Breakfast Chia Bowls with Homemade Jam and Granola

I’m sitting here, actually eating this now, in my dining room surrounded by boxes, every piece of bedding we own, and a selection of kitchen appliances. As you could guess, it’s moving week! We spent all day yesterday packing up our apartment to get ready to move into our first house; I’m pretty excited right about now.

Yesterday, we also installed the car seat! We thought it was about time considering he will be full term in just one short week and could literally come at any time. Let me just tell you, I am glad I don’t have to sit in my passenger seat often and I feel really bad for whoever does. Jeeps are compact, they don’t really accommodate rear-facing car seats very well. That being said, the passenger seat now has about a half a foot of leg room. maybe.

So I found this recipe on PaleOMG, which I have been obsessed over lately. I love her site and she has the best selection of paleo recipes to choose from! If you’ve never cooked with chia seeds before, you need to try it. Just take my word for it. I made a granola with dried blueberries, as well as a paleo jam that seriously tastes like the real thing and makes me wonder why on earth I’ve been making the sugar-filled version all this time. Here’s the recipe for the bowl, including links to the jam and the granola.

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Chocolate Protein Chia Bowl

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Time: 6-8hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

½ cup brewed coffee, chilled
1 cup almond milk
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Toppings (Fruit, unsweetened coconut, almond/coconut milk, granola, paleo jam)

Instructions

  1. Blend brewed coffee, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, protein powder, cocoa powder and maple syrup in a blender.
  2. Add chia seed, then pour into a large jar. Shake/stir to make sure chia seeds float freely. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3+ hours (Works best if you re-shake jar after about 30 minutes, then leave overnight).
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl. Heat if desired, and add your choice of toppings, such as granola, jam or fresh fruit.

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Fruit Jam

  • Servings: 1-8 oz jar
  • Time: 10-20min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

2 cups frozen raspberries (you could try other berries)
1 cup fresh blueberries (I used frozen)
⅔ cup honey
juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add frozen raspberries to cook until they are heated up and juice begins to come out from the berries.
  2. Add blueberries, honey and lemon juice.
  3. Mix well and cook for about 5-7 minutes then reduce heat and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until berries have fully exploded and everything has broken down into a well combined mixture.
  4. If you want a thicker jam, let mixture simmer on low for about an hour.

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Blueberry Granola

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup coconut oil (or other oil)
½ cup raw honey
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried fruit (I used blueberries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large microwavable bowl, except the fruit and mix well.
  3. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper
  4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to help it not burn.
  5. When you pull it out of the oven, mix in dried fruit and Let cool.
  6. Eat as cereal with some almond milk, or topping of a breakfast bowl.

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