Friday, July 3, 2015

Strawberry Chia Spread

As I have become more aware of chia seed benefits, I have been looking for ways to eat them.  
These healthy little seeds need to be incorporated into my diet and I think this Strawberry Chia Spread will work just fine.. 

Strawberry Chia Spread

  • 2 cups of  strawberries, clean hulled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Clean and process your strawberries, removing stems, slice or chop.
Set a medium saucepan over medium heat and add water, strawberries, honey and salt.
Heat, stirring occasionally until it begins to boil. 
Let it continue to boil until it begins to break down the strawberries and forms a saucy consistency, 
you want it to reduce by half and not stick. 
If necessary, carefully mash fruit with a fork or masher until it reaches the consistency you'd like. 
Taste your spread and see if you want to add more honey. 
Add a little at a time until you hit the right sweetness for your taste.
Reduce heat some. Stir in the chia seeds and let cook for another two minutes. 
Do not walk away, stir constantly. Stir in vanilla extract.
Remove from heat, and let sit until thick, about 10 minutes. 
It will continue to thicken as it cools.
To store, place in an airtight jar, and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Can also be frozen.

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