Sugar-Free Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Breakfast Parfait

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 5, 2013

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This is the sort of recipe that takes away all the end of summer blues, at least temporarily.

I recently discovered that I can make chia seed jam without the need for any sweetener at all. A natural, no added sugar jam recipe? Yes, it’s totally possible!

My little secret? Apples. They are perfectly sweet enough. Unlike berries which can be tart, apples really don’t need anything extra.

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If you’ve had my other chia seed jam recipes (see my Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam and Strawberry Chia Seed Jam), you may know by now that this isn’t your grandma’s jam. Not even by a long shot. It’s always worth repeating this because I always get a comment about it not being an authentic or traditional jam recipe. You would be correct. Sometimes we just have to break the rules!

[Note: I used white chia seeds in this jam recipe because I had a bag to use up, but rest assured you can use white or black chia seeds.]

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Apple peel is the new party streamer.

Much like my other chia seed jam recipes, you cook down the fruit along with chia seeds and any desired spices. Instead of using maple syrup to sweeten, I took a note from my Homemade Pumpkin Butter recipe and used 100% apple juice. It worked like a charm. I made a fairly small batch just to see how it would turn out, but next time I would probably double the recipe because it disappeared quickly! And by disappeared quickly I mean that I ate the whole batch in less than 12 hours. Can you blame me?

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After about 15-20 minutes of cooking down the apples, they will be nice and soft and the mixture will have thickened up thanks to the chia seeds. I took a potato masher and mashed about 50% of the apple mixture to get a nice, thick consistency. You can mash all of it if you want, but I liked leaving lots of apple chunks for texture.

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Next came the building blocks of breakfast – or more specifically, Vegan Overnight Oats.

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Then, this parfait happened. It was quite possibly the greatest breakfast moment in a very long time.

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Sugar-Free Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Parfait

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This nontraditional jam is thickened with omega-3 fatty acid rich chia seeds and is free from added sugar. Enjoy it on toast, layered in parfaits, or on top of oatmeal.

Yield
2 parfaits
Soak time
1-2 hours or overnight
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the jam (makes 1-1.5 cups)
  • 3 large apples, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup 100% pure apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt (optional)
For the parfait:
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 + 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sweetener, to taste (optional)
  • Apple Pie Jam (from above)
  • Chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. For the jam: Add all jam ingredients into a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. When the apples are fork tender, remove from heat and mash 50% of the mixture to thicken. Set aside to cool.
  2. For the vegan overnight oats: Combine the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 1-2 hours to thicken. Once the oats are softened and the liquid is mostly absorbed, it's ready. You can thin it out with more milk if needed or thicken it with more chia seeds.
  3. To make each parfait: Layer the vegan overnight oats with the apple pie jam, a few spoonfuls of each per layer. Add toasted chopped walnuts on top of each layer if desired.
  4. Store leftover jam in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge. Should last for at least 1-2 weeks.

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Note: For a homemade milk option, see my Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk Recipe.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

Now THIS is the most creative use of chia seeds I’ve ever seen! Who needs pectin when you’ve got…chia to the rescue! Break the rules and make non-traditional jam all day long, please! I would love a big dollop of this on just about anything. But really, I’d pretend it was a ‘chutney’ and just dig my spoon right into that jar, very happily :)

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Lauren @ Lake Shore Lady September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

Wow this looks so yummy! I love chia seeds, and this is such a creative way to eat them! Thanks for sharing!
xo,
Lauren
lakeshorelady.com

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

I LOVE this idea! I was fascinated by your other jam recipes, but now that you have added those lovely apples…sold!! Also “Apple peels are the new party streamers”, yes to this! : )

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

What a perfect Fall breakfast!

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Liz September 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

What a beautiful breakfast-or snack…I could have it for both! I have some peaches I need to use so this gives me a great idea..thanks!

