Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam

I’m back and I have the most summery, refreshing recipe to share with you today!

Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam packaged up in cute little Mason jars make the perfect gift!

This Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam is the perfect condiment to stock up on in your refrigerator for these hot months to come, especially if you’ve got a slight phobia of the whole canning process and can’t bring yourself to make true, legit “jam” (oh hi, hello, that’s me!)

Yes, that’s right, even yours truly has a few things on her “yet to conquer in the kitchen” list, and homemade jam is one of them. To be honest, my in-laws are experts in this regard and always keep our pantry loaded with allll the flavors of fresh jam you can imagine – grape, strawberry, blackberry, you name it! So I’ve really had no reason to make my own. Until now, that is.

But first, let’s catch up on our lives for this past week-and-a-half! I so appreciate your patience and understanding as I took a much-needed break from allll work. It was really nice not having to break my back getting content pre-loaded before I left, and being able to (mostly) stay away from my computer and phone during our entire trip which, speaking of, was AMAZING. Much more like the honeymoon we expected and dreamed of – no hurricanes for us to get caught in this time!

I’ll be working on a Travel Diaries recap all about Kauai soon, but in the meantime I want to tell you all about this Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam!

A dish of Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam at the ready is the perfect addition to your breakfast spread!

I’ve had the idea of cantaloupe jam on my content list for a while now. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t even remember what my original inspiration was. But it’s safe to say that cantaloupe jam isn’t a jam flavor you see every day, and it becomes even more of a treat when it involves no “canning” and fresh vanilla extract and chia seeds. Plus, it’s so delicious!

So here’s the scoop: All you need as far as special equipment is a blender and a couple of resealable glass containers. I used Mason jars (which do not need to be sterilized for this recipe like most jam recipes require) but you can really use any sort of glass Tupperware.

And, aside from the special equipment (which, let’s be real, is not that “special”), this Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam involves only FIVE ingredients!! That’s right, just five. The hardest part about it is going to be waiting overnight for those chia seeds to expand and really set that jam up so it’s the perfect, spreadable consistency.

Once your Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam has set up overnight, the possibilities are endless. Spread it on any baked good, or toast up some bread and slather it with cream cheese before adding a layer of the jam on top. You could also swirl it into some Greek yogurt and top with crunchy granola. Any way you eat it, it’s going to be delicious!

Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam is perfect to spread on a fresh piece of sourdough toast.

The only word of caution I would share about this recipe is, because you do not go through the full-on canning process, there is a time stamp on it. You’ll want to keep the jam in the refrigerator throughout its lifespan, which will basically be just as long any sliced cantaloupe would stay fresh in your refrigerator. So eat up! Don’t cherish it too much because it won’t last forever 😉

Grab the recipe below, and I’ll be back in action on Friday with a brand new drink recipe to share with you all!

Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Cantaloupe Jam is kept in Mason jars but requires no special canning.

Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This tasty jam requires no special canning and comes together in less than 10 minutes. The hardest part is waiting for it to set overnight!

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 30 ounces
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cubed cantaloupe (about 1 medium cantaloupe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons high-grade maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium speed until well-combined and a smooth yet thick liquid forms. Pour mixture into three or four small Mason jars, seal and refrigerate overnight before enjoying.

Quick-and-Easy Vanilla Chia Cantaloupe Jam | CaliGirlCooking.com

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria

We’re going to do this Labor Day weekend in style, and Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria is going to help us do it.

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

That’s right, we’re going all out. No holds barred. Because what’s not to celebrate? It’s still warm enough to get outside (the beach is calling my name), but we’re officially into the month of September, which means pumpkin spice and all the other fall flavors are going to be upon us before we know it (oh wait, they already are.)

In any case, we need to consume all of the frozen cocktails before summer is officially “over,” before it’s passé to say you got drunk off of too much Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria this weekend. Call me old-fashioned, call me “shi shi,” but I realized a few weeks ago that I did not have ONE frozen cocktail recipe on my site yet (unless you count these Pineapple Mojito Popsicles, which I must say are quite refreshing for a warm summer’s day!)

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

I must admit, I’m biased in the fact that I don’t usually find myself ordering frozen cocktails. This bias most likely harkens back to my “I fear all empty calories” days, or perhaps I’ve just more naturally stopped ordering these drinks because I now try to limit the amount of added sugar I enjoy in my drinks (hangover central right there!)

BUT, this blog is all about finding balance, right? About not having any restrictions on what we eat or drink? (In moderation, of course.) Because of this, I felt like it was my civic duty to come up with a delicious frozen cocktail composed of as many natural sugars as possible that wouldn’t leave us laid up in bed with a hangover at any time during this glorious three-day weekend.

So, what do you say? Are you down to consume some frosty, punchy Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria in the next few days? If you said yes, your weekend is already shaping up to be pretty awesome. Tell me, what other fun plans do you have to say “sayonara” to summer and welcome in fall? Please tell me you’ll be enjoying the outdoors and eating and drinking all of the delicious things. I’m going to be getting in some serious games of beach volleyball, celebrating a friend’s birthday (that just so happens to be a “Convention of Cocktails” theme, how fun is that?) and getting together with friends for a little potluck on Monday. And drinking Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria throughout, of course!

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

Back to that! This recipe is super easy, with just five ingredients and coming together with a quick whir of the blender. We start with cubes of frozen cantaloupe, add chilled white wine and gin, and finish with a touch of simple syrup and fresh lime juice.  Put it all in a blender and your drink is ready in less than five minutes!

Another bonus? This particular recipes makes FOUR cocktails, which means you won’t need to worry about blending the drinks in batches and having a glass full of watery sangria on your hands before everyone is served. Win win!

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

And did I mention it’s incredibly tasty? The cantaloupe is incredibly refreshing and, even though our Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria will still melt if you let it sit too long, the fact that we don’t use any ice cubes makes sure it won’t get too diluted and watered down. The Sauvignon Blanc and the lime juice add a nice hint of acidity, with the gin adding lovely aromatics and the simple syrup bringing in just the right amount of sweetness.

So what do you say? Are you ready to give this a shot? Then get your ingredients in the freezer STAT and you’ll have Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria in your hands in no time. Happy Friday friends!

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
A refreshing frozen sangria composed of frozen cantaloupe, white wine and gin. The perfect refreshing cocktail for the last of the warm-weather days!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cubed frozen cantaloupe
  • 1 ½ cups Sauvignon Blanc I used Provenance
  • 3 ounces gin
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • Lime wheels for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except lime wheels) in a blender. Place blender on medium-high and blend until well-combined. Serve immediately.

 

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirlCooking.com

Let’s see summer out with a bang!