Big Travel Plans! + Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam Popsicles

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Big Travel Plans! + Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam Popsicles

Isn’t it absolutely amazing how we as humans are never fully satisfied? I know, it sounds like the craziest thing coming from me but hear me out. We never stop yearning to go on new adventures and gain new knowledge. We strive to grow and meet new places within ourselves, others and this world. Following that drive, moving forward and trusting weird nudges of direction is the one thing that makes this life so grand, that pushes us to expand and the one thing that makes this planet grow. So go be unsatisfied and see where it may lead you!

While on the subject of constantly moving forward and experiencing. As if having a baby isn’t enough (phew!) and wondering where the *piiip* to live/buy/build a house (this one is a short term rental), Me and Fabian (and Caspian) have finally decided to head out into the world together. Or more like, we’ve finally decided on where to start :) Mid September we’re off to hug redwood trees, visit sunny farmers markets, dip our toes in the pacific ocean and walk up and down the hills of San Fransisco. Yup, California here we come! After that we’ll touch base in Sweden for a while before heading to mama Bali. For how long we’re staying at each place we haven’t yet decided, it all comes down to how much money we’ll be able to put aside for it. Because Fabian is the down to earth realist of us he thinks 5-6 weeks is perfect and because I’m the miracle realist of us I think ”indefinite” sounds pretty awesome for both destinations.

We’ve both been to Bali (and are very excited to return) but neither me nor Fabian have ever been to the states. The wanderlust is dancing in our souls but what I think we’re most psyched about is having free time together as a family. Time for infinite hugs, adventure, food, growth and many, many meetings with the world and what it holds. Did I mention food? No? I’m so excited to eat ;) Anyways, I have a huge favor to ask, would you give us your best foodie tips, favorite spots, perfect Air bnb’s, inspiring cities/villages/neighborhoods, markets, restaurants and… well anything and everything your gorgeous brain and heart can think of! 

What else?..The first Swedish strawberries. Rhubarb from the garden. Caspian crawling naked in the grass (in the funniest way on only hands and feet!). Me barefoot all the time (so not that much difference from other seasons..). Wanting to spend every evening on the balcony bathing in warm rays of late sunshine. Guys, summer is here, as is the season of popsicles and these, my friends are particularly yummy.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

I typed in ‘Chia seeds’ in the search bar here on Earthsprout and found a bunch of great recipes but not one Fun & Fabulous Facts-section was focused on the sensational super seed. So is it time or what?! Chances are high you’ve already met the chia seed dressed up as fake egg in baking directions or on top of a smoothie at a cool juice bar or you’re a full blown chia addict with a huge jar in your kitchen. What do I know? My question is, have you ever fully appreciated those tiny dinosaur egg-looking friends fully? 

You can soak them to make yourself a simple or fancy lady chia pudding (there are a few fun + tasty recipes in my app!), add to a glass of water and a squeeze of lemon and you’ve made a chia fresca. As mentioned eariler, use it baking, pancake making, as breakfast/smoothie topping. If nothing else, chia seeds are perfect for making nutritious and fun childrens food & treats. Caspian loves em’. Also, you can make a totally yummy jam using chia seeds since they tun into a thick gel when paired with liquid. So if you’ve cleaned up your diet but miss that spreadable, gooey texture that regular sugary (and a bunch of other additives) jam has then chia jam so is your new jam! 

There are many good reasons to start incorporating this legendary seed into your daily meals. Native americans considered chia seeds to be the perfect endurance food for runners and warriors and now we know that it  is in fact one of the top sources of Omega-3 fatty acids (hello superhero endurance and wellbeing). Chia seeds also pack a whole lot of iron, fantastic soluble fiber, complete protein (all essential amino acids!) and calcium. Want arguments for the non-believers? 1 tbsp of chia seeds actually contains more calcium then one glass of (dairy) milk, has more Omega 3’s then salmon, 3 times more iron then spinach, 2 times more potassium then bananas and more antioxidants then blueberries. But what does that mean? Well, how do you feel about feeling full, calm, strong and filled with energy? Because that’s what a balanced blood sugar, full belly, met mineral needs, a good protein load, intestinal health and a hydrated body will do to ya. 

