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Easy Cranberry Chia Seed Jam

Easy, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, pectin-free jam that is perfect for your morning toast! Chia seeds add a great thickness, plus they are full of good nutrients!! Maple syrup and a tiny bit of honey add just the right amount of sweetness to offset the tartness from the cranberries.
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Holidays
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  • 2 Cups Fresh Whole Cranberries - Most small packages come in 8 ounce sizes which is equal to 2 cups full
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice - Optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds


  • In a small saucepan on the stove, mix together the fresh cranberries, water, and maple syrup over medium heat until it starts to boil. Stir consistently for about 5-7 minutes until all of the berries "pop" and split open. If any berries are still not opened, squish them with a fork against the side of the saucepan.
  • Add in orange juice and honey and stir together.
  • Add in the 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and mix until they're all well-incorporated in the berry mixture. Let this sit for about 10 minutes until it thickens up. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight jar. This will stay good for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator, but it so good that it definitely won't last that long!