Breakfast Jars feat. Chia Jam

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So let me be the first to say “OH MAN!” about these breakfast jars. I am always on the look out for ways to transport healthy, filling foods, and this recipe did NOT disappoint me. I was full from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm, and I am an eating machine. Thanks to some cinnamon vanilla steel cut oats  (the same as the Chocolate Steel Cut Oats, but without the chocolate and with vanilla and cinnamon, of course), Nutella, almond butter, and chia jam. Now I know what you’re thinking. “T, I don’t know how to make chia jam.” Well strap in, my friend, because I am about to take you on a ride. Click on through to join me.

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Chia jam is so easy and so yummy. And when I say easy, I mean this post is gonna be done real soon. You will need to gather 3 cups of frozen fruit, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and some chia seeds. You can also add a fruit juice of your choice, if you’d like – I added 1 cup of orange juice.

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Combine your fruit, vanilla, and lemon juice into a pot – this would also be the time to add your fruit juice if you are going to add any at all. Simmer down over medium heat until the fruit is soft, and then remove from heat. Mash with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender to create a smooth mixture.

Tip: For the love of all that is holy, unless you want a fruit explosion, do not place the not mixture into a regular blender to smooth it. The steam will build up against the seal of the blender and you will end up with a big (and potentially painful) mess.

When smooth, add and mix in your chia seeds – 3-4 tbsp if you’ve added no juice, 5-6 tbsp if you did add juice. You can modulate the amount of chia seeds depending on how thick you want your jam to be. Let it sit to thicken, stirring occasionally.

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Once your jam has reached your desired consistency, layer your ingredients into a 500 mL wide mouth mason jar (I got 12 for $12.50 at Walmart). This week I used the cinnamon vanilla steel cut oats, a tablespoon of Nutella, a heaping tablespoon (and that’s being gentle) of almond butter, some more oatmeal, and a healthy helping of chia jam. It keeps well in the fridge – I make mine on Sundays. Reheat in the microwave, covered with a paper towel, for 2 minutes on high. ENJOY.


RECIPE

Breakfast Jars feat. Chia Jam

Yield: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • Cooked steel cut oats, approx. 1.5 cups dry
  • Up to 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • Nutella
  • Nut butter of choice
  • 3 cups frozen fruit
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Optional: 1 cup fruit juice

Directions

  1. In a pot, combine 3 cups of frozen fruit with 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. 1 cup of fruit juice may be added here, optionally. Heat on medium heat, until the fruit is soft. Remove from heat.
  2. Mash or immersion blend the fruit until smooth.
  3. Add chia seeds (3-4 tbsp for no juice, 5-6 tbsp for with juice). Stir until combined. Let sit until desired thickness is reached.
  4. Layer a 500 mL wide mouth mason jar with your oatmeal, chia jam, Nutella, and nut butter as desired.
  5. ENJOY!

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