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

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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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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

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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

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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Sweet Mustard Pickle Dip

Sweet Mustard Pickle Dip 1

As entertaining season is upon us I thought I would share with you another family recipe. This dip is so easy. It only has two ingredients so you can whip it up at a moments notice if you have guests coming over or if they pop in unexpectedly.

It may seem a bit strange I guess to combine the two. I must admit the first few times my mum served it up to me I was a bit skeptical but I love it now and so do my kids surprisingly. Although, they like anything with sour cream in it!

All you have to do is combine sour cream and Sweet Mustard Pickle in a bowl and it’s done.  

Sweet Mustard Pickle Dip 2




Sweet Mustard Pickle Dip

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Easy two ingredient dip
Prep Time
5 mins

Prep Time
5 mins

Sweet Mustard Pickle Dip

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Easy two ingredient dip
Prep Time
5 mins

Prep Time
5 mins

Ingredients

Servings:

Instructions
  1. Combine sour cream and sweet mustard pickle together in a bowl.
    Transfer to serving dish.

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