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This Apple Chia Jam is the perfect spread to enjoy with toast, oats, yogurt and more! Made with just 5 healthy ingredients and it’s incredibly easy to make.

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Continuing along with #OKappleweek on the blog, today I’m sharing a recipe for Apple Chia Jam! If you’ve ever made chia jam with berries before, you know how incredibly easy it is. Not only is this apple jam a great way of using up extra apples, but it’s also a delicious jam to add to your favourite sweet breakfasts! You can also use it in baking, like for these Apple Crumble Bars.

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Ingredients in Apple Chia Jam

When you look at the back of store bought jams most of them contain over 15 ingredients including a lot of chemicals and preservatives BUT this apple jam is made with just 5 whole some ingredients!

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How to Make Apple Chia Jam

The process of making Apple Chia Jam is very similar to your traditional berry jam except it takes a wee bit more time, around 25 minutes in total.

  1. PREP THE APPLES: Fill a large bowl with water halfway and mix in salt. Peel the apples and then place them into the salty water for 5 minutes. Reserve the apple skin. 
  2. CHOP APPLES: Core and chop apples into 1 cm sized pieces cubes. 
  3. COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS: Add the apples, apple skin, fresh apple juice, chia seeds, lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon (if using) into a medium pot and bring to a low boil. 
  4. COOK: Simmer the jam 18-20 minutes over medium low until the apples are very tender and all the liquid has evaporated. Stir every 5 minutes with a wooden spoon. Remove the apple skins at around 10-15 minutes or when the apple skin has become dull. 
  5. MASH: Using the back of a wooden spoon, mash 50-60% of the apples until desired consistency. 
  6. STORE: Immediately transfer the jam into a well sterilized jar and close securely with a lid. Allow the jam to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate.
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What to Serve Apple Chia Jam With

There are so many ways to serve this apple jam! Use it as you would regular jam- here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy it:

  • Toast with cinnamon sugar
  • Over oatmeal or overnight oats
  • Topped on waffles or pancakes
  • Mixed in with dairy free yogurt
  • Over some vanilla dairy free ice cream (THIS! is a must try)
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Best Apples to Use to Make Jam

It all comes down to preference but I think any apples that are on the sweeter side are best. Firmer fleshed apples (like Pink Lady, Gala or Fuji) will create a more chunk-y jam (like in the photos). However, if you prefer a more mashed up jam like your traditional chia seed berry jams, opt to use apples that break down more easily like Cortlands or Golden Delicious.

How to Store Apple Chia Jam

While the jam is simmering, I like to prep my storing jars by simmering the lid and jar in a pot for 12 minutes over medium low heat. Then using clean tongs, carefully place it onto a clean wire rack. Add the jam into the storing jar packed tightly while it’s still hot and close the lid immediately.

Helpful Tools

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I hope you try out this Apple Chia Jam recipe and enjoy it as much as I do! It’s a great way to use up apples if you have too many in your pantry.

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Apple Chia Jam


  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cup 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 medium apples (I used 3 Gala Apples // 2 cups chopped // 600g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup fresh apple juice OR water (187ml)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl with water halfway and mix in salt. Peel the apples and then place them into the salty water for 5 minutes. Reserve the apple skin. 
  2. Core and chop apples into 1 cm sized pieces cubes. 
  3. Add the apples, apple skin, fresh apple juice, chia seeds, lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon (if using) into a medium pot and bring to a low boil. 
  4. Simmer the jam 18-20 minutes over medium low until the apples are very tender and all the liquid has evaporated. Stir every 5 minutes with a wooden spoon. If the liquid has evaporated very quickly and the apples are not yet tender, add in 1-3 tbsp more apple juice or water. Remove the apple skins at around 10-15 minutes or when the apple skin has become dull. 
  5. Using the back of a wooden spoon, mash 50-60% of the apples until desired consistency. 
  6. Immediately transfer the jam into a well sterilized jar and close securely with a lid. Allow the jam to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate.

Notes

  • *If using water, increase maple syrup to 2-3 tbsp. 
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: North American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 recipe
  • Calories: 500
  • Sugar: 94.7g
  • Sodium: 15.3mg
  • Fat: 4.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 122.3g
  • Fiber: 18g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: chia jam, apple jam, chia seeds

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.


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