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Barbara September 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Yes! PEACHES! mmmmmmm :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor September 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

This parfait looks amazing! Although it is hard to have end of summer blues, when it is 90 degrees here. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

Oh my gosh, you are on A ROLL Ange!! This looks fantastic! This morning’s chillier temperature made me start thinking about fall (and shudder… brrrr!) but I’m definitely looking forward to pumpkin and lots of apples. You’ve reminded me that I really need to start eating more chia seeds. I think I’ll be making this on the weekend!

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Jill September 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

That looks so great! I’ve been making raw chia jams but I’m going to have to try one of your recipes. I love that you didn’t have to add sweetener to this one. I’ve had to dump a lot of maple syrup in my chia jams to make them tasty. Can’t wait for more fall recipes! Fall clothes and pumpkin pie are the only things that make me somewhat ok with summer coming to an end.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

I hear you on the fall clothes…I keep asking myself if it’s too early to whip out my boots. hah.

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Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables September 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Ha, I finally got to put my boots AWAY a few weeks ago (hooray chilly SF summers), I’m hoping I can keep them in the closet and enjoy bare legs just a little while longer….

This recipes looks yum, I really have to get some chia seeds soon!

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[email protected] September 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

Gorgeous! I’m a chia seed nut! Costing me a fortune but so worth it!

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Jennifer B.T. October 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Our Costco is now selling chia seeds. If you have a Costco near you, check it out. If they aren’t carrying them, you can request that they do.

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Alexandra @ Lean Green Healthy Machine September 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

This is the PERFECT fall breakfast (or snack or dessert!). I love how apples are sweet enough to preclude the need for added sugar!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

Is it coincidence I have 3 extra apples this week? Oh I think not! I know my culinary project for tomorrow!

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[email protected] September 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

Oh man I cannot wait until apples get in season here.. The weather is still pretty warm but that is normal for AZ; this is the best non kept secret! I cannot wait to try!

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Elyse September 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

Oh the amazing wonders of the chia seed! What a wonderful, pure, and simple recipe! Beautiful!

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Carrie September 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

Is it possible to can this? It’s apple canning season and I wasn’t sure if the chia seeds would work in canning or if they would spoil. Does anyone know?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

I’m sorry I’m not sure Carrie. Maybe someone else can weigh in :)

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Andrea Edgar September 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

Carrie, you can totally can chia seed jam! (that sounded funny ha) Just let it sit in the fridge overnight first, then can using a hot water method. That way the chia seeds expand to their full potential before being sealed in! Also, if you dont want to can the jam, you can freeze it for 6 months – 1 year before it spoils. Same deal though, allow to fully plump overnight before freezing. Hope that helps! =)

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja September 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

Holy deliciousness! I love chia jam. This year a lot of blackberries were growing all over the neighborhood and I made chia blackberry jam a few times, but I never thought of using it in a parfait. Amazing! Will definitely make this breakfast soon. Thanks Angela!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh man! I have everything but the apple juice and almond milk. Need to make this stat!

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Caitlin September 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

amazing, angela! i definitely must try this!

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Jill in Chicago September 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

I’m enjoying you posting every day — thank you! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

Aw, thank you Jill!! I may need all the motivation I can… ;)

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Adrianna September 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

Angela, you are my food guru:-)

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Katy @ Katy's Kitchen September 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

Wow, this is so creative! Apple jam is such a great idea and totally guilt-free without the addition of sweeteners. That definitely looks like a stellar breakfast.

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} September 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

What a great recipe for using up all those apples my friends with apple trees will be forcing on me soon! I too have a big jar of chia seeds to use up. Must make this happen!

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Andrea September 5, 2013 at 10:38 am

I love your VOO! Do you think the flavor of this dish would be compromised if I added buckwheat groats to the VOO? I love a recipe for VOO you made with them a while back…wanting to use it in this recipe too!

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Sheri McNally September 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

I really want to try this recipe, it looks so delicious and something different for breakfast. I have been checking in on your blog for the past week and really like your recipes. Best of health to you:)

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Jamie @lifelovelemons September 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

This is a perfect, healthy fall sweet! Love it!