Make sure you soak your seeds before eating as chia absorb 7-9 it’s weight in water which means that if you don’t pre-soak they will pull water from your body making you dehydrated and leaving your body stressed instead of elevated. 

Big Travel Plans! + Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam Popsicles

Rhubarb & Strawberry Chia Jam Popsicles

Summertime means simple recipes. The chia jam (wich is also perfect as spread, on top of your breakfast porridge or in desserts) is a breeze to make then all you have to do is grab your favorite yoghurt, sweeten it and layer them both into popsicle moulds, pop in a few fresh berries, freeze for at least 5 hours and enjoy them in the sun. The raw chocolate drizzle is optional but not at all time consuming to make and oh so delicious. Go play! 

Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam, makes 2 cup

5 medium sized red rhubarb (4 cup / 350g once peeled + sliced)
2 1/2 cup strawberries, blended to a sauce
1/2 lemon, juice + zest
1/2 tsp pure ground vanilla
a pinch cloves
3-4 tbsp rice malt syrup
1/4 cup chia seeds

1. Add strawberries to a blender and blend to a strawberry sauce.
2. Rinse, peel and slice rhubarb and add to a medium saucepan along with strawberry sauce, lemon juice + zest, vanilla, cloves and rice malt syrup.
3. Bring to a boil, covered. Then let cook on low heat without lid until liquid is reduced to approximately half. This takes around 10-15 minutes.
4. Grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder or high speed blender. Add chia meal to the saucepan, stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate. 


2 cup yoghurt (I used my Oatghurt)
2 bananas
1/2 tsp ground vanilla

1. Add yoghurt, vanilla and bananas to a blender and blend until smooth.

Arranging the popsicles
In 8 popsicle molds layer 1 cup Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam with the Yoghurt and two or so slices fresh strawberry. Freeze. Drizzle with raw chocolate (below). Enjoy in the sun!

Raw chocolate drizzle

1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
3 tbsp (25 g) raw cacao butter or coconut oil
a pinch of good quality salt

1. Melt cacao butter carefully on the stove in a water bath. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and stir until incorporated and smooth. Drizzle over the frozen popsicles. 

Big Travel Plans! + Rhubarb Strawberry Chia Jam Popsicles

Summer here we come! California & Bali (and prolonged summer) here we come! Scary, fun, big, delicious! Where will your drive, your unsatisfied soul take you today? Where will your undeniable urge to grow lead you? 

Remember, Your Greenylicous Cali+Bali tips and fave spots below! Please <3

Love you so!

Elenore, Fabian, Caspian


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  1. The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    1 juni, 2014

    I’m very excited for you! I’d love to go to California – in fact someday I want to do a road trip of the USA and Canada, but that’s not for the near future. I hope you have a wonderful adventure and spend loads of quality time with your family.

    I can’t recommend anything unfortunately but Sayward Rebhal from has a wonderful blog filled with tips for eating out in that area.

    Oh and these popsicles – holy moly, they look good! I’ve not tried chia jam yet but when I do have chia seeds in my kitchen I like to add a teaspoon to my water bottles.

  2. Sarah
    1 juni, 2014

    The trip San Fran will be wonderful it’s such a great city, would recommended going over Berkeley as there’s such nice restuarants x

  3. Claire | Claire's Holistic Pursuits
    1 juni, 2014

    Oh dear me Elenore that is super super exiting news! I bet you can’t wait. In in interim these pops are mindblowing! It’s the First day of winter here – I won’t let it stop me! Xoxo

  4. Chelsea
    1 juni, 2014

    How exciting for you! You will LOVE California. You can find Organic everything there! While you’re in San Francisco you must go to Café Gratitude. It is an incredible Raw Vegan restaurant (technically its in Berkeley, but it is so worth it). Also in Berkeley is Chez Panisse, Alice Waters restaurant. Make reservations now if you want to go there. I’m sure I’ll think of more recs later.

