Recipe of the Month: Mood Boosting Blueberry Chia Jam Bars


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Crust

2 cups of cassava flour

2 tablespoons of tapioca starch

1 tablespoon of maple syrup 

4 tablespoons of grass-fed butter, cut into pieces and cold

pinch of salt 


 Mood-boosting walnut crumb topping

1/2 cup of walnuts

3/4 cup of almond flour or meal 

2 tablespoons of tapioca starch

2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of orange zest

1 teaspoon of each ground cinnamon, ground cardamom

pinch of salt


Blueberry chia jam 

3 cups of frozen or fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons of finely grated orange zest

1/4 cup of fresh orange juice

half a vanilla bean split, seeds scraped and added plus the pod **see note

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 scoops of collagen peptides

1/4 cup of chia seeds

pinch of salt


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8 by 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large pot on medium-low heat, add all the ingredients of the blueberry chai jam but the chia seeds and cook for about 8 minutes, add the chia seeds and cook for an additional 5 minutes before turning off and setting aside.

Combine the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes. While baking, toss the crust ingredients together and with your hands crush the walnuts. You want to create a crumb topping and have some larger pieces of walnuts shine through.

Once the crust has baked pour the filling on top and drop the crumb topping across the top. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool completely before cutting and serving. Store in the fridge any leftovers.

notes: you can swap out the vanilla bean for 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, add it to the jam after you turn it off.

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