Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day y’all.
Growing up my brother mentally scarred me for life as he use drugs to make the messiest, most disgusting pb and jam sandwiches ever. The kind where there same knife is used for everything, resulting in butter in the jam, and jam in the peanut butter. I’m sad to say I’ve never been able to enjoy a pb and jam sandwich since. I thought this was a shame so figured I’d try and compensate with a pb and jam based porridge in celebration of this crazy national day in America.
This combination with porridge was totally worth facing my demons for and is so much better than any peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever #fact!
Since I’m not the biggest jam eater I thought I’d make my own chia jam as a healthier and less sugary alternative. The recipe for this is below and makes enough for 2 x 190 ml jars worth, although of course shop bought jam can be used!
For the jam:
3 dried and pitted dates
250 g fresh or frozen raspberries
4 tablespoons of chia seeds
4 tablespoons of water
1/2 tsp of honey
A teeny tiny squeeze of lemon juice
For the oats:
1 large handfuls of oats
1 heaped tbsp of chia seed jam
1 tbsp of peanut butter
For the jam:
Soak your dates for 5 minutes in some water
Add dates and strawberries to a food processor and blend until smooth (this prevents clumps of dates in the jam, but to save on washing up just add them chopped to little pieces at the step below).
Add pureed strawberry dates to a pan with the raspberries, 4 tbs of water and the chia seeds.
Cook for about 5 minutes while the raspberries break down, stirring the jam every so often.
Add the touch of lemon juice, around 1/2 tsp of honey to taste and cook for a couple more minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly before spooning into jars and placing in the fridge to further set or use immediately on porridge.
For the porridge:
Add double the amount of water to your oats and cook in a microwave for 90 seconds.
Thinly slice your fruit while the oats are cooking.
Check on your porridge: give it a stir, add more water if required and microwave for another minute until it’s the desired consistency.
Top with the peanut butter , jam, and strawberry and banana slices.
Tuck in 🙂
I hope this provides you with a tasty alternative to the pbj sandwiches! Let me know what you think and remember to tag @HonestlyPorridge on Instagram with any of your creations 🙂