Mixed Berry and Chia Jam

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam

In a bid to cut down on refined sugar (really hard when you love baking so much!!) I came across this recipe for a sugar free jam. It’s very easy to make and it tastes really good too.

With this Chia Jam being sugar free it’s a great plus and alternative to regular jam but the mixed berries are great for you too. They have lots of antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C. And then there’s the Chia Seeds. They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and protein. So I reckon this little pot of jam is bit of a Superfood!

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam in jar

I have putting it on my Wholemeal Date Scones and I also put on my plain or natural yoghurt for breakfast in the morning.

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam on Scones

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam on yoghurt

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam

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Sugar free jam
Servings
1 jar
Cook Time
15 mins

Servings
1 jar
Cook Time
15 mins

Mixed Berry and Chia Jam

Print Recipe

Sugar free jam
Servings
1 jar
Cook Time
15 mins

Servings
1 jar
Cook Time
15 mins

Instructions
  1. Cook berries in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 mins or until berries release their juices.

  2. Reduce heat to low and add chia seeds and syrup, cook, stirring occassionally for about 6 minutes or until thickened slightly.

  3. Stir in rind, juice and vanilla seeds and take off the heat.

  4. Allow to cool.

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School Lunch Box Ideas

Lunch Box Collage

It’s nearly that time of year where we get ready to send our kids back to school for another year.

This is my first year sending my daughter off to school. I can’t believe my baby girl is starting Kindergarten. It’s such a big milestone in all our lives. I think we’re all a bit nervous but excited at the same time.

So what am I going to make her for lunch? I’ve been having a look on Pinterest and it seems that a Vegemite sandwich and some fruit doesn’t cut it these days. You can be a lot more creative and healthy these days with insulated lunch boxes and groovy little containers for your yoghurt etc. My daughter’s school even has a fridge in each classroom! There was none of that my day.

Anyway, I have been making lunches for her for preschool last year but I have to get creative now for five days a week of school and they don’t have a canteen either which I think is a bit strange so there’s no choice but to make to healthy homemade lunches. Not such a bad thing at all.

Here’s a few ideas I’ve found which are healthy and easy to make. I don’t think I’m going to have time to get the cookie cutters out and make funny faces and the like. As cute as that is, I’m just not sure it’s feasible.

I love these Pizza Pinwheels from Simple as that Blog. I think I might try these. You can make a batch and freeze them. I like idea of a wrap on this post too. I think my daughter will like them.

Pizza Pinwheels

I like the idea of these skewers from
What Lisa Cooks. Fruit would be good too.

Cheese Skewers

I love these fruit roll ups by Our Best Bites. They look very easy to make.

Fruit Roll Ups

My Banana and Blueberry Muffins are always a hit. I make them in mini size sometimes and freeze them.

Banana and Blueberry Muffins stacked

These recipes from Create Bake Make look great.

Create Bake Make Lunchbox recipes

Home Made Muesli Bars by Bake Play Smile.

Bake Play Smile Homemade Muesli Bars

These Ham and Corn Muffins from The Organised Housewife would be a good alternative to a sandwich.

The Organised Housewife Ham and Corn Muffins

Wholemeal Date Scones

Wholemeal Date Scones

I’ve been trying out a few healthier bakes lately and I was very happy with how these Wholemeal Date Scones out. They use wholemeal flour and no sugar. There is some natural sugar in the dates but you could leave them out if you wanted to.

Truth be told I have only recently learnt how to make the perfect scone. Mum’s been making them for years so I had a few lessons and now they turn out perfectly.

Wholemeal Date Scones

So what’s the secret? Firstly, the oven has to be very hot so make sure it’s at 220 degrees before you’re ready to put them in.

Work quickly. Have all your ingredients out, the baking tray lined, oven on and at the right temperature. Don’t work the dough too much either. Just bring it together on your work surface and flatten slightly and quickly cut them and get them in the oven.

Also put them all close together on the tray so they are touching. Then when they come out of the oven wrap them in a clean tea towel. Serve warm with some butter or jam and cream.

Wholemeal Date Scones

So that’s how we do it in my family. It does take some practice but once you master it, you can whip up a batch in no time.

Wholemeal Date Scones

Wholemeal Date Scones

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Servings Prep Time
12 Scones 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Servings Prep Time
12 Scones 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Wholemeal Date Scones

Print Recipe

Servings Prep Time
12 Scones 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Servings Prep Time
12 Scones 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: Scones

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl put the flour, baking powder, salt and butter. Rub together with your fingertips until it is fine and crumbly.

  3. Add the dates and stir through.

  4. Add 200 ml of cream and mix through with a butter knife. The dough should be quite wet. If not, add a little more cream until it comes together to form a dough.

  5. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently bring together and flatten out slightly.

  6. Using a cookie cutter to cut rounds out of the dough and put onto a lined baking tray. Be sure to put the scones close together.

  7. Brush lightly with some milk and bake for about 10 – 15 mins or until golden brown on top.

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