The Easiest Berry Jam Ever

If you’re like me in these self-isolating times, you’re probably getting creative in the kitchen. I’ve been making a ton of baked oatmeals – including a PB&J one using this new jam I made!

I’m also trying to simplify my nutrition, so making things at home instead of buying from the grocery store makes more sense – especially when it can be hard to find items you normally buy. So I looked up some recipes and started making my own jam. And I can’t even explain how easy it is!

Basically, pick the berry you want to make jam from. I’ve tried cherries, raspberries, and peaches. So far, the berries have worked the best, and I look forward to trying blueberry and strawberry – and probably a combo of any of these together! The peaches – eh. Those would have needed more cooking time and I got impatient. I’ll maybe report back later if I try again.

Until then, let’s make some berry jam!

jar of cherry jam

It only takes a few minutes on the stove to thaw (even fewer minutes if you use fresh, but I’ve always opted for frozen). Then you mash the berries up, add chia seeds or ground flax, stir in your sweetener of choice if you so choose, and voila! After a few minutes of further cooking, you have some jam!

One of my favorite ways to use this is on these homemade bagels! Check back soon for the recipe for these. 🙂 But it can be used in oatmeal, on toast, and even as a nice cream topping. Just let it cool for a little bit no matter how you want to use it, and store it in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge. It’ll thicken a little more in there too, which is awesome. YUM!

homemade buckwheat bagel with peanut butter and cherry jam spread on it

Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below, rate it, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard or #fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. And don’t forget to cultivate some positivity and gratitude today. Tell me in the comments what you’re grateful for if you’d like. Vibe high, my friends!

Easy Berry Jam
Cook Time
15 mins
Cool Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A delicious berry jam you can throw together in minutes for toast, bagels, oatmeal, nice cream, and more!

Course: Dip
Cuisine: Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: Berries, Breakfast, Jam, Jelly
What you'll need:
  • 2 cups berries of choice (fresh or frozen - frozen requires a little more cook time in step 1)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds and/or ground flax (I use a combo of both)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (a small squeeze of fresh works too)
  • (optional) 1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice (I've used maple syrup and coconut sugar)
What you'll do:
  1. Add frozen berries to pit over medium heat. Let thaw and release water for about 5-10 minutes. Then mash with fork or potato masher.

  2. Add chia/flax and sweetener. Stir to combine. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and let set for 5-10 minutes. Then store in airtight container in the fridge for about a week. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Inspired by Running On Real Food.