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped September 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

Delicious Angela! We must think alike, I just made a Peach Chia Jam and a Raspberry Orange Chia Jam a couple weeks ago. Don’t you love how easy these are to make. Apple seems perfect for the fall season around the corner :)

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Summer September 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

This looks deelish!! I think the sugar-free title might be a little misleading, though? The lack of added sugar doesnt remove the sugar from the apples or apple juice. Not meant to be a nasty-gram, just a thought!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

Wow, you are on a roll! I think chia seed jam is a great idea and I’m sure apples are delicious in it. I would have to top a piece of bread with peanut butter and then some of this. Yep, I’d be eating it in less than 12 hours too! ;)

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Alexis @ Hummusapien September 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

I just made a bit of berry chia jam this morning using thawed from frozen berries, a bit of pure maple syrup and chia seeds. I love how well they naturally thicken it up! It was a dream over pancakes. Totally trying this next!

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Jesse @OutToLunchC September 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

Yummy! I can’t wait to try this.

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Christy S. September 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

I am soo excited you are posting so many recipes again! LOVE your recipes and my teenage boys love your recipes too. I have been following your blog for years now and read it over my lunch break. My kids (and husband) often cheer when I mention a specific dinner or dessert we will be having of yours. Ha! Cracks me up every time. If they saw how pretty you were, I have a feeling they would be even more eager to taste your delicious recipes. ;-)

Thank you for keeping my family healthy. I always come to your site knowing I will produce a tried and true recipe I could serve to non-vegans (and still receive accolades/requests for the recipe). I have gladly sent dozens of friends and family to your site and hope they will consider a more healthy diet. I also love your emphasis on vegetables this month. Trying to do the same myself. So thrilled.

Also, when will your cookbook come out? Any idea? So eager to have these prized recipes in a good binding, rather than printed and in my 3-ring binder. ;-)

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Stephanie Godwin September 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love that you are posting nearly everyday! I was just thinking about how to make an apple jam inspired by your berry recipes! What type of apples did you use?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

I used 2 Gala and one Pink Lady, I believe :) enjoy

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Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

Oh yum! My mom and I have been getting into chia seeds recently, so this is a lovely little recipe to mix things up a bit. And we love apples!

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Maria Tadic September 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Ya know how sometimes you might comment on a recipe saying it looks good and you’d love to try it. Well…I not only want to try this, I’m literally making this for breakfast tomorrow. I can’t WAIT. I love apples. Love them. I love there’s no added sugar and you’re using chia seeds to thicken the jam. Awesome. I’m so excited!

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Kylie - FotV September 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Never thought of making apple jam, but this seems simple enough for even me to pull off! It would be amazing over GF waffles!

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Terri Cole September 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I think that apple jam would be a killer pancake topping!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This looks unbelievable and I love that you didn’t add any sweetener to the jam. I know I would slather that jam on any and everything.

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Ashley @ Guard Your Heart September 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Holy yum!!!! I cannot get over how delicious that looks! Cannot wait to make!!! Thanks Angela!!!

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Angela September 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

hey Ange.
would it be better? to cook the apples down and then add chia to thicken….to keep in tact the chia from heat? just a thought..would it work the same…. wanna try this, looks yum!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Divine! I’m so not ready for fall, but your recipe is making me drool :D

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Laura S. September 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I am loving that you are doing Vegan MoFo because it means you’re posting more often! I hope posting this much isn’t stressing you out too much though :-) Like you said, do what you can do. Keep the recipes coming and more importantly can’t wait for the cookbook release!!!

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[email protected] September 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

such a great recipe to send us into Fall with!

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Baylie Martin September 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I seriously think your recipes could convert even the most dedicated meat-eater into a loving vegan! Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us, you have helped me in so many ways. My transition into vegan-ism has been not only delicious, but inspiring and wonderful to boot!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

Thank you Baylie, so happy to hear this!

