Chia Hemp Saskatoon Berry Jam

Long weekends rule and so does jam, am I right! I loveeeee jam, any sorts of jam brings me happiness, I remember always having a jar of jam in the fridge growing up, so much nostalgia in a jar of jam. There is something about fruit preserves made into a sweet jelly that is so yummy and versatile, I particularly adore it mixed into plain yogurt, on buckwheat crepes and layered on bananas, mmmm. How can we forget about our childhood PB&J sammies when we opened up that lunch pack!? I have never attempted to make jam but I pay a hefty penny for a jar of organic, refined sugar-free jam, so the incentive to make my own jammy jam was high! So, with bags upon bags of Saskatoon berries from my bushes I decided to create a juicy, deep purple, lightly sweetened and super food infused Chia Hemp Saskatoon Berry Jam!

Sorry for the delay everyone on the jam recipe, I teased with this jam picture post earlier in the week, now here is the recipe for instant, healthy and nutty flavored jam, just in time for the August long weekend. No matter what you’ve jammed into your long weekend (haha see what I did there…) jam is sure to enhance it, right!? Now I have to say, it took me a couple batches to get the consistency right, but now I’m half through my jam jars… just so delicious! So I started with picking the juiciest of juicy Saskatoon berries, now those were way up high on the top of the bushes reaching to the sun, I have picked the bottoms bare! One day while my mom was visiting we were standing in an upstairs bedroom and looked out the window and took note that the large, bursting berries were just an arm’s length away through the window, we laughed that I could simply pop the screen out and go to town on berry picking through my bedroom window! Well the next morning, I layed there and stared at those berries, taunting me waving in the breeze, so I jolted out of bed, grab a huge tupper-ware, knocked that screen out and plucked those fat berries for my jam adventure! I may have frightened my neighbor hanging out my window…

Here are the simple and gorgeous ingredients to make your own jam:

4 cups fresh Saskatoon Berries (or berry/berry blend of your choice)

1/4 cup water

4 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp honey (I use Drizzle Summer Honey)

1 tbsp chia seed

1 tbsp hemp hearts

I started by washing up those beautiful berries and heating a large pan over medium heat, then I threw 4 cups of Saskatoon berries on in with a 1/4 cup of water. I watched the berries begin to break down and turn into a lovely compote over approximately 10 minutes, then I added 4 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 3 tbsp of Drizzle Summer Honey, 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 1 tbsp of hemp hearts. I then muddled the berries and mixed everything together well and allowed it to cook down for another 10 minutes on medium/low heat until I reached the consistency I love in my jam! I mean, how easy was that! I let the jam cool then I spooned it into adorable little mason jars. We have now made jam! I let it cool then popped them into the fridge and the jam lasted well over a week, I’m sure even longer, if I hadn’t, I mean if my husband hadn’t eaten it all…. 😉

This jam is packed with super food chia seeds that aid in digestive health, give us boosts of energy, not to mention the positive impact on our skin and aging with all those antioxidants! I also threw in those hemp hearts as they are rich in protein, omega and have a creamy nutty texture and flavor that compliment these berries tremendously. Jam is typically fruit floating in white sugar…not this one, it’s lightly sweetened with the lovely local Drizzle Summer Honey collection that I can’t get enough of! It’s a sweet creamed honey with notes of wildflower, oak and clover, it sealed this jams perfection. So, now its your turn to make some super food infused Saskatoon Berry Jam! I think my favorite way of eating the jam so far has been stirred into thick greek yogurt, fresh fruit and topped with crunchy roasted almonds! Let me know what you think of the jam and your fav way of enjoying it!

Happy and safe August long weekend to everyone! XOXO

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Spiced Chia Pudding with Honeyed Saskatoon Berries & Apricots

Good Sunday morning everyone! It’s officially berry season and I am in utter dreamland with sweet, juicy and perfectly ripe berries of all sorts! The markets are overflowing with baskets and flats of berries, my mind wandered to countless potential recipes using the traditional berry blends, compotes, jams, crumbles… I came home wondering what I was going to create and decided to meander outside into my backyard to get inspired. I had been recently inspecting the trees in my backyard that was producing gorgeous plump blue/purple berries that peppered my sidewalk, after some research I realized I had struck gold and have four Saskatoon Berry Bushes! This is when my Spiced Chia Pudding with Honeyed Saskatoon Berries & Apricots recipe hit me in the face, I immediately began picking the lovely berries as quickly as I could… half in my bowl, half in my tummy!

