This easy sugar-free raspberry jam is the perfect low-carb jam recipe and made with chia seeds! The superfood thickens the jam to help lower carbs while packing in some great health benefits.
After I created my first low-carb bread recipe, it wasn’t long before I started craving a fruit spread to go with it. There’s something so comforting about spreading a delicious jam over fluffy, warm bread.
I personally haven’t had much luck with any store brands of sugar-free jam. They usually contain artificial sweeteners and unhealthy fillers. So, I searched for a way to make an easy, homemade jam with quality ingredients instead!
They key is finding a way to make the fruit go a long way. Berries are relatively low-carb compared to other fruits, but you still want to be mindful of your portions. This is what led me to trying a recipe that included chia seeds.
The moment I tried this raspberry chia seed jam, I was sold. It’s so delicious! As in, “If you don’t have anything to spread it on, you can just eat it with a spoon,” delicious. It really is that good.
Ingredients Needed For Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam
There are only 4 simple ingredients in this jam. It's so easy that you'll want to make this all the time.
Since you are going to boil the raspberries, you can use either fresh or frozen ones. I love filling my freezer with frozen berries that I can use in recipes like this. They stay good for so much longer than fresh berries do.
When you boil the raspberries, they are pretty sweet, but I still felt like it needed a little more sweetener. For this jam recipe, I used Pyure All-Purpose sweetener, but you can also use Swerve.
Tip: Check out this low-carb sweetener guide I put together to find the right sweetener for you!
The chia seeds are what really make this recipe have the most amazing jam-like consistency. They also give this jam a boost of fiber so it lowers the net carbs.
Pure vanilla extract will have the most flavor. I suggest using it instead of vanilla flavoring.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Any type of chia seeds work. For my no sugar added jam, either black or white chia seeds work great!
- Store in the refrigerator. Keep this sugar-free jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month. I prefer to keep it in a mason jar with a lid.
- Spread it on low-carb bread. My favorite is bread made with pork rinds. It has almost no carbs in it at all.
How To Make Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam At Home
One of the best parts of this jam is that it only takes a few steps and about 15 minutes to make!
Simmer The Berries
Add the frozen raspberries, sweetener, and water into a small saucepan. The raspberries will release some of their liquid as they heat as well.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Add The Chia Seeds
Stir in the chia seeds, being sure to break up any clumps. Then, simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes or until it's thickened up.
Cool The Jam And Store It
Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Allow the jam to fully cool, then transfer to an airtight container and store covered in the refrigerator.
The jam should keep in the refrigerator for about a month, or you can store it in the freezer for up to a year. However, based on how tasty this low-carb jam is, I don’t think you’ll have any problem finishing it in a month!
What To Serve With Sugar-Free Jam
Jam is one of those toppings that tastes delicious on so many different things. I like to add it on top of my chaffles for breakfast or even lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chia Seed Jam
Before we get to the recipe at the bottom of this post, here are some questions people often ask about sugar-free jam:
Are chia seeds good for keto and low-carb?
One of the great things about chia seeds is that almost all the carbs are from fiber. An ounce of chia seeds has about 12 grams of carbohydrates. However, 11 of those grams are fiber meaning the carbs don’t raise your blood sugar.
So with very low net carbs, chia seeds are excellent for those on a low-carb keto diet!
Aside from being high-fiber, the seeds are also a well-known source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and calcium. Plus, these amazing seeds are packed with antioxidants and essential minerals.
If you’ve ever made chia seed pudding, you know how much these seeds expand. This makes them the perfect ingredient to bulk up this sugar-free raspberry jam and add a little extra health kick.
You can find chia seeds in black or white, and there really isn’t any difference in nutrition between the two. I used white chia seeds in this raspberry jam, but the black chia seeds would also work if that’s what you have on hand.
Generally speaking, the white seeds tend to cost a little more than the black seeds. I prefer using the white seeds in light-colored dishes like vanilla chia pudding, so the seeds don’t stand out so much.
What kinds of berries can you use?
I love raspberries, so that was my first choice for this low-carb jam. I also think the texture with the raspberries' seeds and the chia seeds go very well together.
You can feel free to mix up the fruit in the jam recipe as well. Any low-carb berry works well in the recipe - blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries would be great options. You can even use mixed berries!
How many carbs are in sugar-free raspberry chia jam?
This entire recipe yields about 28 tablespoons of sugar-free raspberry jam. Each tablespoon has 1.9 grams of carbs and 0.6 grams of fiber. So per serving, this jam has about 1.3 net carbs.
If you’ve been searching for a keto and low-carb jam, you definitely need to give this recipe a try. With no sugar added and the great health benefits of chia seeds, it’s the perfect way to add a little fruit to your day.
And best of all, it’s effortless to make, keeps for a long time, and is absolutely delicious!
Other Breakfast Recipes You May Enjoy
Looking for other easy, delicious recipes to start your day the right way? Check out a few of these keto breakfast favorites:
- Muesli Cereal For A Keto Paleo Breakfast is loaded with whole food ingredients and has no added sugar for a perfect, crunchy low-carb breakfast cereal!
- Strawberry Chia Pudding With Almond Milk has a delicious fruity flavor that’s very refreshing. It’s another tasty way to get the benefits of chia seeds.
- Coconut Low-Carb Porridge is easy to make on the stovetop or in an electric pressure cooker. It’s high fiber for a perfect hot keto cereal.
- Healthy Banana Muffins are low in sugar and high in healthy fats. These keto banana nut muffins are also dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly.
- Cranberry Orange Keto Scones use almond flour and are bursting with cranberries and a sweet orange flavor.
Sugar Free Raspberry Chia Low Carb Jam
- Add frozen raspberries, sweetener, and water into small saucepan.
- Bring raspberry mixture to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
- Stir in chia seeds and simmer for about 15 minutes or until thickened.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Allow to cool. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Notes on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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Originally published on December 06, 2014. Post updated on April 13, 2021, with resized images and additional recipe information.