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This cranberry jam recipe is made with chia seeds instead of gelatin! It’s quick and easy to make, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Chia Cranberry Jam Recipe | Cranberry orange jam

Have you ever made chia jam? It’s so simple to make at home, and you don’t need any fancy canning equipment! The chia seeds are a natural thickener to use instead of gelatin. Chia jam isn’t shelf stable, but you can store it in your refrigerator. Because you don’t need to sterilize it for the shelf, you don’t need canning equipment: just put the ingredients together and refrigerate! Since it’s so quick and easy, we make chia jam all the time. Here’s our cranberry jam version of it! It’s got a twist of orange and it’s perfect for colder weather.

Another great recipe with fresh cranberries? Go to Cranberry Orange Bread, Cranberry Muffins, and more cranberry recipes.

How to make cranberry jam

Have you made chia jam? It’s a fascinating process: just heat up fruit with some sugar, then add chia seeds. The chia seeds bring a thick, jam-like texture without the need for gelatin like a traditional jam. It’s a natural way to make jam, incredibly easy, and has all those special chia seed nutrients (Omega 3’s and the like). This cranberry jam recipe uses frozen cranberries and a hint of orange, so it’s more of a cranberry orange jam. It stays in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, which is longer than it stays around in our household!

Cranberry Orange Chia Jam | Cranberry jam recipe

How to serve this cranberry jam recipe

This cranberry jam recipe is perfect for a cozy breakfast or brunch. We actually developed it to go with our Best Homemade Biscuits, which we developed around the holidays. Because it was Christmastime, we used cookie cutters to cut the biscuits into trees and stars. This would be the perfect option for a Christmas brunch!

You can serve this cranberry jam recipe in lots of other ways:

Cranberry jam recipe | How to make chia jam

Looking for more healthy breakfast ideas?

Outside of this cranberry jam recipe, we have dozens of vegan breakfast ideas and healthy breakfast recipes on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

This recipe is…

This chia cranberry jam recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, plant based, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Chia Cranberry Jam Recipe

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This cranberry jam recipe is made with chia seeds instead of gelatin! It’s quick and easy to make, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.


  • 1 orange
  • 10 ounces frozen cranberries
  • Scant ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Juice and zest 1 orange into a small saucepan.

Add the cranberries, maple syrup, and water. Simmer about 10 minutes until cranberries begin to break, and stir using a spoon to break them apart. Once the cranberries are broken down, add the chia seeds and cinnamon 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.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cranberry Jam Recipe, Cranberry Orange Jam, Chia Jam, Naturally Sweet, Maple Syrup, No Refined Sugar

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Oh my GOODNESS!! You two are awesome. I won’t live long enough to try all the yummyness you have on your site. This jam is wonderful!