Apple & Rhubarb Chia Jam

 

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We are still being blessed with an abundance of fruit! Im so grateful and definitely making the most of it! I needed a way to preserve my pomegranate a little while longer and the most simple refined sugar free jam came to mind. The fruit lend all their natural flavour and sweetness then chia binds it and makes it all jammy in only 3 steps!!!


Ingredients:

3 stalks of rhubarb
half an apple
juice of 2 oranges
zest from one
one pomegranate
4 tbsp hibiscus syrup (hibiscus infused agave)
stevia
chia seeds

Method:
1. Stew the rhubarb and apple in the hibiscus syrup, juice and zest of 2 oranges until it reduces.
2. Add pomegranate and stevia and cook for a few more minutes.
3. Add half the chia seeds, blitz with immersion blender add the rest of the chia seeds and leave to thicken then transfer the fridge when cool.

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Ultimate hot chocolate

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Warm drinks in winter are honestly my best friend.
Hot chocolate is just unbeatable and I have cultivated some amazing vegan combinations.
Starting with a simple superfood base formula:

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk
1 TBSP raw cacao powder
a pinch of cinnamon
a few drops of vanilla extract
a pinch of himalayan pink salt
Stevia

Simply whisk all the ingredients together whilst heating in a saucepan on the stove top.

Sea salt and dark chocolate is a great combo so experiment with adding a little more himalayan sea salt for extra minerals.

One of my favourite additions to hot chocolate has to be spicy cayenne pepper, add in a tiny bit at a time until you reach your heat threshold. I almost don’t have one these days. For a super nurturing, detoxifying and comforting drink.

We have been blessed recently with abundant citrus trees around my neighbourhood, beautiful mandarins which I have used for all sorts of things including body scrubs and massage oils to raw deserts and now hot chocolate. Simply grate in a little orange or mandarin zest and a pinch of ginger powder for a luxurious beverage.

I almost forgot how much I loved dark chocolate and ginger until recently! Grated fresh ginger plus a pinch of ginger powder add a beautiful flavour and depth to the rich cacao that is both soothing and anti-inflammatory for your system.

G x