Tart Cherry Chai Chia Jam


Total Time: 20 Minutes
Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Yield: 1 Cup
Level: Beginner


  • 10 ounces frozen Montmorency tart cherries (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds


In a small skillet, add the tart cherries, lemon juice, maple, spices, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water.

Simmer about 10 minutes over medium heat until cherries begin to break down, stirring occasionally and using the back of a spoon to break them apart.

Once the cherries are broken down, add 2 tablespoons chia seeds and stir until combined. Turn off heat and wait for the jam to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a canning jar and refrigerate; the texture will set even further when chilled. Keeps refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Recipe courtesy of Sonja Overhiser, ACoupleCooks.com