Ginger Pear Chia Jam
This easy Ginger Pear Chia Jam recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and made with only 5-ingredients. It’s a delicious and seasonal, fall-spiced homemade jam with no added pectin. Enjoy it on top of toast, yogurt bowls, pancakes, oatmeal, and more!
I’ve been making and enjoying chia jam for YEARS and never tire of it! For all this time I’ve always stuck to making chia jam with summer fruits, like berries and apricots. Now that it’s fall, I thought I would try to make a fall-inspired chia jam using seasonal fruit. This Ginger Pear Chia Jam is just that!
In this recipe, pears are cooked down and combined with warming fall spices like ground ginger and cinnamon. Chia seeds are added to thicken the mixture into a jam-like texture (instead of adding pectin). It’s a simple, delicious recipe that pairs well with so many different foods.
PS. In case you missed it, I have an extensive blog post all about How To Make Chia Jam (which includes recipes for blueberry, raspberry, and apricot chia jams) as well as another recipe for a Strawberry Rose Chia Jam. If you enjoy this pear version, perhaps you will enjoy some of the others too!
Want more inspiration for what to do with chia seeds? Check out my roundup of healthy recipes using chia seeds for more ideas!
How To Make Pear Chia Jam
This ginger pear chia jam is incredibly easy to make and only uses a few simple ingredients. Start by peeling the skin off your pears and giving them a good wash. Cut and core the pears, then chop them into smaller pieces.
Next, place pears and a bit of water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, and allow the pears to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until they are easily mashable.
Add ground ginger, cinnamon, chia seeds, and maple syrup to the cooking pears. Chia seeds swell to about 10 times their weight when mixed in liquid, creating a gel-like texture. This is why they are awesome to use in homemade jams!
After adding the other ingredients, mash everything together with a fork or potato masher and continue to cook for another 5 or so minutes. The pears should be broken down into a mash, but there may still be some chunks and texture (this is fine)!
Remove the chia-pear mixture from heat and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the jam to thicken even more.
How To Store Chia Jam
Transfer the finished chia jam to a glass jar with a lid. Store the jam in the fridge – it’ll last for about 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can even freeze it if you made a large batch that you want to keep for longer!
Pear Nutrition Facts
Pears are an excellent source of dietary fibre. One medium-sized pear provides 6 grams of fibre, or 22% of your daily needs. Fibre is known to promote gut health, regular digestion, heart health, weight management, and blood sugar control.
In addition to fibre, pears are also a source of essential micronutrients, such as:
- vitamin C
- vitamin K
Chia Seed Nutrition Facts
Like pears, chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fibre – just 1 tablespoon provides 4 grams! Chia seeds are also excellent sources of plant-based omega-3s.
Despite their tiny size, these little guys are packed with micronutrients, like:
Ways To Use Ginger Pear Chia Jam
I always say that you can use chia jams exactly as you would use regular jam.
- spread it over toast with some nut butter
- stir it into a greek yogurt or oatmeal bowl
- enjoy it over pancakes, waffles, or french toast!
Not gonna lie – sometimes I just enjoy a spoonful of it straight from the jar, too 🙂
More Ways To Use Chia Seeds
- How To Make Chia Jam: 3 Ways (Blueberry, Raspberry, Apricot)
- Strawberry Rose Chia Jam
- Blended Chocolate Ginger Chia Pudding
- 4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding
- No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites
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Get the Recipe: Ginger Pear Chia Jam
- 3 bosc pears
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Start by peeling the skin off your pears and giving them a good wash. Cut and core the pears, then chop them into smaller pieces.
- Place pears and water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, and allow the pears to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until they are easily mashable.
- Add ground ginger, cinnamon, chia seeds, and maple syrup to the cooking pears. Stir well.
- After adding the other ingredients, mash everything together with a fork or potato masher and continue to cook for another 5 or so minutes. The pears should be broken down into a mash, but there may still be some chunks and texture!
- Remove the chia-pear mixture from heat and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the jam to thicken even more.
- Transfer jam to a glass jar and store in the fridge. Chia jam will keep for about 2 weeks.
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6 Comments on “Ginger Pear Chia Jam”
Thanks for posting. Is it possible to do this with canned pears? It’s hard to find good fresh pears near me.
Hi Amber! No problem and great question! I haven’t personally tried it with canned pears, but I think it would work quite well since they’re already nice and soft.
You could probably use the liquid that the pears are canned in in place of the water in this recipe. I also find canned fruit to be a bit sweeter than fresh, so you may be able to skip the maple syrup, too!
Let me know if it works out!!
So we had breakfast for dinner tonight! 🙂 With the weather cooling off and edging closer to fall, we craved some healthy comfort food! Each of my family members tackled making your recipes for blueberry, raspberry, and ginger-pear compotes earlier today and we used them on our homemade pancakes tonight. Oh my gosh, they made our pancakes go from tasty to incredible! 😛 My personal fav ( and everyone else’s too) was the ginger-pear. It was extraordinary!!! Sweet and spicy! I love how you eliminated or greatly minimized the added sugar and let the natural sugar of the fruits to become concentrated with the cooking. We like more texture so kept the fruits chunkier in size with only a slight simmer to create a compote. One of my loved ones has Type 2 diabetes and was so excited that there was no added sugar that most commercial jams have at the store. Quick, amazing- taste better than store- bought, and healthy compotes! Win-win-win!!! Jordanna
Hi Jordanna! Thank you so much for the lovely review. That is the cutest thing to hear that each family member tackled a different flavour – I love that just as much as I love breakfast for dinner!! So happy to hear they were all a hit with everyone – the pear one is so great for this time of the year 🙂
Thanks so much again!!
I love this recipe! So yummy and just the right amount of sweet!
Thank you so much for leaving a review, Mackenzie!! So happy to hear you enjoy this one. Thank you for the reminder that I must make it again this fall 🙂