Chia Seed Jam

Sometimes you wake up and you fancy oats with a jam, or even jam on toast. It made me realise that sometimes it’s the simple things in your everyday life, which although you may have on a regular basis is usually the best.

I did not want to recreate such a classic stable in everyones cupboard but when I realised how many addictive, artificial flavours and added sugar in one supermarket shop jar I felt obliged to recreate a healthier version.

This recipes does create a lot so if you are only looking for a spoonful, I suggest storing this in the fridge after use. Below is one whole serving on top of ginger oats, which you can barely see:

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This recipe is also very adaptable, one could use blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and more. So I recommend getting creative with this one even adding spices. Below is my ginger raspberry chia seed jam:

Difficulty: Easy

140g raspberries (or any berry for that matter)

1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

1 teaspoon of Ginger

On the stove add the berries of your choice until partly stewed. Then remove from the heat and add the tablespoon of chia seeds and the teaspoon of spice. Leave to rest for around 15-20 minutes in the fridge and then serve or if you like it a thicker consistency leave overnight.

 

 

 

 

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Spiced Carrot Oats

I do literally live of oats. You can do so much with the simple humble ingredient which is also inexpensive, gluten free, low in saturated fat, high in fiber and its filling. Oats can be so simple to make either with water or plant based milk there is very little one can do to make it go wrong.

However, as my obsession with oats grew so did my need to spice them up and add different ingredients. I never considered vegetables in my breakfast until I came up with this incredible little recipe. This recipe is quite like carrot cake so it feels indulgent but its a super healthy alternative.

I always recommend doing oats on the stove or hob rather than the microwave but obviously when in a rush this is a convenient option.

DSC_0382Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 1

80g Rolled Oats

250ml of water or plant based milk (Almond works well here but I usually do half milk and half water)

One medium carrot (grated or spiralized)

1 teaspoon of ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

30g raisins

Optional: 15g of walnut halves for the topping (or another other nut, I usually use whole almonds)

Simply add the oats, carrots, raisins and the milk or water to the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on a medium heat until they are hot and creamy.

Just before they reach this stage, I usually add the cinnamon and ginger so the spices are tasted throughout.

I tend to use organic rolled porridge oats but some types of oats will take a longer period of time to cook and will need a higher volume of liquid.

Give the mixture a good stir and pour into a bowl and enjoy topped with your favourite nuts.

If you try the recipe please tag me it in on my instagram @firststepstorunning.

Ellie