    And these popsicles look AMAZING. YUM!

  5. Caitlyn
    1 juni, 2014

    The Popsicles look so good, I’m definitely going to make them! That is awesome about your trip, how exciting! I love new adventures. It seems you’re going I be in Northern California instead of southern, so up there i definitely recommend the Ferryl building market place/farmers market in San Francisco. I think it’s on Sundays (maybe Saturdays?). Also if you go further up north to the Mendocino area (my dream home area it is GORGEOUS there) on the way is a place called Montgomery Woods, ancient first growth redwoods there! Wow, so amazing, hug a redwood for me!!!

  6. shilpa
    1 juni, 2014

    Oh Elenore! This looks divine! I can’t wait for strawberries here in Eastern Canada.
    I am so excited for your adventures! I have been having that itch to go back west. I miss so many things about lovely SF. I have so many recommendations! Definitely the Mission district for food-Bi-rite grocery store and creamery. You can enjoy that ice cream at Dolores park which is a few steps away from Bi-rite.
    Also Tartine of course!! Tartine is in that same neighbourhood. I am sure there are many new places since I use to live there a few years ago. I am not sure if Cafe Gratitude is still open, but that place has amazing raw food. And that’s in the Mission district as well as Inner Sunset. Mission Pie is awesome too. Cha-ya for vegetarian Japanese food.
    Aziza- for amazing Moroccan food.
    Burma Super Star for awesome Burmese.

    Ferry Building for lovely food and amazing farmer’s market.

    And a little local secret that adults and kids enjoy is Seaward Street slides which is in Castro.

    Every time I think okay that’s all my recommendations, I think of one more! So much to discover in this amazing city. Have so much fun!!

  7. Daniela
    1 juni, 2014

    In San Francisco you must go to Gracias, Madre in the Mission district—the best and most flavorful Mexican food I’ve ever had, and its entirely vegan! They also have great juices and aguas frescas.

    Golden Gate park is also a beautiful place to go and ride bikes, you can easily rent some.

    Third, go to General Store, a dreamy boutique (of all sorts of stuff, not just clothes) with a focus on natural materials—

  8. eme
    2 juni, 2014

    I’m happy to hear you’ll be visiting my home state of California. There is much to love around here – the biggest trees on earth, some of the steepest coastlines, and amazing farms and food. From north to south, you might consider a visit to Point Reyes Station’s Saturday morning farmer’s market, a sunset picnic at Muir Beach, every amazing food place in San Francisco, and a trek down highway one to Big Sur. If you pass through my neighborhood in Santa Cruz, you might want to stop by Verve Coffee Roasters for a ”bowl of soul”, the very best almond milk chamomile tea – super comforting on a foggy day.

  9. Hannah
    2 juni, 2014

    If you’re visiting San Francisco city itself, I highly recommend Dandelion Chocolate in Mission, they handmade their chocolate from the bean there and only use sugar and cocoa beans ( It was a life changing experience for me. As far as living in San Francisco, I really do not recommend it. The creatives are rapidly being pushed out by the tech industry, and living there is completely unaffordable; you really have to make $100,000+ to stay and rent is only going up. I much prefer the pacific northwest, you’d probably like Portland or Seattle more, to be honest. It’s where all the vegan/vegetarian/earth conscious people have been migrating over the past few years and it’s way more livable. Fortunately, those places are a very short flight away from San Francisco, and if you’re going to be visiting for a while, you should really check those places out before you make any final decisions. Feel free to message me if you want to hang out, I still live in the bay area.

  10. Leena
    2 juni, 2014

    If you decide to take a trip further south you absolutely must see Topanga Canyon and Venice. There are lots of places I can recommend if you go email me.

  11. Heather
    2 juni, 2014

    Wow, thank you for another amazingly delicious recipe!! I am in constant awe of your creativity, plus your gorgeous spirit shines right out of the page. Your blog posts always make me smile, I always look forward to reading your words and creating your recipes! (I just tried your older recipe for kale pesto, oh my goodness so yummy!!)
    I’m seventeen and an evolving health foodie myself and I must say that you’re a huge inspiration for me in many ways.
    Sending the best of luck to you and your adorable family on your upcoming adventures!!

