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Chia Ginger Orange Jam

chia orange jam

I love jam.  I’ll just say it.  I love going to weird little food stores and buying unique jam, like fig coconut mango or lavender lemon strawberry. When I was a kid, like most other kids, I loved spreading grape jam all over white bread and making a huge pb&j.  And I love making my own jam.  There’s nothing like some chia blueberry jam in the morning.  And I could eat this strawberry jam with Thai herbs any time and any place.

The white bread has now changed to sprouted whole wheat, but my love for jam remains the same.  And hey, there are a lot of ways jam make its way into my diet.  I enjoy swirling it in oatmeal, plopping it onto Greek yogurt, and sometimes I heat it up in the microwave and spread it over pancakes instead of syrup. Serious about jam, folks. ❤️

But the jam I have most often is chia jam because…well chia is just so darn good for you.  Plus I like to hide chia in fruit because sometimes the taste is a little weirdly strong for me otherwise.  Some people say chia doesn’t have a taste.  My taste buds say otherwise. 😀

chia orange jam

I see a lot of chia jams out there, but not many involving oranges.  I had a surplus of citrus and thought this would be perfect.

Now the question of the hour is this: should this actually be called orange jam or should it be called marmalade?  What does a substance have to include to get the title “marmalade”?  Does having orange in it automatically make it marmalade?  Or does it have to do with spices?  And do we even care?  😄  Maybe I’m thinking about this too much.

Whatever this is, it’s delicious. And it makes a nice, tropical-tasting pb&j.  Fresh ginger is always my friend.  Now we can only hope the marmalade police don’t come knocking…😉

Happy snacking!

chia orange jam

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Chia Ginger Orange Jam
  • 5 medium oranges
  • 2-3 tbsp honey or agave
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Place oranges in a medium saucepan over medium low heat along with honey, ginger, and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes, breaking up the oranges with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add in the chia and summer for an additional 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  4. Cool to room temperature, then pulse in a food processor until smooth.


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  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 5, 2016, 12:08 pm

    I love finding unique jams too…it’s so fun to try different flavors! I’ve never made my own before, so I’m love this ginger orange combo. I think I would use this on just about everything!

    • Amanda June 6, 2016, 9:20 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I love trying new weird recipes like this out. Next I need to use more basil in jams.

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop June 5, 2016, 8:51 pm

    I love making my own jams! I haven’t tried making a chia jam though! It sounds interesting!

    • Amanda June 6, 2016, 9:20 am

      Thanks, Kathy! Isn’t making jam great! I love regular jam too. Getting all the canning jars out. It’s a fun process.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary June 6, 2016, 11:18 am

    Nothing wrong with loving jam!! Especially during summer when fruit is fresh, making your own jam is a great idea! LOVE this one, girlfriend! The flavor sounds amazing and I bet it tastes delicious on all the things! Cheers!

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 6, 2016, 12:10 pm

    I love anything orange, but never thought of making chia orange jam. This jam looks absolutely stunning, citrusy and refreshing.

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:19 pm


  • Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction June 6, 2016, 12:36 pm

    What interesting flavours! I bet this jam tastes amazing!

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Marsha!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes June 6, 2016, 1:53 pm

    Yum – so happy that this jam doesn’t require gelatin. I had a huge jam FAIL the last time I worked with gelatin. 🙂

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:21 pm

      I always get a little intimidated working with gelatin too. Glad I’m not the only one! 😀

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy June 7, 2016, 3:46 am

    Fig coconut mango?! Lavender lemon strawberry?! Chia ginger orange?! Gimme ’em all!

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:22 pm

      Haha. Thanks so much, Jennifer!

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