Chia Fruit Spread: Divine Harvest

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on February 6, 2013

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Chia seed is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

It’s dietary fiber content keeps my digestive system singing (1 oz. of chia contains 10.7 grams of fiber, flax seed has 5.6 grams).

When coupled with something that’s high in sugar, it helps to balance blood sugar, improve insulin sensitivity and help me maintain a healthy weight.

It acts as a fabulous thickener for desserts and puddings.

It’s high in calcium…

I could go on forever.

I also love fruit spreads… but finding a brand that’s free of extra sugars, organic, reasonably priced, guaranteed gluten-free, and made with chia seeds is well, impossible.

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Awhile back, I posted a chia seed recipe on Facebook and Divine Harvest, a Canadian fruit spread company, commented on the recipe. I headed over to their page and learned that their products are the epitome of my strawberry lovin’, sugar hatin’, chia affair havin’, fruit spread diggin’ dreams.

Their fruit spreads are made from a combination of organic fruit, apple juice, chia seeds, non-GMO corn starch and chia oil. That’s it.

I knew I just had to get my paws on their product so that I could share this discovery with you. Just look at those little wee chia seeds in there…

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1 tablespoon = 20 calories and only 4 grams of (natural) sugar. And, hold on to your chair – one of their 5 flavors is cranberry & orange. It’s like indulging in Christmas dessert every gosh darn morning.

They also have raspberry, berry, strawberry and 3 citrus flavors, but I’m telling you, cranberry & orange is where it’s at.

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And, just because Divine Harvest is so lovely, they’re offering CANADIAN readers a chance to win a full package of their fruit spreads, all 5 flavors delivered right to you.

To enter to win, head over to the Healthful Pursuit Facebook page.

If you don’t have Facebook, you can enter on Twitter by clicking here.

If you do not have Twitter or Facebook, you can enter here.

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

I have been obsessed with sprinkling chia seeds on my jellied toast daily for weeks now!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh, just a little chia sprinkle… I LOVE it!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Ooh I’m totally entering this giveaway! I know there are heaps of chia jam recipes floating around out there, but with my busy schedule lately, sometimes it’s nice to have a healthy option ready to go. Plus, we could all use little more chia in our lives, right? ;)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I thought you’d like this one, Ange! The coolest thing is that it’s not overly sweet at all. It’s just great. And hey, if you don’t win… you could just come stay over and I’ll make you jam + toast every day for breakfast hehe :)

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Michelle Roebuck

Oh, this does sound lovely! As an ‘Merican, guess I’ll have to check out some of the recipes Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat mentioned. That’s totally alright – just knowing such a thing as chia jam exists was enough to rock my world this morning. :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

You can definitely make it yourself, Michelle. I’ve done it a couple of times and was impressed every single time. Just fruit in a pot, boil, add chia seeds, and you’re good!

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Kieran

I have never tried anything like this. Looks and sounds yummy. I love my chia seeds!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

You haven’t?! Oh my goodness… you have to get this stuff, Kieran. It’s available all over the city.

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Sharon

I followed the links because I LOVE cranberry orange anything, but I live in the US and couldn’t find a way to buy it online. I googled it and found a quick easy recipe for strawberry chia spread (could be adapted to be cranberry orange – would love it if you would adapt it and post the recipe, Leanne!) on the Gracious Pantry website – here’s the link:
http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-strawberry-chia-seed-spread-recipe/

It’s very simple:
Clean Eating Strawberry Chia Seed Spread

2 cups strawberries – cleaned and chopped
1 cup water
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup honey
Directions:
Place all ingredients into a metal pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat slightly so the contents of the pot don’t splatter all over your stove, but still bubbles in the pot.
Stir constantly! The chia seeds burn on the bottom of the pot very easily. So keep stirring (I had to change pots half way through because the seeds burned so easily).
Stir and boil until the mixture has reduced by half and has thickened. Again, it will not be as thick as jam, but it sill definitely thicken. Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight to continue cooling.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Sharon. I’ll be sure to add it to my list of recipes to try out. I’d love to share it with every one and healthify it up a bit!

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Donna

These look like just what I have been searching for…jam-wise! Alas, in France it is virtuously impossible to find this or a like product…Will you be putting your culinary genius cap on and re-creating this marvel in the form of an upcoming recipe “riff”?…Hint…hint!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

After everyone’s comments today… yes, I will definitely be trying my hand at recreating this fruit spread for everyone that can’t get this yummy stuff! Stay tuned :)

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Amanda

I love making tasty chia seed jam, but it is never as authentic as regular jam, besides, these flavours are to die for! YUM!

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Amanda Cowan

Yet one more time I’m sad that I’m not Canadian. :( I make my own at home, but I’d love to taste this to compare. Can’t wait to see this available to us down south..

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Sorry Amanda! There will be a US-based giveaway coming up in a couple of weeks… stay tuned!

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

I am so sad that I don’t live in Canada. I am going to have to try The Gracious Pantry recipe posted to get my chia jam on.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Heck ya, get your chia jam on! I’m so surprised there is nothing similar in the US yet. I’m sure it’ll just be a matter of time!

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Suzanne @RollWithIt

Omg, I have to get my hands on some of this spread! My husband loves jam and we stopped buying it because of the sugar content, crazy additives and lack of nutritional value. This will bring some happiness back into the house hold! Thanks for sharing Leanne!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

It’s only 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon! Ah! So happy that you and your hubby can get some jam back into your life in a healthy way :)

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Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

YAY!!! Finally a giveaway that’s open to Canadian residents! And that looks pretty yummy too. Definitely my kind of Fruit Jelly! :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Whoop, whoop! I know, it’s rare, right?

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barb

This should be fairly easy to make…..just lots of fruit, water, chia seeds and stevia. I’ll make it soon and report back. I make my own cranberry sauce all the time that way….cranberries, orange zest, water and stevia and its divine!

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Tamikko

Oh My Yum!!! Fruit spread + chia seeds = divine! Cranberry Orange = didn’t even know I wanted it but so need it bad now. Thanks for turning us into converts, it wasn’t hard of course :P ‘take my money’

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Kristin

wish i lived in Canada. Any way to be able to purchase in the USA?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Kristin – it’s not available in the US yet… but I’ll be posting a make-at-home recipe in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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Jessica

I received a giant free bag of organic chia seeds this past weekend at the Guelph Organic Conference and totally thought of you. Chia and Matcha tea are my February things!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow…. a FREE bag?! Lucky lady!

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Meredith

Definitely entered this giveaway!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Good luck!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

What a great idea to make a preserves with chia seeds in it, will have to try and make a homemade version!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

It’s super, super easy. I’ll have to post the recipe on my blog one of these days…

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Sus

I love the idea of adding chia seeds to a fruit spread. I usually make my own “preserves” by slowly heating up berries and mashing them, adding some organic unsweetened applesauce and some organic arrowroot powder. I really like it a lot and it is plenty sweet for me, but the chia seeds will make it perfect. I wish I lived in Canada to be a part of this giveaway. Going to check out their site right now.

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Carolyn

Boo, the link if you don’t have Facebook or Twitter leads you to a place where you click and it says… Log in with Facebook! I don’t have/want either FB or T. How can I enter??????

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Carolyn – I’ll add you in manually :)

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Carolyn

Thanks Leanne.

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Ted

I never thought of adding Chia to a spread, it gives it a whole new texture and not to forget about the health benefits.

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