    Many blessings.

  12. Anna Maria
    2 juni, 2014

    That jam looks totally awesome! Well actually all of it looks awesome but I love rhubarb jam. How much chia seeds in the jam? Is it 1/4 tsp or tbsp?

    • ElenoreEarth
      2 juni, 2014

      Oh my goodness! My mistake! Sorry! It’s 1/4 cup :)

  13. Kali
    2 juni, 2014

    I went to SF for my honeymoon when we had a 3 month old baby. A road trip is ideal. We drove from San Fran down Big Sur (spectacular scenery) to just north of LA and back up again. So many fun places along the way – there is a huge aquarium at one place (I can’t remember the name of it). I recommend the Henry Miller museum and the town of Carmel. So so quaint. And just outside of Carmel is a beach with massive elephant seals. In San Fran we stayed in a boutique themed hotel in the Haight- Ashbury area. Fabulous record shop nearby. (This is 9 years ago so I can’t remember any names, but should be google-able). Also in San Fran, the Fisherman’s Wharf where we ate the most amazing clam chowder in a bread roll, and also the Beat Museum in North Beach for all things Kerouac.
    Happy travels.

  14. Lisa Andersson Rhodiner
    2 juni, 2014

    I’m so excited for you to travel together! I’ms rue it will be the most epic trip with your two boys!

    In Ubud, I’d highly recommend you to go to the following places:

    – Alchemy – the most amazing salad and breakfast bar – you’ll drewl.
    – The seeds of life cafe – my very good friends and amazing raw chefs ben and sayuri just opened this little tonic bar and cafe (I teach yoga on their trainings and will have retreat next year!) these people are unbelievable and always keep surprising me!
    – Atman Cafe – yummy raw breakfast porridge and lots of great things on their menu
    Down to Earth – the biggest vegan menu i’ve ever seen (there are two of the same owner down south in seminyak. KULA and Earth Cafe.
    – Elephant – great food, mostly organic.
    – Sari organik – out in the rice fields beautiful view, have a great home made fruit wine and local organic bear. The food is ok but portions a bit small so I’d go for a drink:)
    – Seniman – cool cafe with great cold pressed coffee if you like that.
    Freak Coffee – also great cold pressed coffee
    Dragonfly village – where i’ll be having my retreat 19-25 oct, so come and say hi! beautiful resort with herbal sauna for the public every wed, fri and sat.
    – Cantika Spa – there are three of them, natural products, calm atmosphere and service!
    – Juice Ja- great select of organic food
    – Hubud – the community workspace – a place to get inspired! It’s like a huge office with creative people:)
    – bamboo Indah- a stunning resort with a stunning view – go and see it! Same owner as of green school

    If you have a chance go and see the green school, the most amazing school in the world with focus on sustainability – a must see!

    Around Bali:
    – white sand beach (northeast north of candidasa)
    -Jatiluwih ricefields (mid Bali)
    – Munduk waterfall (north)
    – The butterfly park (i’m not usually into these kind of parks but the butterflies have lots of space and you get to se them and hold them!! I think caspian will love it! (close to tabanan city)

    Down South west:
    – Desa seni yoga and resort center- you can spend a day by the pool, surrounded by a lovely garden, two beautiful shalas, organic food and great service. Canggu

    – Samadhi (canggu) – my friends damien and andrea have a beautiful studio and organic restaurant – mostly ashtanga but are starting to offer more variety of classes.

    Bungalow cafe (canggu)- superfood smoothies and teas! it’s an interior design shop with lots of cute things too!

    Let me know when you know more or less when you’ll be there, i’m sure some of my many friends will have a good house to rent!

    Have to make those popsicles now!! :)

    If I think of more things i’ll write u again!

    Lots of love from ibiza!!!

