Valentines Thoughts & Sugar Free Chia Jam

Valentines Thoughts & Sugar Free Chia Jam

Mixed feelings abound on this day! If you’re in a new relationship then this day will probably be filled with loads of romantic gestures rose giving emoticonHeart in the sky animated emoticonI love you spray paint emoticon (I Love You emoticons)  If you’re married or in a long-term relationship then this could be the day where one of you gets into trouble for not doing enough! Maybe you’ve ‘agreed’ that you don’t ‘do’ Valentines day but when you see everyone posting photos of flowers, chocolates, jewellery or romantic dinners then you secretly wish you did… then take it out on your other half!? Perhaps you are single? Newly single or long-term single and therefore Valentines day is a sad and lonely day for you? Whichever it is, it is actually ‘just another day’! If you are feeling more lonely than usual on this day – share your feelings! Phone someoneImage result for phone emoticon close to you just to say hello or better still, go and visit if you’re nearby! Valentines day is just one of those gentle reminders not to take others for granted, so make sure you make at least one person smile today! Image result for big smile emoticon Even posting comments on blog posts (I do try to personally reply to all messages posted on this blog) can make your day brighter when you get a response!  Image result for sunshine emoticon

Today’s quick and easy recipe is not cake or chocolate but something light, tasty and full of good stuff! It’s easy to make with as little as two ingredients (I used three) and is so simple you wouldn’t believe it could taste so good! Of course, if you are doing Valentines (in any form), you could make this as a surprise gift, as a super addition to a breakfast tray, or as a side for afternoon tea and cake! 🙂 Or… just make a jar and sit and eat the whole lot! Seriously it’s that good! 🙂

Sugar Free Chia Jam

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gather

  • 150g frozen blueberries (substitute raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants or all!)
  • 1 eating apple peeled, cored and diced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener (optional – I would suggest maple syrup or agave)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds

Prepare

  1. Put the frozen fruit in a saucepan and lightly cook until defrosted and starting to break down. If you want to add the fresh fruit, now is the time (I added the fresh apple pieces). Cook until there are still some small chunks of fruit and quite a lot of juice. Stir in sweetener if necessary.
  2. Sprinkle over the chia seeds, then quickly stir in. Cook for 1-2 minutes (don’t stir anymore). Turn off the heat and leave to thicken in the pan for 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a clean jar (or a dish) and leave to cool. The jam will thicken on standing.
  4. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Store in a clean sterile jar.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to one month.
  • Use anywhere you would normal jam! Top your porridge, spread on toast, stir through yogurt, sandwich cakes or just eat from the jar!

Well look at that Life Diet Health… two posts in a week and neither on your regular day! 😛

Let’s spread the love and share at Deborah’s plant based potluck (thanks for featuring my Vegan Chili this week) and at the all new Balanced & Healthy Living Link Up Party.

 

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  • toozesty 13th February 2016 at 20:31

    I never know what to do with chia seeds. But, I am cutting way back on sugar in my diet, so when I get a jam craving I will give this technique a try.

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    • Life Diet Health 13th February 2016 at 20:45

      Well done you on cutting back on sugar – only today I was having a conversation with a client about the dangers of too much sugar! This chia jam is very quick to make! I don’t even like real jam! (never have) as I find it much too sweet, but I have loads of uses for this delicious alternative! Chia seeds are also great to use as a thickener for example in pancake batters or sauces 🙂 Do come back and let me know what type of chia-jam you make! 🙂

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  • Lynz Real Cooking 13th February 2016 at 23:05

    Lovely

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  • Elaine @ foodbod 14th February 2016 at 07:17

    If I ate jam, I’d eat this 😉

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    • Life Diet Health 14th February 2016 at 16:05

      Thanks Elaine. Ooo (clap hands) I’ve just thought of something I can make which you can eat! 😀 Excited to experiment now but it’ll have to wait til the end of the week! Hope you’re having a great day 🙂

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  • Quirky Homemaker 17th February 2016 at 17:25

    I am really going to have to try this sometime! I’ve had chia before, but never actually made the jams before. Guess it’s time to buy it again and try it! Thank you for linking up again at the Balanced & Healthier Living Link Up Party. Hope to see you back again this week! It starts at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday!

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    • Life Diet Health 17th February 2016 at 23:11

      You should definitely make chia jam 🙂 it’s so quick and easy… Tasty too 🙂 I’ll be back to the party soon 🙂

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  • Deborah Smikle-Davis (@debsmikdav1) 18th February 2016 at 01:46

    I have been on a chia seed binge lately so I can’t wait to make this jam! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious Sugar Free Chia Jam at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

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    • Life Diet Health 20th February 2016 at 13:47

      Thanks Deborah 🙂 Chia is great isn’t it! 🙂 I had some delicious chia pancakes this morning! Once again, thanks for hosting such a great party! 😀 x

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  • Sophie33 29th February 2016 at 12:24

    I made this jam & smeared it on fresh home-made bread! Delightful it was & super yummy too on your pancakes & stirred through yoghurt!

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    • Life Diet Health 29th February 2016 at 15:44

      Sophie 🙂 Thank you 🙂 Did you make blueberry & apple or did you make something totally different?

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