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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam

26 May

We love jam around here.

If you ask my little one what she wants to eat you will undoubtedly hear “yoghurt & jam”

But as her Mama I know that what she really means is, “can I have some yoghurt with my jam?”. She would eat straight jam by the  bowl full if only her pesky Mama would let her.

So in a quest to keep the little one stocked up in jam & to use up some Kiwi fruit that was languishing in the fruit bowl I created our Kiwi fruit Jam recipe. Which turned out absolutely, suprisingly scrummy. This jam is delicate & sweet with just the right amount of tang – it is so more-ish, you too will be having a little bit of yoghurt with your jam 🙂

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Sugar Free Kiwi Fruit & Chia Seed Jam a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 6 apples
  • 8 ripe kiwifruit
  • 1 t lime rind
  • 3/4 c water
  • 2 sticks of stevia
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 2 T chia seeds

Peel, core & quarter your apples place them in a pot with your 3/4 c of water & lime rind, let it start to simmer. Peel & quarter your kiwifruit & add them to the pot. When all of your fruit is cooked through, pour your mix into a blender to puree or use a stick blender to make a smooth paste. Add your stevia to taste & return your fruit puree back to the stove for a further 10 – 15 minutes simmer time to get the flavours to infuse. Then remove your fruit puree from the heat, add your vanilla essence & chia seeds & stir through. Pour the mix into sterilised jars & leave out on the bench to cool. Once cool refrigerate & leave overnight for the Chia seeds to do their work & turn your puree into jam.

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Enjoy yummy, creamy smooth, fresh tangy jam.

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Easy healthy frozen yoghurt ice cream

21 May

Looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream?

Then I have the answer for you. Its super easy to make & delicious!

This ice cream requires no cooking, simply mix & let your ice cream maker do all the hard work while you wait poised with bowl & spoon, ready to devour icy, creamy, raspberry heaven.

I know that the weather is starting to cool down in our neck of the woods, but in our house we would have ice cream 365 days a year – rain. hail or shine. So if its too cold for you to eat ice cream, that just means you need to bake a cake or an apple pie to serve with it, problem solved 🙂

raspberry-yoghurt-ice-cream

This recipe is a great way to use up your homemade yoghurt (or to convince your kids to consume more yoghurt). You can make a million flavour variations depending on what jam concoctions you have lying around.

This ice cream will taste good to your “little one’s” & still satisfy us “not-so-little-ones”. And it is good for you to boot with its the natural probiotics from the cultured yoghurt, goodness of the fruit & who can forget about those magic little nutritional bursts from the chia seeds.

So its really not such a naughty treat after all!!

Healthy frozen yoghurt a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

Prepare your ice cream maker as per instructions. I have an old freeze & churn ice cream machine, it does mean you have to plan in advance as it takes over 24 hours to freeze, but it does the job 🙂

In a bowl mix your yoghurt, rapadurra sugar, vanilla extract & stevia. Pour into your ice cream maker & start it churning. Once it begins to form soft serve add your raspberry & chia seed jam & let it continue to churn until fully frozen. I add the jam later in the churning process as if you don’t churn it too much you can end up with a raspberry ribbon – yum!

I have used rapadurra sugar in this recipe but you can replace it with a sweetener you prefer or even with  ripe bananas if you prefer. I use rapadurra sugar now as the reports on Agave syrup are not good, it would seem it is not the health food it is touted to be, but a high fructose cocktail that is no better than refined sugar. So for now Stevia & Rapadurra are my sugar’s of choice. But I make no promises that as I become more informed that this won’t change  – but I will share my thoughts with you as I make these changes.

So what are you waiting for, go forth & make frozen yoghurt.

What is your favourite frozen treat to make?

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Sugar Free Raspberry, Apple & Chia Seed Jam

22 Apr

When we decided to go sugar free, I thought we had to kiss jam goodbye!!

No more jam on toast, no more sticky sweet fruit confection to put ontop of our homemade yoghurt!

That was until we started playing around with chia seeds, the little gems of goodness are not only super good for you, but they also work as a thickening agent so you can make 100% fruit jam without any SUGAR!!

100% pure fruit jam with no hidden nasties, no preservatives, thickening agents, flavour enhances, just 100% pure goodness and with the addition of Chia seeds you could almost call your jam a Super Food……..Almost.

This jam is seriously good. The apple base makes it nice & sweet, the raspberries add gorgeous zesty flavour, the lemon gives it a tiny bit of bite & the mint gives the jam an extra fresh zing.

You will find yourself eating it straight from the jar….

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Sugar Free Raspberry, Apple & Chia Seed Jam a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 300gm Apples (aprox 6 medium apples)
  • 250gm Raspberries
  • 1 t lemon rind
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 stick stevia
  • 1 T agave syrup
  • 2 –  3 sprigs mint
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 T Chia Seeds

Peel & core your apples. Place the apples in a saucepan with the raspberries, lemon rind & water & cook over a low heat until the apples start to fall apart & are well cooked. Take the saucepan off the heat & add the washed mint leaves & blitz it in a food processor or with a stick blender. Once your apples & raspberry mix is smooth, add all the other ingredients  & return to the saucepan to simmer slowly for another five minutes. Pour into your jars & leave on the bench to cool as the Chia seeds can take several hours to a day to swell & create the jelly consistency of your jam.

yoghurt-&-jam

This jam not only tastes great, but with the addition of the Chia Seeds, I think its almost a Super Food!!

Whats so Great about Chia Seeds?

  • Chia seeds are gluten free
  • Super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
  • They contain 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
  • They are 20% protein
  • The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
  • They are high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
  • They contain five times more calcium than milk
  • They contain seven times more vitamin C than oranges
  • They contain three times more iron than spinach
  • They have twice the potassium content of banana
  • They have a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)

So what are you waiting for, get a pot on the stove & get making your very own Superfood Jam

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