Chia seeds are one of this year’s most popular superfoods – and for good reason!
The tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant Salvia were once an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans, who prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
They’re incredibly easy to eat too, this is one of our favourite chia recipes, chia pudding!
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups unsweetened soymilk, almondmilk or ricemilk (or normal milk if you’re not dairy free!)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons sultanas or chopped dried figs or dates
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Combine chia seeds, milk and vanilla in a glass jar with a lid.
- Shake well to thoroughly combine, or stir together seeds, milk and vanilla in a bowl
- Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, stir well.
- Spoon into bowls and top with fruit and coconut.
Note: To make the colour a little more appetising try using white chia or salba. You could also make it like a trifle with layers of fruit compote and chia pudding.
- 280 calories (70 from fat)
- 7g total fat
- 1.5g saturated fat
- 0mg cholesterol
- 200mg sodium
- 49g carbohydrate
- 7g dietary fibre
- 7g sugar
- 3g protein