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Since I made some Asian coconut jam – leftover mandarin orange jam (leftover from Chinese New Year), Hainanese Kaya and Pandan Kaya, I was really in the mood to make more jam. I bought some frozen cranberries and since I always have chia seeds and honey rock sugar in my kitchen, these three ingredients naturally came together in this cranberry jam recipe.

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I have spread it on toasts, used it on thumbprint cookies, or just top it up on Greek yoghurt, it’s really so jam packed with flavour and nutritional goodness. The cranberries are both sour and a little bitter, with less than four percent sugar, thus I didn’t add any citrus flavours, and definitely need to add some sweetness to balance the taste. I read somewhere that cranberries were traditional used by Native Americans to preserve meat, make fabric dye and used them as medicine, while most wild animals avoid cranberries probably due to its taste. That said most commercial cranberry products such as juices contain lots of sugar to make it palatable.


What are cranberries?

Cranberries are small, round, deep-red berries that is related to the blueberries. Due to their very sharp and sour taste, they are rarely eaten raw. Cranberries are grown on vine-like plants similar to strawberries, and typically come from North America or eastern Europe, They are usually harvested around September to November.

Cranberries are known to have protective antioxidant effects, thus there are cranberry nutritional supplement sold in the health stores. Most of the antioxidant effects are found in the skin of the cranberry. This cute little fruit is also well-known for helping to prevent urinary tract infections, as well as support heart health, protect against gastric ulcer and stomach cancer and certain other cancers.

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Low Sugar Cranberry Chia Jam

Chia Cranberry Jam is really easy and quick to make. It not only looks pretty with its deep red hues but full of nutritional goodness and flavour as well as fibre. Love it on toast and cookies!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, condiment
Cuisine Western
Servings 4 persons
Calories 45 kcal


  • 250 g cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 40 g honey rock sugar or just sugar
  • 80 ml water
  • 1 tbsp chia seed


  • In a small pot over medium-low heat, add cranberries, water, honey rock sugar. Stir and let the sugar dissolve.
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  • Once boiled, reduce heat. Cranberries will turn soft, just a gentle press with the spoon will break it apart easily.
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  • Use a potato masher to mash the cranberries (you can use a fork or spoon too).
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  • The cranberries mixture will start to thicken and you will see some juice visible. Add the chia seed.
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  • Keep stirring to mix the chia seed well as the jam thickens.
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  • Once the jam reaches gel-like consistency, it's ready. Turn off heat and let it cool.
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  • Store in an airtight container. It will last about 10 days in the fridge.



This recipe yields about 200g of jam.


Calories: 45kcal
Keyword chia seed, cranberries, cranberry, fruits, jam
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