Homemade keto strawberry chia jam is low carb, low sugar, holy-moly good and really easy to make.
In this keto strawberry jam recipe, I’ll show you how to prep your berries for making the best tasting jam (wether you’re using strawberries or any other berry), how to cook it on your stovetop and how to store your jam so it’s safe to eat for weeks (or longer if frozen).
How to Prep the Berries for The Best Keto Jam
To make high quality keto strawberry jam every time, I make sure to always follow these steps:
- Discard any softened or rotten berries. You don’t want to add any rotten or partially rotten berries to your jam because it could affect the shelf life of the entire batch of jam.
- Trim off any leaves or stems. If your berries are freshly picked and still have stems or leaves, make sure to trim these off.
- Rinse the berries in room temperature water. Simply running your berries through running water will do. Do not use hot water.
- Dry the berries thoroughly in a strainer. Gently wipe off any excess moisture with a paper towel.
It all boils down to good quality berries picked at the right stage!
How to Make Low Sugar Strawberry Jam
Strawberry jam recipes usually contain copious amounts of sugar, which, as a keto-dieter, is not recommended. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make delicious keto-friendly jam using low-sugar sweeteners.
- Stevia – Like some artificial sweeteners, Stevia contains zero calories but it is considered a natural sugar substitute because it is derived from the leaves of a plant. It has a slight licorice aftertaste to it.
- Erythritol – Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is made from fermented corn. It has a negligible amount of calories and does not raise blood sugar. Available in granulated form, it is a popular alternative to real sugar in baking recipes.
- Monk Fruit – Monk fruit is processed by separating the mogrosides from its fresh juice, which is why it is considered a low-calorie sweetener. The mogrosides are where it gets its intense sweetness, making it a good option for low-sugar sweeteners.
How to Store Keto Strawberry Jam and Be Safe?
We all want our strawberry jam to last as long as possible. I love storing them to share with friends and family later on, too. For those who want to know the best way to store your strawberry jam, here are my tips:
- Store your keto strawberry jam in a glass jar for 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Otherwise, you can freeze the rest in a plastic container and take it out when you’re ready to eat.
- Be sure not to freeze your jam in a glass container as it could shatter. Use a plastic container or freezer-safe bag instead.
- Split big batches into a handful of portions. This is a great way to process a huge batch of strawberries that would have otherwise spoiled. Do not freeze and thaw a huge batch then refreeze.
Homemade Keto Chia Jam Alternatives (The Best Berries, Fruits and Flavor Alternatives)
Once you’ve tried this recipe, you can easily swap out the strawberries for other fruits. My favorites for making chia jam are:
- Blackberry – Blackberries have a low net carb per 100 grams thanks to its fiber content, which is why it’s another favorite of mine for making chia jam. Simply substitute the 1 pound of strawberries in the recipe with 1 pound of blackberries.
- Three Berry Blend – I love strawberry jam on its own, but you can imagine how good it would be in a berry blend of sorts. I like to use mostly strawberries since it contains the least amount of sugar per 100 grams. Try this mix of ½ lb. strawberries, ¼ lb. raspberries, ⅛ lb. blackberries and ⅛ lb. blueberries.
- Strawberry Lime – On one occasion, I accidentally used 1 tsp. of lime juice instead of lemon juice and I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor combination. I ended up adding a bit of lime zest as well to highlight the lime flavor even more!
- Vanilla Raspberry – Another favorite of mine for chia jam is vanilla raspberry. For every 1 lb of fruit, I add 1 vanilla bean to the pot along with the water, sweetener and lemon juice.
Is Chia Jam Keto-Friendly or Too High in Carbs?
The carbohydrate content depends on the type of fruit you use in your chia jam, but for the most chia jam flavors, the net carb content per serving is low and would fall under these ranges:
Per tablespoon (15g) of chia jam:
- 1-5-2.5 grams of carbohydrate
- 0.75-1.75 grams of dietary fiber
- 0.25-1.0 gram of sugar
Even if you end up eating more than 1 tablespoon like I always do, the carb content is still very low and well within keto limits.
Instant Homemade Keto Strawberry Jam (Quick and Easy)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 16 1x
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, diced
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp ground chia seeds
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp granulated Stevia or other low carb sweetener of choice
- Add the strawberries, lemon juice, water and sweetener to a pot.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Reduce the heat.
- Stir in the ground chia and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the jam has thickened.
- Transfer the jam into a clean jar, cover and refrigerate.
What to Make With This Low Carb Strawberry Chia Jam
P.S. Strawberry jam not your thing? Try these low carb keto jams instead: