As a foodie and health nerd, you tend to fall in love with products that you can use for multiple things – like chia seeds for example. With chia seeds, the possibilities are endless. Not only are they useful for cooking, they also boast the most impressive CV at “The company of superfoods” with mouth-watering attributes such as: five times more calcium than milk, seven times more vitamin C than oranges and eight times more Omega 3 than salmon! If you’re looking for tasty ways to incorporate chia into your regular diet, look no further – read on for these 3 Delicious Chia Recipes!
1. Chia pudding
Chia seeds can bind up to twelve times its own weight in liquid – therefore, they make the perfect pudding. I usually use coconut milk to make my chia pudding but you could also go with oat milk or almond milk.
Ingredients: This is what I use to make my pudding: 1 tbsp. chia seeds per 100ml coconut milk, vanilla powder and a pinch of sea salt.
Method: Then, I mix all the ingredients together and place it in the fridge to bind together. After one hour, I stir the pudding again to make sure all the seeds are evenly dispersed – then I let it sleep for the night.
2. Chia pancakes
Ingredients: If you want to make gluten-free, healthy pancakes with chia seeds here’s my favourite recipe: 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 100g coconut flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 200ml coconut milk, vanilla powder, 2 eggs and a pinch of sea salt.
Method: I start by putting the chia seeds in water (twice as much water as chia seeds), then I let it swell for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I blend coconut flour with baking powder, sea salt and vanilla powder in one bowl and whip the eggs in another. When the chia seeds are done, I mix all the ingredients together and let the batter swell for another 5 minutes. I fry the pancakes in coconut oil and serve them with fresh berries – delectable!
3. Chia jam
Ingredients: You can make your own, sugar-free chia jam with just three ingredients: your choice of berries, vanilla powder and of course – chia seeds. If you want to, you can also use a bit of agave or organic honey to make it sweeter. So, let’s say you love raspberries as much as I do, then you could emulate how I make my jam.
Method: I usually use 250g frozen raspberries, 2-3 tbsp. chia seeds and 1 tsp. vanilla powder. I put all of the above in a pot and heat it up carefully until it starts to boil. Then, I put the jam in a bowl and let it cool off. After an hour or two it should have the consistency of a jam, thanks to the swelling of the seeds.