Product Review: Maya’s Jams

Who doesn’t love jam?

I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.

And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?

Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.

Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.

That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits.
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Super Easy Basic Granola

For the sake of convenience (and a little curiosity), I bought a popular brand of organic granola the other day and was very disappointed to find that it tasted like glue (you know the flavor I mean, where you have to double check to make sure you didn’t accidentally eat pieces of the box instead of the cereal?). The really frustrating part is knowing how simple it is to make your own granola from scratch, and still some of these companies can’t seem to get it right- even at five times the cost. *SIGH*.

Here’s a fantastic recipe I’ve been using for years to make my own granola. It’s nothing fancy, just think of it as a blank canvas that you can jazz up any way you want. I’ve never really experimented too much with the flavors, but the possibilities are endless. Sweeteners can be interchanged, such as honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc. for different flavors, and you can include as many (or as  few) added ingredients as you’d like. I still really prefer pecans, but (organic) sliced almonds work well too. Add any kind of dried fruit and/or seeds you want, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious, and all-natural breakfast or snack any time- all at a fraction of the price of the boxed stuff (and I guarantee it tastes better, too!). Continue reading

Pear-Apple Crisp with Pecan and Oat Topping

There’s nothing like a warm fruit crisp to brighten up your evening- especially if you top it off with some melty vanilla ice cream.  This recipe is made up of a blend of tart apples and sweet pears, and topped with a crunchy-chewy layer of toasted oats and pecans, and sweetened with Yacon syrup, a natural sweetener and weight loss aid (or you could just use honey- but where’s the fun in that?!) Continue reading