Monday, January 25, 2016

Tropical Blueberry Cranberry Chia Jam




Have you opened your freezer only to move aside that bag of cranberries you may have forgotten you opened only to have little frozen cranberries spill all over the freezer shelf??  Did you happen to be in a rush so you decided you would remember they were there and promised yourself you'd clean them up as soon as you had a moment?  Did you then forget and next time you opened the freezer find those same frozen cranberries still sitting loose in your freezer shelf?


Don't be like me... always place opened bags of berries in a zip top bag.  And, don't let those nutritious berries sit there taking up freezer space till next Thanksgiving only to realize there are fresh ones in the store so you end up throwing them away.  Cranberries aren't just for the holidays anymore.

With cancer fighting properties cranberries can be slipped into smoothies or quick breads. Or, how about pairing them with another antioxidant filled super food - blueberries - and simmering together a sweet/tart chia jam perfect for topping a crispy slice of toast or slathering over freshly ground almond butter?

Combining blueberries with cranberries brings a virtual powerhouse of nutrition only enhanced by a few tablespoonfuls of protein-filled chia seed.  Sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup you can feel good serving a jam with no artificial sweeteners or processed sugars.

So what are you waiting for?  Blueberry Cranberry Chia Jam = Antioxidant Super Food.  Don't wait for the holidays.... Bring it now!


Shout out to my new favorite bread, that just happens to be vegan, gluten-free and Non-GMO.  Have you tried BFree?!  This Brown Seeded Bread toasted to perfection and became even a bit more heavenly when slathered with our Tropical Chia Jam!
Tropical Blueberry Cranberry Chia Jam
Sweetened with pure maple syrup and a touch of sweet tropical diced mango, this chia jam sweetens any piece of toast or pbj while adding super food antioxidants and without processed sugars or pectin.  A dollop in your morning oatmeal brings a little bit of heaven too!
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1 1/2 cup organic frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen cranberries
1/4 cup chopped frozen mango
3 Tbs pure maple syrup (add more after tasting if desired)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs chia seed 



Place blueberries, cranberries and mango into a medium pot on the stove over medium/medium-low heat.  Add the maple syrup and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the berries are soft and begin to pop.

Remove from heat and mash the berries.  Add vanilla extract and stir.  Taste for sweetness and add more syrup if desired.

Add the chia seed and stir to combine.  Allow jam to set, then place in a jar and cover.  Store in the refrigerator.  Use within a week or so.

Liv Life Note:  Cranberries are notoriously tart - add additional sweetener as desired!

Liv Life Note 2:  Liv Life received samples of BFree Gluten Free Bread to try. I loved the Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf so much I wanted to share! I have not been compensated to write about the bread.

 

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