Good-for-your-gut jam

No, I’m not American, but this morning I had a craving for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sugary jam isn’t exactly good for your gut, though. In fact, it’s not great for much except an imminent sugar crash.

As it happened, I had a punnet of strawberries in the fridge that had seen better days. They became the base of this sugar-free jammy jam, but other berries would work just as well. The linseeds offer a good dose of essential omega 3 fatty acids.

Serve as a jam, or dollop a spoonful on top of your morning oats.

Sugar-free jam

  • 1 cup x strawberries, stalks removed (or another berry of choice)
  • A good splash of water or lemon juice
  • A few drops of liquid stevia
  • 2 TBSP x freshly ground linseeds (chia seeds will work too)

Instructions

If you have a small enough saucepan (I use the tall narrow one that comes with my milk frother), you can add the ingredients straight into the pan and blend using a stick blender. A bigger saucepan won't offer enough depth for blending, though. If that's all you have, pre-blend the ingredients before popping them in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Cook the mixture until it starts to bubble up, then lower the heat and whisk until it thickens. This may happen straight away, or it could take a few minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool before serving. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

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