Easy 5-minute Elderberry Chia Jam for a Healthy Back-to-School

Get those lunchboxes ready for a new school year!

Recipe by Grace Pascale (@babybychickpeas)

Back-to-School time is stressful enough -- from purchasing all your kid's school supplies and new clothing to meeting the teacher — making sure your kid has a healthy lunch every day shouldn't be complicated. Enter, 5-minute Chia Jam. 

This jam is so versatile and easy to make, not to mention healthy! Add it to some overnight oats, swipe it onto thick slices of wheat bread, or slather it on some crackers for a healthy, delicious, and simple lunch for the new school year. 

The star of this lunchbox show is the Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup, which adds a slightly sweet touch immune support benefits.* It's the perfect addition to a healthy lunch with extra immune support for back-to-school!*


  • 2 cups fresh, sliced berries
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup


Begin by adding the berries into a saucepan and heating over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Once the fruit is warm & beginning to break down, smash the berries with the back of a fork or spatula until there are no large chunks remaining. 

Add in the maple syrup and stir. 

Turn off the burner & remove the mixture from heat. Stir in the chia seeds and the Sambucol black elderberry syrup and let "gel" for 10 minutes before storing in a glass jar or reusable container in the refrigerator. 

Smother on toast & sandwiches, or mix a dollop into your morning oatmeal or yogurt for a healthy touch of sweetness, fiber, & antioxidants.

This jam will save for up to 7-10 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. 


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Grace Pascale is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a life's mission to help others find healing and vitality by reforming their relationships to food and their bodies. She does this by encouraging "divorces from diet culture," and educating her patients on the importance of eating whole foods in abundance.

Follow her on IG @babybypickpeas or visit GracePascaleNutrition.com.