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Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam

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Fruit may not be the most "keto-friendly" ingredient but if it's used moderately with other nutritious foods, it can be included in a healthy low-carb diet.

This recipe doesn't require any pectin or other thickeners such as arrowroot powder. I used my favourite ingredient instead: chia seeds. They are almost zero-carb and low in calories.

Chia seeds will create that nice jelly texture. You can serve this sweet cherry jam wit yogurt, coconut yogurt, whipped cream or even low-carb pies like my Dark Cherry Crunch Pie which is free of grains, sugar, eggs, dairy, and can even be made nut-free.

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Serving size 1 tbsp, 20 g/ 0.7 oz

Allergy information for Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp, 20 g/ 0.7 oz)

Net carbs1.5 grams
Protein0.3 grams
Fat0.4 grams
Calories12 kcal
Calories from carbs 56%, protein 12%, fat 32%
Total carbs1.9 gramsFiber0.5 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium1 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium1 mg(0% RDA)Potassium22 mg(1% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 440 g/ 1 lb)


  1. Wash and pit the cherries and place them in a small sauce pan with a cup of water.
    Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  2. Slowly heat up and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  3. Peel half of a lemon and place the peel into the sauce pan for about a minute or two. Pell the lemon with a knife rather than using a grater, it will be easier to remove the peel using just a fork. Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  4. Don't leave the peel in the sauce pan for too long or the jam will get bitter.
    Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  5. Open and scrape the vanilla bean and add the seeds into the mixture. Sweeten with Erythritol and stevia. Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  6. Take off the heat, add chia seeds and mix well. If you are using the jam straight away, leave to rest for 15-20 minutes until it becomes jellied and firm. Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  7. Mix before using.
    Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam
  8. Otherwise, transfer into a glass jar, let it cool down, seal and keep refrigerated. Use within 7 days. Low-Carb Dark Cherry Chia Jam

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 tbsp, 20 g/ 0.7 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cherries (sweet, dark), fresh
1.3 g0.1 g0 g6 kcal
Chia seeds
0.1 g0.2 g0.3 g6 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Stevia extract (SweetLeaf or NuNaturals, natural low-carb sweetener)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 tbsp, 20 g/ 0.7 oz
1.5 g0.3 g0.4 g12 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (25)

I have a cherry tree that is just loaded with cherries. Is this recipe good for canning?

Absolutely! I made a few of these for my dad so they can definitely be canned 😊

Sounds lovely!  All your jams are great.  I would like to use frozen cherries.  Any problems with that?  Thank you!

Thank you so much Christiana! Not at all! I too prefer frozen because once thawed they cook faster and they are available all year round 😊

Can I use frozen cherries?


My husband will not eat chia seeds at all can I use something else that is Keto friendly to thicken
Thank You
Fawn Jemison-Emplit

Yes, you can use gelatin powder instead (1-2 teaspoons should be enough).

Thank you for this recipe! Cherries taste so great!  I do have a question!  Is the amount of cherries in the ingredients listed before pitting the cherries or after?  Thank you!

Hi Mary, good point! It's after pitting, I'll clarify that. Thanks!

This sounds amahhhhzing. Could the jam be frozen after it's made?
I won't be able to get through all that in a week.
Also, if I were to use cranberries can you tell me how much water I would need to use and how many Tbs chia seeds to use? I have a stack of frozen cranberries I would love to use up.

Thank you Tina! Yes, you can freeze the jam in freezer bags, or in an ice-cube tray. I haven't made cranberry jam with chia seeds yet - I only use 3 cups cranberries, 1/3 cup erythritol, stevia drops to taste, 2 tbsp lime juice or lemon juice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2-3 tbsp water. If you want to add chia seeds, then you'll need about 1/4 cup water for every tablespoon of chia seeds. I hope it helps!

Hi Martina
Could plums be used instead of the cherries? It would be great To be able to use seasonal fruits so is there a rule of thumb ratio between the amounts of fruit to chia seed?

Absolutely! They are still relatively low in carbs, especially if you mix them with chia seeds. Here's what I'd do: for the same amount of plums I'd use 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds and less water (just about 1/2 cup).

Thank you for a very nice recipe!! I will definitely make this. I love cherries and just started using chia seeds. This combo made a really nice presentation and I bet it tastes wonderful! Keep up the good work, young lady!! Best wishes.

Thank you Darlene!

I heart cherries... thanks for sharing this!

Can strawberries be substituted for the cherries?

Sure! 😊 Or you can try my recipe here (strawberry & rhubarb jam): Low-Carb Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam

Thanks for sharing! I made the cherry crust pie you have on your blog and topped it with sour cream. HEAVEN!

Look yummy. I made a very similar cranberry version.

Thank you, I love using chia seeds in jams!

This looks delicious!  My husband loves anything cherry.  I like chia jams and have made several now. I'll try this!

Thank you! Chia seeds are just amazing. I use them for making "puddings", jams or even low-carb muffins 😊

Loving it! I will make the jam this weekend... and maybe top an almond crust with it 😊