  15. Kathleen
    2 juni, 2014

    Congrats on your news and wonderful popsicles! The places Chelsea described are what I would recommend for Northern Cali too. Chez Panisse is well known and the chef, Alice, is a legend! Plus Café Gratitude is awesome and they have cookbooks. There is one here in LA too and we go there all the time. Great people too.

  16. Susana
    2 juni, 2014

    Hello Elenore, Fabian and Caspian!

    What a wonderfull idea, to travel around the globe!

    I have been to Bali and strongly recommend:

    – PADANG PADANG BEACH (they have a resort there, which is managed by a friendly Belgian surfer) – check it out here: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    – a trip to UBUD, checking out the markets (and I recommend you DO NOT visit the Guru Ketut Liyer, which have become worldwile known due to the movie ”Eat, Pray, Love”; he’s a really nice guy, don’t get me wrong, but he’s quite old and I saw him saying almost the same thing, over and over again, to everyone he attended)

    – see the MONKEY FOREST, in UBUD; lovely, and the monkeys aren’t aggressive, as the ones you’ll find near some tourist atractions

    – plenty of beautiful balinese TEMPLES to visit:

    Tanah Lot Temple – WOW
    Ulun Danu (Bedugul) – WOW
    Pura Luhur (Uluwatu) Temple – DOUBLE WOW
    Taman Ayun Temple – JUST NICE

    – White water RAFTING, in the Ayung River – TRIPLE WOW

    – Bali VOLCANO tour – Mount Batur – still active!!

    About the FOOD: plenty to choose from, since the traditional foods to every tipe of cuisine; carefull on the water you drink – always drink bottled water

    About the CITIES: Not the best place to be at, but… I’ve stayed in KUTA. It’s a bit hectic and tourist oriented, but you have access to everything you need there – ATM’s, groceries, taxis…

    DO rent a TAXI DRIVER of your own and tell him where you want to go or ask for some advice on what else to visit. It’s pretty safe, balinese are nice people and please bargain every price they ask for. Forget the guides…

    Anything else, just write me:

    Bless you all,

  17. Jenny
    2 juni, 2014

    I think you would love Millennium
    ( and Gracias Madre

    It sounds like an amazing trip, and I hope you and your family enjoy every minute!

  18. Kristy
    2 juni, 2014

    SF is wonderful but if you get a chance please come to Oakland. You will be pleasantly surprised! The Ferry is a wonderful way to get here (take it from the Ferry building in SF…which also happens to have yummy gourmet food stalls and a world class farmer’s market on Saturdays).

    Things to see in Oakland…Jack London Square, Old Oakland, Lake Merritt (with a terrific free botanical garden and boat rentals), Lakeshore and Grand Lake(right near Lake Merritt) neighborhoods that have wonderful thrift shops, bars, old theater and restaurants, Oakland Museum (also near Lake Merritt). BART is another way to acess East Bay.

    If you are looking for vegan food while in SF or Oakland, check out for reccomendations. Gracias Madre in the Mission is a great vegan Mexican place.

  19. Laura
    2 juni, 2014

    Well now you’ve got me thinking on how I can get myself over to California in September for a real-deal Elenore hug fest! You’re going to have so much fun and what a blessing to travel with your beautiful family. Loving these gorgeous popsicles with fancy little swirly straws for sticks. Just brilliant, miss. xoxoxo

  20. Giuliana
    2 juni, 2014

    These Popsicles look divine. I’m excited to try your recipe. I’m from Santa Cruz C.A and if you’re around San Francisco it’s definitely worth it to visit this town. There is a beautiful redwood forest accompanied by wonderful beaches up the coast.

  21. pamela
    2 juni, 2014

    the aquarium that the earlier poster mentioned is in Monterey and definitely worth a visit. it is on Cannery Row made famous by the novel of John Steinbeck.

    i grew up on the Monterey Bay (Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Watsonville, Santa Cruz) and i heartily recommned Santa Cruz as a beach town and nearby Capitola for little shops too. Big Sur is a place you don’t want to miss if you get as far as Carmel….just keep going for another 40 minutes south on the coast for spectacular scenery, a waterfall into the ocean, redwoods and beaches. have a great summer!

