Jazz up muffins with naturally sweetened Cherry Chia Jam – or any fruit spread to start the day on a healthy foot. Also perfect for snacks! ~ by Serena Ball, MS,RD
My little girls pointed out that if Santa really IS circumnavigating the globe the night of the 24th, “By the time he gets to our house, he will probably be hungry for breakfast. So we should make him some muffins.”
And since Santa is up on all the latest toys and gadgets, surely he’s up on the trend of using chia seeds and less sugar in jam making. Right? Or maybe that’s more Mrs. Claus’s department?
Well regardless, the kids and I had fun making these muffins which would be perfect for Christmas morning – or to snack on with a mug of hot cocoa after sledding. They are low in sugar – but the big 0l’ scoop of maple-syrup-sweetened Cherry Chia Jam in each muffin sweetens them up and packs them with nutrition. I’ll admit, I’ve been a little slow to embrace the chia seed trend – but this jam is by far the most yummy way I’ve eaten chia seeds which are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Here’s more scoop from Cooking Light magazine on the power-packed seeds. Chia seeds are outstanding in a jam – since they plump when added to a liquid – so the jam stayed thick and sweet and in every bite of muffin – instead of slipping out.
These Santa’s Thumbprint Muffins – a riff on the popular cookie – also use whole wheat flour since we can all benefit from a bit more whole grains in these days of indulgence.
So Merry Christmas to all – and to all a good night – or a good morning to you…and to Santa! And here’s hoping you have some really good coffee if your kids are of the age where Christmas morning is extra early!