this.
If you’re into baking, give this Banana chia seed bread with blueberries a try. It’s a tasty twist on banana bread!
You can store in the fridge for up to a week!
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What’s your favorite way to use fresh cranberries?