  22. Lauren, The Holy Kale :)
    2 juni, 2014

    Are you coming to Southern California??? If so, email me and I will give you all the details :)

  23. sasha
    3 juni, 2014

    Food-Bali, Divine Godess- yoga and raw vegan food in Seminyak, also Mother Earth. Loved the variety on veggie/vegan food in local warungs, so easy to get great food. try Bamboo in Seminyak we had great vegan feast there. Also you have to try Star Appple in Batu Belig- run by an aussie couple with great veggie choices and Green ginger House run by the same folk who do the veggie place in ubud

  24. Kimberley
    3 juni, 2014

    These look amazing! And, of course, I am full of San Francisco suggestions. I’d love to meet up and take you to one of my favorite spots. :) September is the best month here! xoxo

  25. Michelle | LALL Nutrition
    4 juni, 2014

    Hi Elenore! I am super jealous of your trip to Cali + Bali! I haven`t been to Bali but it`s in the cards :) As for Cali I`ve been to San Fran and LA. I was in SF about a year ago and have written about it on my site: that should help!

    As for LA, check out Cafe Gratitude, Glow BIO, the Farmers Market, Santa Monica Pier for biking, Rawvolution Restaurant in Santa Monica, hiking in Runyon Canyon, and just marveling that Whole Foods carries local Cali produce (be sure to create some yummy things in your own kitchen)!!!

    As for these popsicles…perfect timing, my mother-in-law is bringing me some rhubarb from her garden this weekend!

    ~M xoxo

  26. Angeline
    7 juni, 2014

    If you head south of San Francisco and make it to Monterey, I think you would Love Big Sur. It’s amazing beautiful and there are some great places to eat. Nepenthe, Deetjens, Post Ranch…
    The yelp app is really useful for finding restaurants and things to do as well.
    Have a wonderful trip!

  27. Ariela
    8 juni, 2014

    Elenore! How exciting! I work for Airbnb so if you need any help at all navigating the site or finding a place in SanFran or Bali feel free to email me! xoxo -Ariela

  28. Kim
    11 juni, 2014

    Someone already mentioned the town of Mendocino, but you really should get up there. You would all love it so much!! It is somewhat like Fårö but much more magical. While you are driving up there via Highway 1, I also suggest you stop by the Sea Ranch Chapel. It is tiny but a fun stop for meditation.

  29. Claudia
    18 juni, 2014

    Unfortunately, Café Gratitude closed over a year ago, but there is a location in Berkeley. The address is 1730 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94709. I recommend Gracias Madre, which is also vegan on Mission and 18th Street, address is: 2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110. If you can make a trip to the Ferry Building on a Saturday anywhere between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., you will be treated to a beautiful farmers market and within it you will find stands with vegan food options to try. In the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, which is inside the Ferry Building you will find a fresh juice bar. They have fantastic options for healthy juices. Another great vegan restaurant for you to try is Loving Hut on 524 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122.
    Hope you and your family will enjoy your time here :-)

  30. Meghan
    26 juni, 2014

    I love the chia jam, and I LOVE your travel plans! What an adventure! I work in San Francisco and live in Berkeley and I agree with lots of the suggestions already listed. There are so many wonderful neighborhood spots and amazing places to wander. I also recommend Chaya on Valencia for vegan Japanese, and Judalicious on Judah (near the beach) for lots of raw/ nutrient-dense fare.

    If you’re here in September you’ll be just in time for the tail end of strawberry season, which overlaps with peak apple season and general fall harvest bounty – the farmers markets over flow in the late summer/early fall! There is also a wonderful free music festival in Golden Gate Park the first weekend of October, in case you’re looking for more than just food and views:)

    It would be so fun to meet while you’re here and I’d be happy to offer a longer list of favorites and travel tips. This area is much easier to navigate if you know where to start. Let me know if you are interested in a little potluck or picnic – my sister and I could come up with some plans! <3

  31. Tanya
    4 juli, 2014

    Hello, you should definitely try bar tartine in the Mission district of San Fran! Enjoy xx

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