Easy Things to Make with Berries

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#1 Fruit Bowls

#2 Smoothies

Combine any berry (or berries) with a banana and some water or plant-milk in a blender, and you have something delicious and nutritious! Kids (and smart parents) are big fans! If you want it cold, just use frozen berries or add ice cubes. Might as well throw some greens in there for even more added nutrition (you won’t be able to taste them at all).

#3 Chia Pudding

Pudding: Chia seeds absorb water and plump up, making a gelatin-like texture that is perfect for pudding. The ratio to remember is to use about 3 times as much water (or plant-milk) as chia. Then, if you have the patience or foresight, you can let them sit for a couple of hours (or do it overnight) until the seeds plump—otherwise, use hot water from your tea kettle to get a faster result.

Flavor: From there you simply flavor and top. The favorite flavor option is vanilla. You can use extract or vanilla bean powder, but it tastes extra amazing if you take the time to scrape a vanilla bean. Your choice. (Alternatively, you can use cacao powder.) Then use a little sweetener like Bee Free Honee or maple syrup. Some like to add cinnamon. Then top with lots of yummy berries and enjoy!

#4 No-Bake Pie

Crust: Combine one-and-a half cups of oats, a ripe banana, and a cup of dates in the blender. Press into glass dish.

Filling: Combine a cup of oats, a cup of the berry (or berries) of your choosing, three dates and three bananas in a blender and then pour into crust and chill until firm.

Serve: Top with more berries of your choosing. You can use fresh (pitted) or partially frozen since this is a cool pie.

#5 Fruit Jam

Did you know that jam is just cooked fruit? Yep. It’s very simple. Just mash the berries or berry of your choosing or put them in the blender. You can add a date or two if you’d like. Then heat on a stovetop until thickened. Berries have less natural pectin than other fruits (apples have the most), so add a couple of Tbs of lemon juice to help it thicken. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached. Taste and add sweetener if desired. Store in the fridge for a couple of weeks in a very clean glass jar.

Read the companion article, "Beautiful Berries," here. 

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