Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Acai Berry Jam

Let's just say that jellies and jams aren't something that typically grace our home...all of that poor, over-cooked fruit that's stripped of its nutrients, then forced to be hidden behind mountains of sugar...no thanks.  At times, I'd get to feeling guilty that my kids would never experience the bliss of a real PBandJ...(we typically don't eat PB either...usually go with Almond Butter or Sun Butter)...but I could never justify giving it to them...until now!  This no-cook jam is made from a potent super-food, and is super easy to make!  Thank you www.juliemorris.net for this INCREDIBLE recipe!

I would HIGHLY recommend you make a double batch of this recipe...you're going to LOVE the flavor, and more than that, you're going to LOVE the noticeable energy you feel after eating it!

2 T. chia seeds
½ c. apple juice (freshly juiced is best)
2 T. acai powder
2 T. agave nectar
1 T. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

-mix the chia seeds with the apple juice, and let set for 15-20 minutes, until it forms a soft gel.
-add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and let set for another 30 minutes (I actually put my in the fridge for better results)

-DONE!  Can you believe it???  Now, if you're jam hasn't set up the way you want it, try adding an extra T. of the chia seeds, mix and let set for another 20 minutes.

This kind of resembles boysenberry preserves.  It has a really nice tart taste, with just the right amount of sweetness!  If you like yours a little sweeter, add 1 more T. of agave!  Oh, and by the way...the seeds are NOTHING like blackberry or raspberry seeds...so don't freak out when you look at all of them in the jam!  They add subtle texture, but don't get stuck in your teeth!  They're MUCH softer!

Here is what Julie has to say about the health aspects of this jam!  (It'll make you love it even more!):

This jam is dense with nutrition, low in sugar, full of whole superfoods, and completely unprocessed. Featuring two all-star superfoods – acai and chia – it’s a fantastic way to sneak extra antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vital micronutrients into any diet. Acai’s soft berry flavor results in a mild-tasting jam, which is as versatile as it is delicious.

(This text was taken from www.juliemorris.net)

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