Look at those Saskatoon Berries, aka, Prairie Berries! I hadn’t appreciated the beauty and unique flavor of Saskatoon berries until a couple of years ago, when I filled up my pail full of the berries at the Saskatoon Berry Farm U-Pick, I was in love. They have such a unique, sweet nutty flavor, a mix of apple and berry essence and you can pick even pick them slightly under as they continue to ripen after picked. Saskatoon berries are highly known for their antioxidant properties, high calcium value and what sets them apart from other berries are their anti inflammatory properties that have been tested in medicinal treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Wow, I mean, how incredible are these little purple balls of packed goodness!

Picking them Saskatoon Berries!

I had to incorporate the berries unique flavors and health attributes into a recipe abundant with some of my favorite spice blends that compliments the berries almond nut influence. I couldn’t leave out one of my absolute adored in season stone fruits, apricots! I picked out a large bags worth of seasonal, organic and vibrant B.C. apricots at the farmers market this week. Apricots have that tart and musky flavor with a smooth bite, I could eat a trees worth in one sitting! I certainly get my fibre and carotene intake in a day I’d say. My mouth was watering when I thought of mixing apricots, Saskatoon berries, roasted salted almonds chunks and a pinch of cinnamon coated in local honey, Drizzle’s Summer Honey, a sweet creamed honey you will not get enough of with notes of oak, wildflower and clover and use it to top off a delicious spiced pudding, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Now let’s get to the spiced chia pudding, I know most of you have had some variety of chia pudding, it’s popularity has definitely risen and is a healthy alternative to sugar filled puddings. I love warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and ginger, I then infused them into this chia pudding with a base of almond and coconut milk, along with some dates for sweetness and I snuck in some ground flaxseed to thicken up the pudding. I’m sure you all know by now that flaxseeds have an incredible amount of plant-based omegas that keep your nails, locks and skin healthy and luscious (maybe that’s my secret to this head of hair :)) This chia pudding is a breeze to create, throw everything in a large mixing bowl and let it set for at least 4-8 hours, I like my pudding a little thicker, so I let it set overnight and sometimes even add an extra tbsp of chia or flaxseed, you can adapt my recipe to your pudding preference!

So how do you make this Spiced Chia Pudding with Honeyed Saskatoon Berries and Apricots?! Keep reading my friends, this recipe really comes together quite simply and you can make it in large batches that last a few days in the fridge!

Spiced Chia Pudding:

1 cup unsweetned vanilla almond milk

1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

4 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

3 large pitted dried dates – diced finely

2 tbsp maple syrup (if you like a sweeter pudding add, if not leave out)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp pure vanilla

1/2 tsp fresh zested ginger (or 1/4 tsp dried ginger powder)

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of ground clove

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well mixed, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for

4-8 hours or until your desired consistency of pudding reached (the longer it sits, the thicker it will become).

Honeyed Saskatoon Berries & Apricot Topping:

2 ripe apricots – diced

1 cup ripe Saskatoon berries

2 tbsp roasted & salted almonds – roughly chopped

1 tbsp Drizzle Summer Honey

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pinch salt (omit if almonds well salted)

Add all ingredients except honey in a bowl and mix, melt honey until just turning into liquid form and pour over mixture, toss in honey until evenly coated. Spoon spiced chia pudding into bowls when set and top off with the crunchy, sweet, spiced honey berry & apricot blend, YUM! A great recipe to make in batches and have as breakfast, dessert or a snack! This recipe will keep you full and energized during these beautiful summer days, hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend and summer so far, try this recipe out and tag me or leave a comment below, I love hearing from all of you, xoxo!

 

 

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