Our farmer’s market finds this week: baskets of fresh blackberries that are irresistibly delicious.
And with this many blackberries, we give you a recipe with blackberries 2 ways.
First in a fresh blackberry jam and second in smoothie form (of course).
The secret to making the best blackberry jam?
Fresh blackberries and THAT’S IT. No added sugar. No syrups. Just mashed berries perfect for being sipped up at the bottom of your mason jar.
This layered smoothie includes homemade protein chia pudding for an extra boost of superfoods and 21g of plant-based protein.
Add one last layer of blackberry smoothie before going crazy with the toppings, and by crazy, a dollop of coconut yogurt, granola, and extra blackberries should do just the trick.
Now, we love the look of a layered smoothie, but mixing it all up is the best way to enjoy it.
Think blackberry chia jam smoothie all in one.
- Cherries and Berries
We tout acerola cherries for being high in vitamin C, but blackberries have roughly 30mg of vitamin C per cup.
For reference, that’s half your daily recommended value. Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function, iron absorption, and collagen production.
- Mamma Chia! Omega 3s
- Prep the chia pudding layer the night prior OR heat the chia mixture on the stovetop for instant chia pudding.
- For the chia pudding–mix 1 tbsp chia seeds, with a ½ cup of almond milk, vanilla extract, and 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder.
- If making overnight chia pudding: Let the chia mixture sit 15 minutes then stir again and place in the fridge overnight, or for a minimum 4 hours.
- If making instant chia pudding: Warm the almond milk in a small stovetop pan and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Simmer and continue to stir until mixture thickens into a pudding. Then place in the freezer until pudding is chilled (to avoid it melting the smoothie part!).
- For the smoothie part: Blend half of the fresh blackberries (½ cup), the banana, frozen zucchini, and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, with just enough water to reach a thick consistency.
- For the bottom layer: Mash half of the fresh blackberries (½ cup) with the back of a fork until a “jam” forms.
- Time to assemble your layered masterpiece.
- Pour the mashed blackberries in the bottom of your smoothie glass, this is the first layer.
- For the second layer, pour your chia pudding on top of the mashed blackberries.
- For the top layer, pour the smoothie in over the chia pudding layer.
- Top with your favorite toppings! We used our favorites: COYO coconut yogurt, a chopped up Fruit & Nut Perfect Bar, and more fresh blackberries.