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My mouth is always in search of different textures and this one is quite satisfying. Speaking of blueberries and textures… goodness many, many years ago I was working as a checker in a grocery store (I loved checking! odd I know, but that’s another story for another day) anyway, customers kept coming through my line with containers of fresh blueberries.
They were HUGE (the berries not the customers haha)! I made a mental note that for my break I was going to go get me some of them. Break came and I did that very thing… I couldn’t get to the break room fast enough, I wanted to dive into those blueberries something fierce. As I sat down and kicked my feet up on the chair next to me, I leaned my head back and started popping blueberries into my mouth. They were delicious! When I looked down into the container there it was… the grand-daddy, the grand-pu-ba of all blueberries.
Forget my mouth-watering, my eyes were watering just taking in the beauty of this massive juice orb. I picked it up in awe, I had never seen such a large berry. I parted my lips and in it went. Then the oddest thing happened, before my teeth could even cut through the flesh of the berry, I felt a crunch…
A crunch? Yep, my mouth opened quickly so I wouldn’t continue to bite down on it, I pulled the semi broken berry out of my mouth, I examined it, pulling it apart to see why it was crunchy…. (drum-roll please) inside the blueberry, all curled up in a ball was a bumblebee!! It was dead but a bumblebee? How odd is that?! So for years after, I had a phobia about blueberries, but as you can tell I have shed that phobia and I am back in love.
So that’s my goofy story about blueberries and bumblebees. Now on to the chews! These chews offer up a substantial bite, they aren’t tough, crunchy or seedy feeling in your mouth. Let’s see, what do they liken to?….(thinking)….Shoot, I can’t think of what they are similar to. All I can say is that it is a fun texture and one that you may not be use to in the raw world of food. So with much excitement I present to you, Blueberry Lavender Chia Chews!
Oh, one more thing – I wanted to touch on using sweeteners in this recipe and why chose the ones I did. I used maple syrup for its earthy flavor as it balances well with the blueberry and lavender. I then added a small amount of liquid stevia which ramped up the sweetness level without adding an additional flavor. I like having these chews on the sweeter side but in the end, it is up to you to decide how sweet or not you would like it.
Yield: 1 1/2 cup