The best way to savor that fresh fruit flavor long after the season ends? Preserve it! This quick chia jam can be easily frozen to enjoy this summer’s juicy peach goodness for the rest of the year. A little maple sweetness and a pinch of peppery heat is going to make breakfast even more addicting.
Sweet 'n' Spicy Peach Chia Jam
A little maple sweetness and a pinch of peppery heat is going to make breakfast even more addicting with this quick chia jam. Whether spread on toast, stirred into oatmeal, enjoyed with a little vegan cheese and wine, it will definitely not last long!
2 ripe medium peaches, diced (about 1 c)
1/4 c water
2 T maple syrup
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 T chia seeds
Add peaches and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peaches are soft and broken down.
Roughly mash peaches to consistency desired. Add maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and chia seeds. Stir to combine.
Continue to cook on low heat until jam thickens from the chia seeds, about 5-10 minutes.
Pour jam into a mason jar and let cool.
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Per serving: 38 kcal, 8 g carbs, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 1 mg sodium, 7 g sugar
I almost bought a box of cereal the other day. I haven’t bought a box of cereal in years. But I was out of granola and really wanted something crunchy to top my daily smoothies. I talked myself out of the cereal and came home and whipped up a cozy batch of spicy, seedy granola instead. Granola is SO EASY. Oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, sweetener, binder. Bake. Done. The trick is finding the right mix of flavors so it doesn’t taste like a bowl of baked oats. I’ve been on a chai kick after making Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Chai Lattes last week, so I played around with a superfood mix of seeds and spices. This one is definitely a keeper! Perfect on top of smoothie bowls or as cereal with a splash of almond milk.
Chai-Spiced Seedy Granola
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 1/4 c hemp seeds
- 1/4 c ground flaxseed
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 c applesauce
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/2 c dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, seeds, nuts, and spices in a bowl. Stir well.
- In a separate bowl, mix applesauce and maple syrup together. Add to seed mixture until everything is evenly coated.
- Spread mixture evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden. Let cool in pan. Add cranberries and mix together, breaking granola into clumps.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Per serving (1/2 c): 276 kcal, 29 g carbs, 15 g fat, 8 g protein, 109 mg sodium, 13 g sugars
Unlike most runners, I am a sweaty mess after even a quick 5 mile run in the mornings. It doesn’t matter if I am out in the humid Texas pre-dawn weather, or in an air-conditioned gym. Most mornings I come home looking like I just jumped in the pool. To top it off, I am a very salty sweater, meaning both water and electrolytes are a necessity the rest of the day to get me back to my normal, functioning self.
This smoothie may not look the best (thanks to the pink watermelon and green jalapeno combo), but I promise you it is the perfect refreshing, post-workout drink. It also packs a big afternoon kick to keep you going through the post-lunch slump. With the heat from the jalapeno, hydrating cucumber and watermelon, fizzy kombucha, and added electrolytes, this drink is the perfect pick-me-up to get you through the day.
Spicy Watermelon Cooler
- Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
I get a bottle of Kosmic Kombucha in each of my CSA deliveries. The Salty Dog flavor has grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices in it, along with ginger and salt (perfect for post-run hydration). Feel free to substitute any citrus and ginger flavored kombucha of choice.
You could also substitute lemon or lime juice for the electrolyte hydrator. I would suggest a pinch of salt and a splash of OJ as well.
Per Serving: 216 kcal, 42 g carbs, 4 g fat, 6 g protein, 105 mg sodium, 34 g sugar