I certainly prefer to be humble – BUT, this is pretty darn amazing! It’s awesome, in fact!
I created this, in part, for a competition. The formal consensus has not yet arrived, but I truly believe it’s a winner!
Sweet tart fruit, intoxicating basil, the caramel quality of vanilla and dates, and the fiery kick of cinnamon and cayenne make this worthy of any craving.
In fact, in terms of serving and devouring, the possibilities are endless. Atop steak (this was fabulous), grilled chicken, eggs, crackers, cornbread or muffins, or even over toast with almond butter – or coconut butter – or both!
Kicky Blackberry Chia Compote
1 pt. organic blackberries
1 Tbs. chia seeds, soaked in 2 Tbs. water
¼ c. chopped fresh basil
5 dates, soaked
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Soak chia seeds in water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat blackberries over low heat, breaking apart with a fork until the berries are completely broken down. Set aside. In a food processor, combine basil, dates, and vanilla. Pulse into a paste. Add to blackberries, along with chia gel, sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.