5 Healthy Chia seed recipes that you must try

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Despite its size, Chia seeds contain important nutrients. It’s rich in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, as well as iron and calcium. Here are five must-try preparations for your Chia seeds!

 

Lemon Chia Pudding | Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon, zest, and juice
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, such as coconut or almond milk
  • 1⁄4 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend together the olive oil, maple sugar, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice, and almond milk. Add chia seeds, whisk together and let sit for 15 minutes until gelled.

*Regular granulated sugar may be substituted for maple sugar.

 

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Blueberry Chia Jam | Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄4 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract*

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add blueberries and maple syrup. Stir and cook the blueberry mixture for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash blueberries;
  2. Next, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and continue to cook and stir for about 2 to 3 minutes or until blueberry mixture resembles a jam consistency. Remove from heat and blend in vanilla extract. Refrigerate and use within a week.

*Fresh, minced ginger or lemon juice also works well as flavoring agents in this jam.

 

Vegan Chia Seeds Pancakes | Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt/salt
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or other preferred sweeteners such as honey)
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional, adds flavor)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional, adds flavor)

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl;
  2. Add the almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and ACV and stir until mixed. Then let sit for 5-10 minutes;
  3. Cook in approximately 1/4 cup scoops over medium heat in a lightly oiled non-stick pan. Flip when bubbles appear in the middle of each pancake;
  4. Cook for another 3-5 minutes on the other side.
  5. Makes approximately 10 pancakes.

 

Chia Pudding with Dried Apricots and Pineapple | Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Finely grated lime zest (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, and agave in a medium bowl;
  2. Cover and chill overnight. Serve topped with pineapple, apricots, coconut, and lime zest.

 

Chia Seed Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 275 g white bread flour
  • 175 g wholemeal rye flour
  • 75 g rye flakes you can also use oat flakes, toasted
  • 9 g salt
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 50 g chia seeds
  • 415 g water 300g to make the chia gel and the remaining 115g to be added to the main dough

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 300g of the water with the chia seeds and stir. Immediately, the chia seeds will start absorbing the liquid and within 30 minutes you will have a thick gelatinous liquid. This chia gel will help keep the bread moist;
  2. While the chia gel is maturing, combine the flours, rye flakes, salt, and yeast in a large bow;
  3. Add the chia gel and the remaining water (115g), then knead it for 10 minutes;
  4. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a lid. Rest for about an hour at room temperature;
  5. Deflate the dough and shape into a round loaf on a lightly floured work surface;
  6. Prepare a proofing basket and place the loaf into the floured basket for its second rise. Cover with a polythene bag to keep the moisture in. Depending on the temperature in your room, the second proof may take approx. 1 or 2 hours; The fully proofed loaf will have expanded significantly;
  7. Preheat the oven to 220°C for about 20 minutes;
  8. Turn out the loaf onto a baking tray lined with baking paper;
  9. Bake for 10 minutes at 220°C before decreasing the temperature to 200°C and bake for another 45 minutes;
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

 

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