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Blackberry-Ginger Chia Jam

July 12, 2013

I eat some seriously strange things. I let you in on these combinations every once and a while but for the most part I keep them to myself. But I’ve finally decided to come out with them! Judge as you may, I only post things that taste delicious even if the ingredients may seem totally crazy.

Blackberry Chia Jam
Thankfully I don’t seem to be the only one who takes risks when it comes to food combinations. Laura at Sprint 2 The Table has a link up each week with Strange But Good eats so that all us weird foodies can unite and share in our strangeness πŸ™‚ And so despite my hesitations to share this post I know I have nothing to be ashamed thanks to my new strange friends!
Blackberry Chia JamSince I’m throwing it all out there I figured I would give you the whole enchilada. The Blackberry Ginger Chia Jam might be considered fairly normal but when you put it on GF bread with chicken, blue cheese and spinach I’ve officially entered the strange-zone. No panini press? No problem! Use a waffle-maker! Thank you to Dixya for the idea. So if a Blackberry Ginger Chia Seed Chicken sandwich with chicken, blue cheese and spinach pressed in a waffle-maker doesn’t make the strange but good cut, then I don’t know what does!
Blackberry Chia Jam

You don’t need to limit your jam spreading to bread though. I finished an entire jar of this in less than a week. Into my oats, on my pancakes, straight from the spoon. It is some serious yumminess, not to mention the fact that it is entirely refined-sugar free.

This recipe is out there, but if I am willing to put aside my foodie self-consciousness and post it on the blog, it’s gotta be good. Trust me on this one….you can thank me later πŸ™‚


Blackberry-Ginger Chia Seed Jam

  • Author: The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 2 T chia seeds


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add coconut palm sugar and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in dried ginger.
  3. Pour HALF of coconut palm suga-ginger water into a blender and blend with blackberries until smooth.
  4. Add chia seeds to the mix and stir until well blended.
  5. Place in a jar or sealed container in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  6. Will keep in fridge for up to a week.
What is your favourite weird food combination? Do you tell people about your strange but good eats or keep them to yourself?


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  • Reply
    September 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I made a double batch of this last night in a desperate bid to use up some blackberries I’d acquired on sale. I normally avoid any recipes that involve the blender or food processor (too much work for me at this point), but this intrigued me and looked like relatively little work. I’ve tasted a bit, though not enough to make a judgment. Is the other half of the water discarded? If so, why is so much made to begin with? Also, does this gel up like chia pudding? Mine hasn’t yet even though it’s sat in the fridge overnight. I guess I was expecting more of a jelly-like consistency with the amount of chia put in there. Other than the sandwich listed here, what do you suggest putting the jam on? I have a lot to use up in a short period of time and am feeling a little adventurous. I do have some on my peanut butter sandwich that’s waiting for me in the fridge…

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    August 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    OMG that looks amazing!!! What a good idea using the waffle maker as a panini press!!!

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    July 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Yum. It looks so sticky and sweet.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      So good! and no refined sugar! I have been eating this non stop over the past week.

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    July 15, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I am so happy you linked this up! I put ginger in all of my fruity smoothies – it’s the perfect flavor combo. I looooove your idea to make it a jam for a typically savory sandwich. I can’t wait to try this. πŸ™‚

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      I love the idea of adding ginger to my smoothies!!! Brilliant! I am a total ginger addict. Since i’m putting all my weird habits out there, sometimes I actually just chew on ginger!

      Thanks for hosting us Laura πŸ™‚

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    July 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I’ve never made my own jam, but who says I can’t start now? This recipe sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Plus it’s way easier than making actual jam! The chia seeds gives it the jelly texture but without all the fuss that normally goes into these recipes (not to mention the pectin and sugar!!)

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    July 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Hey girl! This jam looks delish and pretty easy to make!!!
    Do you think it would work with raspberries too? Cheers! Tara

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Totally! Any berry would work. Let me know if you end up making it! Thanks for stopping by Tara πŸ™‚

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    July 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t find this weird at all! In my prevegan days I used to make grilled cheese sandwiches with jam or mango chutney! Actually I have done that since going vegan with Daiya πŸ˜‰

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

      That sounds delish! I am trying to get myself to like Daiya since my body hates dairy and I am slowly getting there. Love the idea of adding chutney to grilled cheese!

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    Kathryn Landel
    July 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Oh yum! I’ve never made my own jam but clearly I need to learn to be more adventerous because this is a great idea! Thanks for the recipe

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      It’s so easy to make! Never going back to my old jam recipes. Glad you enjoy πŸ™‚

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    Em Kathryn
    July 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What a fun jam! πŸ™‚ I sometimes share my food combos, but depends on who I’m around haha. My husband definitely knows them!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Oh yes my boyfriend absolutely sees them! I think he actually enjoys some of them now πŸ™‚ I guess now that I’ve put it all out there, there will be more weird recipes to come!

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    July 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Hey, nothing weird about combining sweet and savory flavors into one meal. That’s my favorite kind of combo, actually πŸ™‚

    Do you think using stevia in place of the coconut sugar would still work, or would that affect the final texture? I keep stevia in my cupboard regularly but rarely buy actual sugar–would be nice to just use what I have, if possible.


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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Glad you’re in the same boat! I think pressing it in the waffle-maker may have been the weirdest part!

      I’ve never tried making it with stevia. I could imagine if you halved the water and used the equivalent stevia to 1/2 cup of sugar the results would be similar? Not entirely sure though. Let me know if you have any luck!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    July 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Listen, anything made with blackberries is delicious. The weirdest thing about my food preferences is that I’m ridiculously picky. I am usually embarrassed to share that but now I’m SPILLING MY GUTS, Internet. Haha. Plus my boss (who’s 30 years older than me), makes fun of me for capitalizing the word “Internet”…what can I say? Child of the 90’s.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      I didn’t even realize that some people don’t capitalize Internet! Don’t be embarrassed about being picky! Trust me, when you can’t eat gluten, dairy (most of the time) and try to eat healthy you can some interesting looks. I think I’ve gotten used to them though. I guess spilling your guts on the internet definitely does help you get over the embarrassment eh?

      You really can’t go wrong with blackberries πŸ™‚ Hence why everything I’ve eaten this week has been topped with this jam recipe LOL. Thanks for stopping by Amy!!

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    Frances Stiles
    July 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This sounds delicious! Is there something you can substitute for the coconut palm sugar? Have a great day!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Regular sugar or brown sugar. You can try stevia, honey or maple syrup but I can’t vouch for the results. Let me know if you have any luck with a substitute! Thanks πŸ™‚

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