Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam with Medjool Dates and Chia Seeds

Sometimes we just need a little jam for a fresh slice of homemade bread or even an English muffin. It’s the little things, right? Some jams require gelatin or lots of refined or added sugar. This jam requires no added sugar, just the natural sweetness of the raspberries, a few Medjool dates and maybe a little honey, if you want more sweet than tart.

Sugar-free raspberry jam sweetened with Medjool Dates
Sugar-free raspberry jam sweetened with Medjool Dates

Chia seeds, when exposed to liquid, change in texture. Their unique outer layer swells and becomes gel-like (gelatinization), making for a natural gelatin-like texture that acts as a thickener and it is a perfect, healthy way to add a little more thickness to a quick jam. If you’re feeling up to a little science or chemistry project, we will forgive you for going some extra Googling to learn more about the amazing little chia seed. Just make sure to come pick up supplies for this quick jam at Sigona’s too!

Sugar-free raspberry jam sweetened with Medjool Dates

Quick, Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam with Medjool Dates and Chia Seeds

Keeping heat away from ingredients preserves some of their naturally occurring health benefits. This raw jam just requires a blender and a refrigerator — no heat necessary, which keeps it raw. It’s also free of added sugar; the dates sweeten the mixture naturally, and the chia seeds help give it a jammy texture. Use honey if you want to sweeten it up a bit more. Makes about 3/4 cup.
Total Time 20 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American



  • 2 to 3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped see note
  • 1 Tbsp. warm water
  • 6 oz. fresh raspberries 1 clamshell
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Honey, to taste such as orange blossom honey from Honey Hole Honey Co., available at Sigona’s (see note)


  • Soak the dates in a little water for about 10 minutes. Discard the water then add the dates to a blender. Pulse them a little to break them up. Add the raspberries, chia seeds and lemon juice. Blend until pureed. Taste and add honey to sweeten, if desired.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


We sell many dried fruits and nuts in our markets and also online at We also well raw, local honey seasonally (because it’s gathered from local bees that buzz around plants that grow and blossom in different seasons). 
Medjool dates
Honey Hole Honey Co. Honey (Don’t worry! Visit our markets or call to order if it’s not available online. Sometimes we do not have enough to add it to our online store, but we usually have some in stock in our markets: 650-368-6993.)
Keyword medjool dates, raspberries
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  1. Alli Trull says:

    Can you can this recipe?

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