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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam in Instant Pot

Healthy and delicious Blueberry Chia Seed jam made super quick in Instant pot without refined sugar or artificial sweeteners or pectin. This homemade blueberry jam has a generous amount of chia seeds in it, so you can feel the mild sweetness of blueberries and the crunch of chia seeds in every bite!

Blueberry chia jam in Mason jars.

Why to make homemade jam?

I love making Jam! My mom made different kinds of jam and we remember dunking our toast, dosas, chapathis and even Idlis in jam. My favorite was the pineapple jam and I still remember the warm and sweet flavors of homemade jam. I want to keep those memories alive and make new memories with my kids with locally available fruits. Berries are in abundance in summer, in Seattle, and we love going blueberry picking. This was last weekend’s loot and we plan to do this at least 2 more times this summer. If you ever drive up north, make sure to visit Mountain View Blueberry Farm in Snohomish, Washington.

Blueberries in a white pail.

But why make homemade jam, because we can! Because its so easy to make it with all-natural ingredients, control the amount of sweetness that goes into it and also to make it preservative-free. I don’t add any pectin, any preservatives at all and use maple syrup as my sweetener. I also add lemon juice and lemon zest for bright and popping flavors and add ton of healthy Chia seeds. This jam tastes so good on toast but also super delicious on my homemade yogurt. Its so easy!

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia Seeds are super seeds that are rich in fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They absorb 12 times their weight in water when soaked in liquid and develop a gelatinous texture which makes it a perfect medium to soak up the juices in the jam and thicken it. Omega-3s are very important and it is suggested to have any kinda Omega-3 supplements 3 times a day. This Jam covers one dose of your Omega-3s needed for the day.. so go ahead indulge in this jam!

Blueberry chia jam in Mason jars.

How to make the Blueberry Chia Jam in Instant pot?

OMG this is the easiest thing ever. Just dump all the ingredients in the Instant pot, pressure cook it, mash it and then thicken it with Chia seeds. Let’s see the steps in detail:

  • Add the rinsed and picked blueberries to the Instant pot. Add lemon juice and zest of one whole lemon and maple syrup. Give it a stir.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes in Manual/Pressure cook mode, vent in sealing position.
  • Once the timer is done, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Mash the cooked blueberries gently with a potato masher and stir in the Chia seeds. Let the jam sit in the instant pot till it cools down completely and thickens. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Making of Blueberry jam in Instant pot.

A few things to know before we make the Instant pot Blueberry Chia Jam:

Can I make this on stovetop?

Yes! This jam is so easy to make on the stovetop too. Just cook the blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice until the blueberries are completely mashed. Stir in the Chia seeds and let the jam thicken.

How to store the jam?

The jam can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. This is not a shelf stable jam, please store the jam in the refrigerator.

Can I use sugar or honey instead of maple syrup?

Absolutely! If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, feel free to use sugar or honey to sweeten the jam.
Top view of Blueberry chia jam in a Mason jar.

Can I use ground up Chia seeds?

Chia seeds are practically undetectable once they absorb the liquid and become a gel but if you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, ground up chia seeds work really well.

Can I use other berries?

Oh yes! I love using mulberries or blackberries in my jam. They have seeds which blend really well with the chia seeds, the texture of the jam is sooo good! Go ahead and do try this jam with your favorite berries!

Can I use frozen berries?

Yes! This jam works great with both frozen or fresh berries.

Yield: 1 pint Jam

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Top view of Blueberry chia jam in a Mason jar.

Super easy and healthy Blueberry jam made in Instant pot

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time in Instant pot 5 minutes
NPR and standing time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the blueberries to the Instant pot. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and maple syrup and stir it once.
  2. Pressure cook for 5 minutes in Manual/Pressure cook mode, vent in sealing position. Once the timer is done, let the pressure release naturally.
  3. Mash the cooked blueberries gently with a potato masher and stir in the Chia seeds. Let the jam sit in the instant pot till it cools down completely and thickens. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • If you don't have maple syrup on hand, feel free to use sugar or honey to sweeten the jam.
  • This jam works great with both frozen or fresh berries.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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