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Jenn September 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Do you think it would work with a different one of your chia seed jam recipes? I’m not super crazy about cooked apples.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

Yes I can’t see why not – you can probably use any fruit you enjoy :)

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) September 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

This looks super delicious. Chia jam rocks.

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Mary Ann September 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

This looks delicious! Wondering if this could be made in a crock-pot?

Love your recipes!

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! September 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

This sounds amazing; and just in time for apple season!

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

You’re killing me with the recipes lately. This looks AMAZING! Perfect timing too- my mother in law just dropped off an entire bag of apples from the mountains. :)

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Corinne @ body got soul September 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

This looks amazing. I am leaving .right.now. to go get some chia seeds and apples!

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jo @ including cake September 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Wow…love this! i’ve often made a strawberry chia jam, but never an apple pie version. genius!! :-)

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I adore homemade applesauce, so I imagine this is kind of similar. But I love that it has chia seeds for some extra nutrients. I’m kind of sad that berry season is over, but it’s recipes like this that make me super excited for fall!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

This looks so awesome!

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Becca September 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Oh, my goodness! You are just awesome! I started making this as soon as I saw the post (which was about three hours ago). I can easily imagine eating it all in one go. =P It was so good! I added an extra apple and threw in some ginger because cinnamon and ginger is my current taste combo love affair, but I had to improvise with the juice as I did not have any on hand. Thankfully, I had soaked dates for a different recipe and just used that. I loved it! I will definitely be making this again. I can already hear the two jars of it calling my name from the fridge…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

So glad you enjoyed it Becca!

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jodye @ chocolate & chou fleur September 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

This jam is genius! And I love the combination of flavors in the parfait. I’m going to have to make this for breakfast tomorrow, or at least for lunch! This is definitely a recipe to ring in the new season!

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Jenn September 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Any chance you could post nutritional info? Sorry if someone asked this already! Very excited to make this as I just bought a nut milk bag a week ago. :)

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Ella September 6, 2013 at 2:15 am

I made this for breakfast this morning, and it is sooo good! I feel like I’m eating a dessert, I can’t believe there is no added sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

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Laura @ The Green Forks! September 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

I have some apple juice in the fridge… maybe I’ll give this a whirl! I bet my daughter would really like this.

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Jen September 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

Having Friday off has its benefits especially now that I’ve got a goal: apple-y jam deliciousness parfait!! I’m so finding your cookbook, and trying overnight steel cut oats…
Thanks for sharing and I hope MOFO is as fun for you as it is for us readers!!!

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kelly September 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

Angela,
loving all your recipes…you are rocking the vegan mofo!
Thanks,
Kelly

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Allison September 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

Drooling and definitely making this tonight so a delicious VOO parfait can be devoured in the morning!

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Stefanie September 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

I am so excited to try this recipe! I used one of your photos and linked to you for my MoFo round-up day, I hope you don’t mind.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

thanks for the love!

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Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget September 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

Chia seeds are the best! I am always amazed to see the new ways that bloggers are using them. Overnight oats are a go-to breakfast for me, so I love this recipe as a new way to spice up the classic dish.

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Laura September 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

have you tried it leaving the peel/fiber on the apple? Lower glycemic?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hi Laura,
No, I haven’t tried it with the peel left on yet.

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Nicole September 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Do you think this will still work if I kept left the apple skin on?

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nan @ lbddiaries September 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I placed an order for chia seeds and can’t wait to begin using these recipes. AWESOME breakfast choice!!

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caysee September 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This is sooooo delicious!!!! It s my 2 year old favorite breakfast now!! Thanks

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Rachel September 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I don’t have apple juice! Do you have any suggestions for substitutes?

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mia September 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

What brand of Chia Seeds do you like the most?

Thanks – I am hooked on your blog!!

mia

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

I usually just buy in bulk :) Thanks for your kind words!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life September 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I really need to get on the chia seed jam bandwagon!! This looks amazing! And it would be great to make the night before for a quick and easy breakfast!

