Archive for May, 2014

Something New, and Kinda Weird

May 12, 2014

So you’ve heard of chia seeds.  Maybe you’ve even seen them on store shelves.  They’re actually not all that new.  It’s said that the Aztecs used chia seeds to survive long journeys. They even make really cool pets (yes, these seeds marketed as food are indeed the same little seeds that came in your Chia Pet kit).  But what the heck can chia seeds do for you?  For starters, they offer antioxidants (and who doesn’t need more antioxidants?)  They also provide significant amounts of Omega-3’s (these are the Omegas we need more of).

As mentioned in the title, they are a little weird.  They are hard little seeds, but when added to liquid they get gelatinous.  Kinda soft and squishy and slimy.  You can add them to your yogurt or smoothies for an extra nutrient kick.  This is probably one of the most popular uses.  But when you add the proper amounts of the right ingredients, you can get a wonderful (healthy) dessert.

Chia pudding 1Chia pudding is one of my favorite desserts these days.  If you are ok with the texture of tapioca pudding, then you’ll probably enjoy chia pudding.  While you can use almond milk and fruit, my preferred recipe includes coconut milk, dates, and raw cacao powder.  The dates give a wonderful sweetness and the cacao powder offers a healthy dose of antioxidants as well as magnesium and iron along with a great chocolately flavor.

Give it a go if you dare!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients: 1-1/4 cup coconut milk, 3-4 dates pitted and chopped, 1 Tablespoon raw cacao powder, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 cup chia seeds

Method: Soak dates in coconut milk for 20-30 minutes to soften.  Stir in cacao powder until well blended.  Add vanilla and chia seeds and stir well.  Cover and let set in refrigerator for about 30 minutes for flavors to come together.  Enjoy!

 

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