I discovered chia seeds a little after christmas this year, and until then I seriously thought they were some new ridiculous craze. That quickly changed after I realized all the amazing recipes you can make with them. Not only are they healthy and super nutritious, they swell up in liquids and form gels, stay crunchy when you bake them and adapt to any flavor. Chia seeds are simply awesome.
If you feel like you’re lacking fibre in your diet or just want to boost your intake, chia seeds are the answer! 3 tablespoons of these pack in 11g of fibre (typical intake of fiber should range between 20-35g of fibre everyday). On top of that, they are high in calcium, a good source of iron and they provide omega 3 fatty acids which can help lower blood pressure! Of course, I am not so easily convinced by the chia seed claims; I’m always slightly weary when new “superfoods” hit the market. Chia seeds might contain phytic acids, which on the internet are known as antinutrients since they bind to minerals like calcium and iron and can lower your body’s ability to absorb them. However, sources claiming this are minimal and not very reliable.
No matter what, the omega 3 and fibre content can not be denied and that is enough for me to recommend chia seeds to anyone!
I discovered chia seeds thanks to The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. After receiving her cookbook for christmas, I noticed her use of chia seeds and knew I had to get them if I wanted to accomplish anything from the book. Let me tell you something… Chia seeds are expensive, I recommend buying them in bulk at a store like bulk barn or buying them at Costco.
I would have never known what to do with chia seeds if it wasn’t for Oh she Glows, and this is why the recipes in this post mostly come from her cookbook or are inspired by her recipes.
Without further ado, let’s begin! If you haven’t tried chia seeds before, this post is a great place to start, enjoy!
1) Oh She Glows Apple Pie Oatmeal
I will usually eat chia seeds for breakfast. They are a great addition to oatmeal and help me stay full for a longer time thanks to that high fibre content. I have made this breakfast time and time again and it is seriously the best. Since this recipe requires some cooking time in the morning, I usually enjoy it on days off.
For the recipe, click here
2) Oh She Glows Chia Muffins
This is probably my favorite recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. These muffins are PACKED with chia seeds and don’t require many ingredients at all. The recipe yields 6 muffins and calls for 1/2 cup of chia seeds, making it a crazy fibre filled snack. You can seriously feel really good about eating these since they are healthy and SO delicious. I recommend eating them alone, with nut butter or jam, or with fruits and yogurt for a great snack. This recipe is not my own, all I changed was the amount of cinnamon since I love this spice and always enjoy getting to taste it in baked goods. I highly recommend buying her cookbook if you are into cooking and baking, it has great recipes for vegans and non-vegans alike!
Chia Seed Muffins
3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup milk or non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1) Preheat oven to 300F.
2) If you do not have oat flour, add regular oats to a food processor and grind them in order to produce a fine powder.
3) In a large bowl, add the oat flour, chia seeds, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.
4) Add the remaining liquid ingredients and mix.
5) In a greased muffin pan, pour the batter evenly into 6 muffin tins (muffin tins will be filled about halfway).
6) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the muffin is firm enough to touch. Let cool in the muffin tin for roughly ten minutes or until they can easily come out of the pan. If the muffins do not fall out easily, use a knife to ease them out. Let cool on a wire rack.
7) Store in a container at room temperature or in the fridge.
3) Chia Seed Pudding
This blog post is seriously becoming an Oh She Glows fan post, but once again, I discovered this type of dessert/breakfast/snack (chia puddings seriously can be eaten whenever) thanks to her. There exists many variations to the recipe but the one I usually make is inspired by The Oh She Glows Cookbook. I will usually simply add 1 cup of vanilla soy milk, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and 1 tbsp of maple syrup to a container and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next day, I enjoy it as a snack with granola and fruit.
Another favorite of mine which is similar to this recipe is where I crush a ripe banana, add chia seeds, dairy or non-dairy milk and some vanilla extract for taste. For the full recipe, visit stupideasypaleo‘s blog, which is where I discovered this awesome twist on the classic chia pudding. Once again, you can leave the mixture overnight or for a couple hours for the chia seeds to gelatinize.
Also, check out this recent recipe on my blog, where I recreate the chia muffins as a microwaveable mug cake!! Here is my one minute healthy chia mug cake. If you haven’t tried chia seeds out, I highly recommend you do! For those of you who have, what is your favorite way to eat chia seeds?