Don’t know what to do with your peaches? Searching for a healthy peach recipe? Search no further! This easy peach chia jam ticks all those boxes and more!
Move over Berry Cherry Chia Seed Jam there’s a new favourite in town! If you remember well I did say there would be more chia seed jams in the making. Well I am a woman of my word. It’s amazing what wonderful things can happen when you eat in season!
Peach Chia Seed Jam
Eating in season forces you to branch out and explore new foods that you would just otherwise bypass. I absolutely love berries, I could eat them all year round but I will be the first to admit that the strawberries I can buy in September don’t come anywhere close in flavour to ‘in season’ strawberries.
My lovely neighbour gifted me with about 1 kilo of peaches last week and I knew I had to find a way to preserve them. There was no way we would be able to eat them all before they went bad.
I decided on a peach chia seed jam and with the addition of homemade pumpkin spice mix I was blown away. And so will you!
The Main Ingredients
The main ingredient is of course peaches then we have chia seeds, honey as the sweetener and optional but highly recommended vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
- Yellow Peaches
- White Peaches
- Donut Peaches
Peaches vs nectarines
Just in case you have a hard time telling peaches and nectarines apart, because at first glance they really do look alike, here’s a tip for ya …
The main difference between peaches and nectarines is that peaches have a fuzzy skin while nectarines do not. Nectarines look more like an apple on the outside. The skin is edible either way and quite delicious.
Fun fact : Nectarines are a type of peach!
Local raw honey is best but use whatever you have on hand in a pinch.
I used black chia seeds because it’s all I can find locally but I’m sure white chia seeds would work as well.
Start off by peeling and chopping your peaches. Then heat them in a small saucepan on until they soften. Place the softened fruit into a glass jar blender pulse for a few times, you only want to break them mixture up a bit not completely liquify, the add honey and pulse again. Return the mixture to the saucepan and stir in the chia seeds, vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
Can I can chia seed jam?
Your peach chia seed jam will last for at least one week in the fridge. It is not self stable and I would not recommend trying to can chia seed jam. According to TheSpruceEats– ‘Most fruits are naturally high in acid, which is why they are safe to can on their own and in a jam. However, chia is a low-acid ingredient, and so by adding it, you are raising the pH level, potentially creating unsafe conditions.’
A workaround to canning chia seed jam is to actually make a large batch of just the pureed fruit and freeze it in batches. That way all you need to do is add the remaining ingredients later.
This peach chia jam is definitely a keeper! Please give it a try and let me know what you think in the comment section below.
The original post has been updated with new photos and additional instructions on July 28th 2021
Peach Chia Seed Jam
- 7 large peaches peeled and roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
- Heat peaches in a small saucepan on low heat until softened.
- Place fruit in a blender and add the honey. Pulse mixture a few times.
- Return fruit mixture to the saucepan and add chia seeds.
- Stir in vanilla extract and spices.
- Pour into airtight glass container.
- Allow to cool while mixture thickens.