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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

After trying and loving my Blueberry Chia Seed Jam the hubby put in a request for pineapple chia seed jam, he loves pineapple and I love when hubby makes requests. Plus it gave me the perfect reason to try out my new food processor. I sprinted to the closet and whipped that baby out!

Let’s make Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

(this delicious jam is also paleo and gluten-free which makes it even more awesome)

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I FINALLY got to put the food processor to work. After pulsing the pineapple, I pulsed some Peppadew peppers to make a small batch of pineapple pepper jam all for myself.

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I only used about a cup of pineapple because I don’t make my chia jam batches too large as they don’t contain preservatives and aren’t canned in the traditional method. They will keep in the fridge for a week or two. Plus it’s so easy to make that if I run out it’s no big deal to whip up another batch but if you eat a lot of jam, you can certainly double the recipe.

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If you would like to add Peppadew peppers to your pineapple jam, just add the peppers in the last few minutes of cooking the pineapple, before adding the chia seed gel. I put the details in the recipe below.

I love spooning the pepper jelly or blueberry jelly on top of some cream cheese and dipping with sea salt quinoa chips. Dee-licious!

Now don’t crinkle your nose but the hubby likes to top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with blueberry chia jam or pineapple jam. I swear it’s good. Taste just like a sundae.

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
 
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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (chopped small)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1½ tablespoons chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water
  • **Optional - 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers or jalapenos if making the pepper jelly variation**
Instructions
  1. Soak chia seeds in the 3 tablespoons of water and set aside to gel, stirring after 10 minutes.
  2. Put chopped pineapple in food processor just for a few pulses to get rid of the big chunks.
  3. Place pulsed pineapple, honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to very low. Continue to cook for about 30 minutes until the liquid has almost completely evaporated and the pineapple is soft. Add water as necessary, based on how juicy your pineapple is to start with. The pineapple will be broken down and should look like it's starting to gel.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in your chia seed gel stirring constantly for a few minutes. The chia seeds will try to crawl up the sides of the pan so stirring helps keep them incorporated into the pineapple.
  6. **Optional: To make pineapple PEPPER jelly, simply add 3 or 4 finely chopped Pepperdew peppers or jalapenos to the pineapple in the last few minutes of cooking, before adding the chia seed. I love pepper jelly spooned on top of cream cheese with some quinoa chips. So good.**

 

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Mango Salsa – Peppadew Pepper

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa

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This fruity healthy salsa can be used so many different ways.  On fish tacos, chicken, pork or even…ice cream.

Don’t laugh, top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this salsa. The sweet and spice of the salsa dances with the creamy sweet ice cream on your taste buds beautifully. Seriously, it’s really good.

This recipe is really easy and has one of my all time favorite peppers, Peppadew.  I love this pepper because it’s got a great mild kick to it and it’s sweet too. Plus it adds a nice pop of color to your salsa.  I put these peppers in my scrambled eggs, on portabella pizzas and in my stuffed peppers too.  They have a mild heat combined with sweet. I love them so much!

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I have found Peppadew peppers at World Market and Whole Foods but Amazon also sells them here. I usually only use 3 or 4 per whatever recipe I’m making so the jar lasts me a while.  This is a super versatile pepper. I love them so much (in case you didn’t read that the first time)!

Peppadew Pepper Mango Salsa
 
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  • 1 large Mango (about 1¼ cup of peeled, seeded and diced small)
  • 1 de-seeded and diced small jalepeno
  • A few sprigs of fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers chopped small or ¼ cup red bell pepper for color
  • ½ tbsp orange juice
  • Juice from a large fresh lime or 2 small limes (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 chopped green onions (the green stem part, not the white bulb)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and serve with fish, chicken, pork or top a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  2. I always make more than necessary for the recipe because I always find another way to use it.

 

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