2-Ingredient Raspberry Chia Jam

chia jamScreen Shot 2014-06-10 at 11.08.52 AM One of the things I missed most about having a wheat-allergy was toast. Every morning when I was younger revolved around bread – I remember my Dad making cinnamon sugar toast (hello butter, brown sugar and cinnamon) Clearly I don’t eat that delicious (yet unhealthy) breakfast item anymore. Breakfast is always served with a slice of toast or, several slices. When I learned about my wheat-allergy a couple years ago I really just gave up on bread for the most part. It was only recently that I actually began making/buying wheat-free bread options. Though I don’t have toast on a regular everyday basis, once in a while I feel like good ol’ PB+J on toast. 

I bought a loaf of wheat-free bread from Choices market that has been in the freezer (most gluten/wheat free breads are frozen to keep longer) for a couple months. I’ve slowly been eating away at it. Usually gluten/wheat-free breads are slightly smaller in size than regular loaves, but they’re also more dense so it makes up for its size. I bought O’Doughs Flax Loaf, a gluten/wheat-free company and I really love the texture of the bread. 

I love any sort of nut butter on toast – peanut butter and almond butter are my go-to, though Ive also tried sunflower seed butter too (sun butter). Of course you have to add a jam on top.

When Adam and I first moved in he made me toast one morning and put the jam on FIRST then put the Peanut Butter on TOP. It was a big gooey mess. I was perplexed at how someone didn’t know the correct order of events when making toast – the Peanut Butter goes on first and then the jam! He was a very finicky eater growing up (pasta with no sauce type of kid… lets say a LOT has changed since we began dating) So, I had to show him the ways of how to properly put together a peanut butter and jam slice of toast, including not to skimp on either the PB or J. 

I have to laugh every time I see this image on Instagram:

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The best thing about this 2-Ingredient Raspberry Chia See Jam is you will never have to run out of jam – I promise. I always keep at least 3 bags of frozen raspberries in the freezer (along with frozen blueberries or mixed berries). It’s the same reason I love drinking Almond Milk instead of regular milk – you will always have another one handy because they don’t need to be refrigerated (until opened). 

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The jam is quick, healthy and refined sugar free. Raspberries are also an amazing little powerhouse filled with antioxidants and vitamins, along with being low calorie and low sugar. Swapping out store-bought jam for this homemade option means a healthier breakfast. Spread it on toast, or waffles, pancakes, crepes etc.  

Seriously, you need to make this ‘recipe’ – I hesitate to call it a recipe seeing as how it is so easy, and only 2-ingredients.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
A quick and healthy jam to spread on all your breakfast items.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen raspberries
  2. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add frozen raspberries to microwave proof bowl, heat for 1-2 minutes until warmed and berries easily pop when stirred.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds and let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon onto toast!
  3. Another way to cook (for larger amount as well): over medium pot, heat until berries are warmed and cook down. Stir in chai seeds and cook another couple of minutes. Remove from heat, bring to room temperature, then store in fridge to thicken.
Notes
  1. Keep in fridge for 2-3 days.
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Happy Birthday to us!

Today is my birthday and my (step)sisters birthday! Say whaaat? Yup – we’re born on the same day, one year apart. Even better? We have the same name! Alysha & Alicia

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This will be the first year in 5 years we haven’t celebrated together! We’ll be celebrating from afar and then reunite in the summer for another celebration!

Also, it’ll be the first time in 5 years Adam and I haven’t been together for my birthday, however he gets home next week and we’re going away on a fun little vacation. 

I got an early birthday surprise this week with a sneak preview from our engagement photo shoot with my lovely friend Ainsley Rose Photography!

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Adam left me a little card before he left to be opened on my birthday – I thought it was pretty funny that it was almost exactly like our engagement photo sneak peak!

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Off to spend my birthday with Kindergarteners, and then dinner with the family!

 

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