This is one of my favourite recipes as even though it’s healthy and easy to make it’s super tasty and can be made as a breakfast or dessert! Chia seeds are a great source of protein, omega 3, fibre and antioxidants. Most people have probably heard of them being hailed as a superfood (a marketing term for foods that supposedly have a really high nutritional profile and possible medicinal benefits). Chia seeds contain high levels of omega 3 (which is good for brain health), fibre, manganese, phosphorous and calcium. They are low in carbohydrate and are naturally gluten free. They were also apparently used by the Aztecs for energy and stamina.
So all in all they sound pretty good right? Apart from the fact that they are fairly tasteless… They are usually used as a salad topping, smoothie ingredient or to make chia jam but one of the most popular ways I have seen people use them is to make chia pudding-which has a very strange texture the first time you try it and the closest thing I can compare it to would be rice pudding. The seeds absorb liquid and swell up to 8 times their volume creating a gelatinous sort of mixture but once mixed with some fruits and spices they make a really quick and tasty breakfast or even dessert. It’s a really handy breakfast as it can be made the night before, stored in a jar in the fridge and then eaten on the go the next day.
Chia Seed Breakfast:
1. In a bowl mix together 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of milk (any type e.g. almond, hazelnut, coconut or dairy).
2. This step is optional but to give it a bit more flavour you can add in a teaspoon of cacao powder, a sprinkle of cinnamon or if you like it sweet you can add in some honey.
3. The seeds absorb the liquid pretty quick so you can either wait a few minutes for this to happen or leave in the fridge overnight.
In the morning you can eat it cold and top with fruit or if you want it warm then add a few more spoons of warm milk and put it in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.