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Jennifer September 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I put this jam on my pancakes this morning and they were delicious! Great recipe! :)

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susan September 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Angela. Besides your recipes which are always delicious . I just love love your delightful happy personality and your generous heart. Sure wish you were my grandaughter!
‘Mucho” Thanks Susan

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Well you are just so sweet Susan – you can be my blog grandmother if you’d like! hah.

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Katie September 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hi Anglea! Did you serve the parfait warm or cold?

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Sandi September 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

QUESTION: Would this work with pears? I have an ABUNDANCE– would you make any changes to accommodate the difference?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I just tried it today actually! Worked quite well. I think Im partial to the apple version, but it was very good too :) I did peel the pears as well.

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Giovanna September 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Dear Angela, I just finished to eat this breakfast and I have to tell you that is delicious! Girl, you are amazing, I don’t know how you do it, you are my cooking guru!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

So glad you enjoyed it! :) Doesn’t it get you into the fall mood? I made a batch today using pear. It was pretty tasty too :)

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Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Wow, that looks incredible. I love doing layered breakfasts and that chia seed jam looks delicious. I know what’s going in my next breakfast!

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Rucky September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

I shared this with my twin toddlers–well, I put the apple jam on their waffles and they just kept licking it off, so I simply put it in a cup and handed them spoons! Big hit!

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tia mia September 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

This recipe is amazing! I went out to the store today, bought all the ingredients and have got the apples and chia seeds in the pot cooking right now! I can’t wait to make the parfait tomorrow morning. {I think I will try topping off some plain unsweetened Greek Yogurt with the apple/chia jam,as well.:)}

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Sydney September 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I cannot wait to make this for breakfast soon! What a lovely fall breakfast! I’ve never made homemade jam before and this looks like such a great recipe :)

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Chau September 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

This is dangerous stuff. I had a taste, and ended up nearly finishing an entire 8-ounce jar. And then I consoled myself by telling myself that chia seeds are a good source of fiber, and that the sugar found in this “jam” is all natural. Great recipe, I think this is the turning point of turning me into a vegan.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

hah so glad you enjoyed it! I eat it by the spoonful…glad I’m not alone :)

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k September 12, 2013 at 1:40 am

Would it make it bad if I processed the skins in the processor and added it to the apple mix before cooking?

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Leah September 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I made this jam with the last of my summer peaches instead of apples. It turned out great! I plan on enjoying it with one of your almond butter recipes on some homemade oatmeal bread tomorrow for breakfast. Yum!!

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Alana September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

Chia seeds are my new favorite!

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Shelley Alexander September 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Angela, Your apple pie chia seed jam and breakfast parfait sounds absolutely divine! I adore chia seeds and I’m always looking for ways to use them in recipes. I will be making your recipe next week after a visit to the farmer’s market for some local, organic apples. YUM!

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Laura September 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I made this and ate it for lunch for a few days- AWESOME. Thank you so much. I so enjoy your blog and all the nutritious and delicious inspiration.

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Jes September 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I made this to prep for breakfast tomorrow for me and my pregnant wife (she is trying to eat healthy so I’ve been sharing your recipes) and I gave my first attempt at canning the excess jam since I made a double patch. It looks good so far! I’m thinking this will make a wonderful winter treat Christmas gift this year! For fellow readers that can: do you think I can can the oats layered with the jam???

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Jes September 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Pregnant boss*** oops! Typo!

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Jamie September 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Would this recipe work without the apple juice?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

I am not too sure – I think you could sub with applesauce though? or maybe even water + a bit of sweetener?

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Sandra September 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’ve been enjoying overnight oats all summer so I was super excited to see this “fall” version. I made it earlier this week and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement – so yummy! I felt like I was having apple pie for breakfast. On day two I just ate the leftovers out of the jar with a spoon – it was like deluxe apple sauce. Thank-you and LOVE your blog!

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Deneen September 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

This recipe looks wonderful! Would this work to just “pulse” in a blender or does it have to be cooked in order for the flavors to blend?

