This delicious, quick, and easy Berry Chia Compote is a plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, antioxidant-packed treat that can be added to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, or even served over ice-cream for a sweet treat.
Berry Chia Compote
If we’re friends on Instagram, you already know what a passionate gardener I am. For the majority of the year, my husband and I devote our spare time to nurturing and growing our fruit and vegetable gardens in order to consume as much fresh, sustainably grown food as possible.
Late in the summer, we spend a lot of time canning, preserving and freezing produce so that we can have nutritious food from our backyard all year long.
Aside from canning, or making blackberry jam, one of my favorite way to preserve our homegrown strawberries and blueberries is to make a simple berry chia compote.
I love this recipe because not only is it simple to make, but it has no added sugar, so it is a more nutritious alternative to traditional jams, jellies, and syrups traditionally used to top or sweeten our favorite dishes.
Treats Are Meant to Be Enjoyed
While I am always encouraging the consumption of more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for better health, I am also encouraging women to focus on mindful eating and moderation.
It is unrealistic to assume anyone could live their whole life, or in my case a week, without ice cream. As I always say, when we think about food, its more important to focus on quality, not quantity.
Ice cream toppings are great, but they’re not always great for us.
Replacing traditional ice cream toppings with fruit compote is a simply delicious way to reduce the amount of sugar consumed while also proving additional dietary fiber, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds. This tasty topping also helps to increase your consumption of fruits and seeds.
- 3 cups blackberries
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the berries, water, honey, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir well and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, stir in the chia seeds, stirring well to ensure they do not clump.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Let cool before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g