The addition of the chia seeds is a nutritional bonus because the seeds add nutrients, fiber and protein to the berry jam. But the chia seeds are a key component of the jam in another way because they act as the thickening agent, eliminating the need for extra sugar.
Berry crumbles/crisps are one of my favorite desserts, especially in the heat of the summer, because the fruit takes center stage while a sweet and delicate oatmeal streusel tops it off. It offers the flavors of berry pie that I love but in a lighter and healthier form.
These yogurt pops are essentially a frozen version of our breakfast smoothies. I used a combination of frozen blueberries and blackberries. You can mix and match the fruit, yogurt and fruit juice of your choice.
It turns out that folding blackberry maple syrup into scone dough makes a very tasty breakfast. The resulting scones are sweet, moist and yummy plain or with jam.
My recent experiment making Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal for breakfast inspired me to mix up my morning oatmeal routine again. This time, I had some leftover chunky Blackberry Maple Syrup from our Mardi Gras pancake feast. My breakfast was so good that next time I'll be making the blackberry syrup specifically for my morning oatmeal!
Shrove Tuesday. Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras (literally "Fat Tuesday" in French). Pancake Day. No matter what your background is, today offers a fun excuse to have pancakes for dinner (something that was always one of my favorites when I was a kid). To celebrate, I made my buttermilk pancakes more festive with a chunky blackberry maple syrup.
I love this pie during summer and I love this pie during winter (when I'm dreaming of summer). The "little wild blackberries" are the perfect combination of tart and sweet. If you don't have wild Pacific blackberries you can use the berry of your choice.
It has been a summer tradition since I was a child to make these muffins with freshly-picked blackberries. Now I continue the tradition with my boys after we pick the berries on "blackberry hill."