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Rachel L September 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Do you think that you could use apple cider instead of the juice?

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Jessica September 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Looks so yummy! I love all your recipes :) Just wondering, where do you buy your gluten free oats? I can only ever find wheat free and I’m always nervous that they’ll still be contaminated with gluten…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Hey Jessica, I buy Bob’s red mill – I believe they are certified Gluten-free. Also, I think there is a labeling law in Canada that prohibits companies from putting GF on oats – so they can only put wheat free even if it’s GF sometimes. I’m not sure if that rule still exists though, but it’s worth contacting the company to find out!

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Jessica October 3, 2013 at 4:52 am

awesome – i never knew that! thanks :)

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Andrea September 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

This does look delish! Do you eat it cold? Or warm it up?

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Shelly Hawes-Smith October 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

Ok.. I want to make these in smaller, individual servings (like the mini jars) for a gathering.. will these keep overnight or should I make the apple part and the oats and then assemble right before leave for the event?

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Ashley @ Blissful Basil October 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I’ve been drooling over this recipe since you posted it, and I’m literally make it as I type this comment! I’m nearing the end of a three-day juice cleanse, and am breaking my juicing fast with this amazing parfait at the crack of dawn tomorrow! Your recipes are always so inspirational and delicious. Thank you!

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Kristen October 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I just made this apple jam tonight, but I used my microwave (college life–no oven). It still turned out well, though!

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Camille October 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

I loved this!!!!! I made the overnight oats last night and the apple jam this morning. It was delicous. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful recipe. I recently became vegan and I really missed having greek yogurt parfaits for breakfast, but this is soooooo much better! I love all of you recipes and I can’t wait to make something from your website for dinner. :)

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Amy November 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I just quadrupled the apple part of the recipe so as to use up some apples. It is a very yummy, chunky apple sauce. We are having to freeze some so I hope that works out!.

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Anna November 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This looks awesome. Have you tried cooking the peel with it as well? (and removing it) Just wondering if it made a difference, cos that’s where the pectin is in apples. (disclaimer: i do’t know enough about making jams to know whether cooking for 15 mins is enough to get the pectin benefit!)

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Shirley December 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Yummy!!

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Lindsay December 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Delicious! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed his for breakfast and as a snack.

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Summer January 6, 2014 at 1:19 am

I love your recipes and your blog so much! Just finished prepping my ingredients for breakfast! All your recipes are amazing,tasty,and creative! Keep being amazing Angela!

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Alison February 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Just tried this today and have now recommended it on my webpage as well as sharing on a Hannaford nutrition chat!

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Amy February 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I’m making a kumquat version of this apple jam right now!

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Jennifer February 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm

This is amazing with pears and ginger. I’ve made a double batch every week for the last 2 months. We can’t get enough of it. Thank You!

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Karissa June 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

First off I am amazed by your blog!! It is so inspirational! I recently went vegan for health reasons while recovering from a stress fracture due to running. No fun at all but I like to look on the bright side of life and out of this injury came many good things for me (adopting a vegan plant based diet, biking, pilates etc.)
Anyway I was wondering if you could substitute flax seeds for chia seed in this recipe. I am not familiar really with using either to cook but I do have flax seeds at home.
Keep up the amazing blog! You have a new avid follower.

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Florence July 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hey Karissa,
I was just about to leave a comment about substituting chia seeds with flax seeds… in my town i couldn’t find chia seeds. I was dying to try this healthier jam-like recipe so I tried with flax. And it works though I put more than 2 tbsp.
Before using, I grounded the flax seeds. I put about 2 tbsp at the start and it didn’t seem to work much. So I waited till apple have the right consistency and then added about 3 to 4 spoons. And after some time I think it is about the same consistency as the pictures.
So my advice with apple is maybe to put only at the end and just try for how much you need. Btw I did the same for the blueberry jam and it worked great.
Good luck !

