Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

{Reduced Fat} Fluffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Dip

I'm so happy to announce that I'm finished with my graduate classes until  August.  I have just a few more days of papers and projects, and then I'll be free to resume crafting, concocting and sharing ideas for making everyday life a little sweeter.  Thanks for bearing with me.

Like a true mom, I can't just leave you hungry while you wait patiently for "dinner".  So, I made a little something to hold you over:  {Reduced Fat}Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Dip!

You've probably seen a lot of wonderful recipes for apple dip online.  The concept is nothing new. What's different about this recipe is that I've taken some steps, in the creation of my original recipe, to reduce the fat.  I'm still not going to recommend that you eat it every day (even though you'll probably want to), but if you get the occasional sweet tooth and would like to squeeze in some nutrition -- protein, calcium, fresh fruit -- without sacrificing taste, you should give this easy dip a try.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Dip
  • 1 stick butter, softened 
  • 4 oz. 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese (or light cream cheese), softened  
  • 3/4 cups reduced fat, creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or more, to taste) 
  • Sliced tart apples
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, whip (with whisk attachment) cream cheese, butter, peanut butter, and salt until combined.  On low speed, add confectioners' sugar, one 1/2 cup at a time.
  2. Once sugar has been incorporated, bring speed up to high and whip until light and fluffy.  Note:  The ingredients may appear to separate at first if your room is warm, or your butter was too soft.  Don't fret.  Continue to whip air into the frosting to emulsify the fats and achieve a smooth, fluffy texture (up to five minutes).
Stir in the mini chocolate chips and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.  Allow to come back to room temperature and whip with a fork before serving.


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Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
The BFF Open House @ The Answer is Chocolate 


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