I know I promised I would post the recipes here every time I post a new recipe on my blog’s new home … but it’s getting away from me … so much to do with the transfer of domains and all the other things going on in my life … I did export and import all of the email subscribers from here over to there … are you getting emails from my new blog? If not, please go add your email address on my new blog: www.SumptuousSpoonfuls.com … seriously, please, go now! I don’t want to lose you.
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It’s National Coffee Day … I intended to make it to the coffee shop this morning to buy myself a fancy coffee, but then I got busy with other things … When I finally got home this afternoon, I still had a craving for coffee. I opened the fridge and there sat a pot of cold coffee that my son had made. It’s very warm (almost summer-ish!) for late September, so I decided a peppermint mocha slushie would be a fitting way to celebrate the occasion.
If I had thought ahead, I would have frozen some coffee ice cubes. Oh well, it was still delicious.
Skinny Peppermint Mocha Slushie
- 1/2 cup coffee, brewed double strength, then chilled
- 1 cup 2% lowfat milk (or fat free half and half would be even creamier … I am sure almond or coconut or soy milk would work fine for this too)
- 3 teaspoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tablespoons Stevia in the raw
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- several fresh mint leaves (if you have them)
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups crushed ice (or frozen coffee)
Pour everything into a blender and blend till it’s a nice smooth, slushie texture. Add more ice if needed to get it to the desired thickness.
I found this recipe on the blog Eating Bird Food and I was so intrigued by it. Could you really make jam without cooking, with no pectin and no sugar? Yes, you can! The chia seeds work so well as a thickener and they don’t need to be cooked at all; they just start thickening as soon as you add the liquid. And if you’re intimidated by making jam or canning it, you can skip all of that with this super simple jam!
If you’re not familiar with chia seeds, here’s a little background I found on Eating Bird Food:
“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I’ve read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.” – Quoted from Dr.Weil
Chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid (the good kind of fat), protein, antioxidants, fiber, potassium and magnesium. 1 Tablespoon of dry seeds have about 60 calories, 5 g of Fat, 6 g of Carbohydrate, 6 g of Fiber, and 3 g of Protein. They do add a little crunch to the things you put them in, but with strawberry jam, you normally expect a little crunch from the berry seeds, so the crunch from the chia seeds isn’t even noticeable. (Not that it’s a bad thing anyway, I really love the tiny crunch of chia seeds in everything I’ve tried them in so far!)
No-cook Strawberry Chia Jam
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Honey, to taste (or other sweetener, like stevia … I used 3 teaspoons honey)
- If you are using frozen strawberries, let them thaw. Mash the strawberries with a fork or blend them. If you are using fresh berries like I did, unless they’ve gotten very ripe and mushy, you will probably have to blend them because they don’t mash very well.
- Mix in the chia seeds, vanilla, water and honey (or other sweetener). Use the honey or sweetener to suit your own taste. I found just 3 teaspoons of honey gave it just a light sweetness and it let the fresh strawberry taste shine through, but it definitely isn’t as sweet as your typical jam.
- Cover the jam and put it in the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes to thicken.
That’s it! Your jam is ready to use once it has thickened up. Keep it in the fridge in a covered container and use it just like you would any other jam.
I created this post for Berrylicious. Look at these other lovely berrylicious posts!
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- Hani, Haniela’s – Red Currant Meringue Cake
- Katrina, In Katrina’s Kitchen – Frozen Blueberry Basil Lemonade Pies
- Sue, Munchkin Munchies – English Matrimonials
- Bia, Rich and Sweet – Blueberry Blackberry Orange Streusel Scones
- Sam, Sams Kitchen – Eton Mess Mini Cheesecakes
- Sherron, Simply Gourmet Photography – Mulberry Syrup
- Ann, Sumptuous Spoonfuls – Strawberry Chia Jam
- Karen, Trilogy Edibles – Meringue Nest with a Bumbleberry Compote