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Lucy McCann June 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Just wondering if you have any idea how many calories are in a serving? Thanks so much! It looks delicious!

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sam July 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

what could you use instead of apple juice? would a mixture of water and honey or maple syrup work?

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Ciara August 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I’m definitely going to try this. I wonder if using milled chia seeds would work in apple jam- just for a more traditional finished look. Has anyone tried that?

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Kim Hawkins August 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Do you ever use ground chia seeds for jam? The whole-seediness thing is putting me off a bit.

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Jennifer August 31, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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I love this jam recipe! It’s fantastic on top of Chocolate Covered Katie’s Oatmeal Pancakes and on top of cinnamon raisin toast.

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Laura September 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Hey,
I was just wondering… can quick cooking oats be used in place of the rolled oats??

Thanks!!

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Doro October 19, 2014 at 9:16 am
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Dear Angela,

by now I must have made this exact breakfast a dozen times and I loved every single bite of it. This was the breakfast I treated myself with before each of my four final exams and they all went well – I’m thinking it must be this parfait! Thank you SO much for sharing this extraordinary recipe, it was a gamechanger in my vegan journey!

Best wishes from the other side of the ocean,
Doro

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Amy October 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Can you preserve this? I’d like to seal it in a jar, do you know if it would keep?

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Rochelle Scott September 25, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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I did, and it works wonderfully!!!

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Andrea January 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm
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My husband and I love this chia seed jam and make it often for our overnight oats. I often leave the skin on because its healthy (meaning I can’t be bothered to peel the apples) and it works out fine. You need to make this. Right away. Go on!

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Camille February 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm

I honestly can’t deal with how delicious this is. Breakfast, snack, dessert.

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Laura March 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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I just made this for my 2 yr old. I pulse blended the apple mixture and heated the overnight oats in the microwave to soften a couple of minutes. I then stirred everything together, added almond butter for protein, and he said it was “yummy!” It was. I made a double recipe (4 servings or more for an adult) and portioned it all out and froze for easy breakfasts for my son. It’s a winner, for sure! Yummay!

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Laura March 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

I also want to add that I ground the chia (I used Salba) seeds first in the coffee grinder. I like the texture better this way for chia seeds in parfaits, puddings and cereals.

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Nicole May 1, 2015 at 6:30 am
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I love this recipe! Was introduced to your website by a friend and I am so grateful! Can’t wait to try more delicious recipes!

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Pat July 19, 2015 at 10:19 am
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I just tried this out, it works out great! I don’t have apple juice in my fridge so I went for tomato juice, which I love, instead. I also substituted almond milk with soy milk. This is good and healthy choice. Thanks for the simple delicious recipe ;-)

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Rochelle Scott September 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Wow! Thanks! I made a huge batch of this, added some dried currants, and canned a whole bunch, on top of using it fresh for the parfaits. My guy loves it on his “ice cream”. I also made the oat mixture with coconut milk for a twist, and it was amazing as well. Gotta LOVE chia seeds! Thanks again! You made using up a bunch of apples delicious and fun!

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Jennifer November 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

This turned out great! It was super easy and super quick to make. Leaving it in the refrigerator for 24 hours worked perfectly!

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brandy January 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Looks yummy and totally caught my eye! I love the health benefits of chia seeds! Needs a different name though. It’s not sugar free. Apples and apple juice both have sugar, and when you cook apples you release more sugar.

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Flo February 9, 2016 at 11:39 pm

are the chia seeds hard and stick in your teeth like raspberry seeds, i sure hope not.

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Edi @ SunCakeMom November 15, 2016 at 6:24 am
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This makes it a nice alternative to my daily oat bran breakfast. It’s gonna be fun to try something refreshingly different.

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Lesley September 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Can the apple juice be omitted? Or just replaced with water?

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Angela Liddon September 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Hey Lesley, Yes, I think you could definitely swap it with water. You may need to add a touch more sweetener to make up for the reduced sugar though. I hope you enjoy it!

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