Blackberry Chia Jam and Almond Loaf (Vegan/ low -sugar)

I have baked another loaf! It is starting to become a little of a signature dish on my page! I just love the convenience of the bread/loaf tin and I have many recipe ideas for some yummy loaves. 

Yesterday was a runny Sunday and there is nothing better to do than baking on a day like this. I have been craving some chia jam and I thought I would make blackberry chia jam as blackberry jam used to be my favourite. If you haven't tried chia jam before I highly recommend you try it and not just for the loaf. it is delicious on toast and on porridge too! 

Apart from baking I have been busy searching for a new home in our new town but so far no luck. We have meet a few lovely mums and kiddies so far and the twins are enjoying their new life. They have really progressed with their vocabulary (in both French and English) lately.

Blackberry Chia Jam and Almond Loaf:

Blackberry chia jam:

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blackberries (I used frozen sadly)
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  1. In a pot, cook the blackberries with the water on medium heat until they become soft.
  2. Crush them with the back of a spoon and add in the vanilla, maple syrup and chia seeds. Turn off the heat and leave to set in a jar. 
  • 1 cup of wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour
  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1 cup of nut milk
  • 1/4 cup of stevia or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of chia jam

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. In a bowl mix the nut milk, baking powder and apple cider vinegar. Leave for a minute.
  3. Add in the flour, almond meal, oats, sweetener and vanilla. 
  4. Mix all together and pour into your tin.
  5. Top with dollops of chia jam and mix through with a knife. 
  6. Cook for 45-60 minutes at 175 degree.
I tried to make some swirls but failed. Maybe you will have better luck than me!

Let me know if you make this blackberry chia jam and almond loaf by tagging me on Instagram @healthyfrenchwife! thanks xx


Healthy Toddler Snack Ideas

My top 10 Toddler Snacks

As a nutrition student and mum I try to feed my twins healthy wholesome food that is mostly homemade. But I know sometimes life gets a bit too busy and kids go from not being hungry to being starving to death in about 1 second without any warning! My little boy James is always hungry so I carry in my bag a million snacks. I try to change them up often so they get a variety of foods and nutrients and keep it interesting for them.

  • Fruit – obviously fruits are a God’ send when it comes to practical snacks that kids love. Bananas even come in their own wrappers haha the twins usually either have banana, strawberries, blueberries or apples. I limit their fruit intake to 2 servings a day so they don’t just fill up on fruit! They also like cut up watermelon, melon, mandarines, raspberries and pineapple.
  • Nuts (Careful as nuts can be chocking hazards). My twins don’t have nut allergies so we eat roasted cashews (unsalted and with no added oil), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.
  • Pop corn – the natural kind not the buttery salted kind! Pop corn can be a chocking hazard too so be careful.
  • Bliss Balls- the twins love their bliss balls. I make them full of nuts, seeds, oats, a few dates or goji berries and chia seeds, cacao … I have a few recipes in my Healthy Little Tummies Recipe ebook including a low sugar and a nut-free recipe!
  • Dried fruits – In moderation sultanas and other dried fruits like dried figs and dried apricots are a great portable snack. I try to be mindful of the portion size when giving them dried fruits as they can pack up a lot of sugar. I usually limit it to 10 sultanas or 2 dried figs or 2 dried apricots each and something else with it.
  • Legumes – Chickpeas or edamame beans. This might be a very weird snack but my kiddies love chickpeas and enjoy snacking on them straight from a can! Saves me when I don’t have anything else! Plus packs a lot of plant-based protein and fiber. They also enjoy them roasted.
  • Crackers – I give them puffed rice cakes or brown rice crackers with no nasties. They like them and it makes them happy and it makes my life as a mum a lot easier! I try to limit them to every few days as I feel like they would just eat crackers all day everyday!
  • Baked goods – Since I do so much healthy baking they have healthy vegan muffins or cookies here and there. I have some healthy recipes in my ebook too.
  • PB Sandwich – for a more filling snack they have a cut-up peanut butter sandwich. (Not the crust though! Haha
  • Hummus and veggie sticks – We often share a savoury platter for our afternoon snack when we are home with hummus or beetroot hummus, veggies sticks and socca crackers (recipe in my kids ebook).  I prefer doing this snack at home as they get messy dipping in the hummus!
I hope you enjoyed this blogpost. Feel free to let me know on Instagram @healthyfrenchwife xx
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