Fresh strawberries, monk fruit sweetener, lemon juice and chia seeds come together to create the easiest keto jam recipe! Five simple ingredients are all you need to make your own jam that's not only keto diet friendly, but also sugar-free, low-carb and gluten-free.
This keto strawberry jam recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and slightly tart. There's no pectin required since it's technically a sugar-free chia seed jam.
Just a few ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time will give you a simple, homemade jam that you'll find so many uses for!
why this keto jam recipe works
This sugar-free strawberry jam recipe with monk fruit is one of my favorite things to whip up in big batches. Compared to regular jam, it has much fewer net carbs and sugar since monk fruit sweetener is low glycemic.
While you can easily find sugar-free jams at the store these days, many of them contain unhealthy artificial sweeteners that can increase blood sugar levels. So here's a quick reminder that even though the nutritional label may say there is no added sugar, always make sure to check the ingredients to see what other types of artificial sweeteners the jam (or sugar-free jelly) might contain.
I love this simple recipe because:
- it only requires 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make at home!
- it's sweetened with a monk fruit erythritol blend that keeps it low glycemic
- this keto jam recipe makes a yummy, thick jam with fresh or frozen berries
To make the EASIEST (and it really is) sugar-free jam, you'll need your choice of berries, chia seed, and a keto-friendly sweetener.
Traditional jam usually calls for pectin since it creates that jel-like consistency. But for this low sugar jam recipe, we're going to use chia seeds as our thickener. They absorb fluid and expand, which means they're the perfect pectin substitute. Plus, they're packed with omega-3, fiber, and antioxidants. 🙂 (You might also love this low-carb strawberry rhubarb chia jam, too!)
Chia makes an easy and nutritious thickener that doesn't change the overall taste of this delicious jam.
Here's what you'll need:
- strawberries (or raspberries or a mix of both), fresh or frozen
- lemon juice
- monkfruit/erythritol sweetener blend (like Lakanto)
- chia seeds
the easiest keto jam recipe
This sugar-free jam recipe is so simple and tasty, and a healthy option for anyone on a keto or low-glycemic diet.
I like to use fresh strawberries but the great thing about this recipe is that you can sub in berries of choice!
Raspberries, strawberries and chia seeds are also very nutrient-dense, so this delicious low carb jam is an easy way to get some extra fruit in your diet (and chia!), without all the added sugars that you find in most store-bought jams.
Here's a quick summary of the steps to make sugar-free raspberry jam or strawberry jam. For the full recipe, along with the ingredient list and recipe notes, view the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Chop the fresh strawberries into smaller pieces. If using frozen berries, skip this step- you will mash them down later.
In a small saucepan, combine the fresh fruit, lemon juice and the monk fruit sweetener.
Cook the mixture over medium heat for about five minutes or until it comes to a slow boil.
Stir in the chia seeds and cook about five minutes longer, breaking down the fruit with a fork or a masher. Turn down the stovetop to low heat if needed.
Taste for sweetness and add more monk fruit sweetener, if needed. Cool the hot jam to room temperature or let it sit for 10 minutes and then transfer it to an airtight container like a mason jar.
Refrigerate the jam until it's chilled and ready to enjoy!
jam with monk fruit sweetener
I typically use granulated Golden Monkfruit Sweetener from Lakanto, but you can easily swap in any keto-friendly sweetener that acts as a 1:1 sugar substitute. Powdered monkfruit sweetener is a great option too.
Sometimes an erythritol-blend will crystallize when chilled, but I haven't noticed that issue with this keto jam recipe.
If you'd prefer to use granulated allulose, I recommend adding 1-2 tablespoons more since allulose isn't quite as sweet.
tips for the best chia jam
- This keto jam recipe will work with a mix of berries, fresh or frozen (I've made it with frozen blueberries and blackberries too). Frozen berries are usually more affordable and work just as well, but they may need a few minutes of extra cook time to break down. This sugar-free jam recipe is also a great way to use up those fresh berries that are on the verge of going bad!
- One of the best things about this berry jam is it has no preservatives or added sugars- it's a clean recipe for a berry fruit spread that tastes like REAL fruit (plus, there's less than 1g of sugar and net carbs per serving!). Spread it on your low carb bread, enjoy it with granola, or sit back and eat it by the spoonful with ZERO guilt. 🙂
- To mash the berries down, I like to use a fork or masher. However, you can speed up the process if you use an immersion blender as long as you blend the mixture just a little bit. Too much blending will give you a hot berry soup.
- Sweeten this jam to taste. Since the natural sweetness of your berries will vary, I recommend tasting the cooked jam and adding in more sweetener (1 tablespoon at a time) until it's sweetened to your liking.
enjoy your keto jam with...
- A warm slice of this keto, almond flour bread (minus the savory add-ins).
- A lemon blueberry scone for an extra special keto breakfast.
- Low-carb bread and PB for those days when the only thing that sounds good is a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Keto pancakes or homemade keto waffles!
- 2 cups chopped strawberries (see notes for berry subs)
- ½ lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp)
- 2-3 tablespoons granulated monkfruit sweetener (Lakanto or similar)
- 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds
- Transfer the chopped strawberries (2 cups total) into a medium saucepan.
- Add the lemon juice and the monkfruit sweetener to the saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium heat for about five minutes or until it comes to a slow boil. Stir occasionally.
- Stir in the chia seeds and cook about five minutes longer, breaking down the larger pieces of fruit with a fork or a masher. Turn down the stovetop to low heat if needed.
- Taste for sweetness and add more monk fruit sweetener, if needed. If you do add extra sweetener, cook the jam another 2-3 minutes to let the sweetener dissolve.
- Cool the hot jam to room temperature or let it sit for 10 minutes and then transfer it to an airtight container like a mason jar. Refrigerate the jam until it's chilled and ready to enjoy!
- This keto jam recipe works with your berries of choice, including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or a mix. Make sure you use about 2 cups total.
- If using frozen berries, you will likely have to cook the mixture for an additional five minutes.
- The jam will thicken as it cools and the chia seeds expand, but if you want the consistency to be thicker, you can stir in an extra teaspoon of chia seeds after it has cooled (they will expand even in the fridge)
- I prefer granulated Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, but you can also use powdered monkfruit sweetener or granulated allulose. If using allulose, increase the amount by 1-2 tablespoons. For liquid sweeteners, sweeten to taste (you will likely not need as much).
- Store the jam in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1.6gNet Carbohydrates: 0.6gFiber: 1gSugar: 0.6gProtein: 0.3g
This nutritional information is approximate and is provided for convenience as a courtesy.