At Frog Hollow we’re grateful to be based in beautiful West Sussex, and we make the most of all the local bounty on our doorstep whenever we can.
You’ll find that we adapt the ingredients we use in our superfood cakes and energy bites to make the most of the delicious fresh produce on hand from season to season. It helps to tantalise your taste buds and by reducing our food miles whenever we can, we’re also doing our bit to preserve the planet!
Whilst strawberry season may be coming to an end, there is still some deliciously soft, ripe fruit out there, and it’s often these berries that are the best to make jam with. If you’ve been out walking the downs lately, you’ll have noticed the hedgerows are bursting with delicious blackberries; and while the rain may have dampened the spirits during the last few days of the school holidays, it will have done wonders to plump up the freebie fruit that’s available with just a little foraging!
So, once you’ve got the kids on the school bus this week why not take some time for yourself again? Start with a stroll through the countryside. Pack your Tupperware with energy bites to fuel your steps, then fill that container with very berry goodness on the way home. To spur you on in your quest for Sussex bounty here’s my recipe for all natural, bursting with berries chia jam…
Fruit Chia Jam
- 125g fresh or frozen berries, (defrosted). Use blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, or any other berries you have.
- 3 medjool dates – pitted
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and whizz until completely broken down. Leave for 10 minutes for the chia seeds to become gelatinous and then whizz briefly a second time to finish.
- Keep refrigerated and serve with scones, on toast or sandwiched between the layers of a cake!
Don’t forget to check the archives for my healthy scone recipe, perfect as a base for your berry jam, they are free from wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugar.