When I got my first package of chia seeds delivered, I was super excited and quite probably scared the delivery guy a little bit (sorry!).
Chia seeds’ reputation as unrivalled superfood packed with all the nutrients your average body can only dream of getting was interesting enough, but I was only sold when I saw the gooey, gelly texture of soaked chia on all those healthy eating blogs out there. So, after having soaked chia seeds overnight in milk I was unconsolabely disappointed by how bland they tasted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for healthy eating but only if it actually tastes good. Make that amazing. For the next batch I went all out and swapped milk for coconut milk, added maple syrup and a dash of coarse sea salt, threw in some chopped banana and dates, a sprinkle of cinnamon and ground ginger and tadaaah! Amazing breakfast.
By now, I’ve come up and been pleased with the following ways to use chia (please don’t ask about the failures):
Firstly, the more liquid you use, the runnier the chia gets. I like to use more when I mix chia half and half with muesli and less when I want a chia-only gooey breakfast. Add some fresh fruit – or, as I did here, roasted peaches with a little maple syrup and you’ve got yourself some lovely healthy tasty breakfast.
1) Oriental-style: Use half chia seeds, half muesli (soakable muesli, so don’t try this with granola), 1 or 2 tsp ground almonds, some chopped up dates, fresh apricots or peaches, a dash of ground cloves and cinnamon, a tiny sprinkle of salt, 1 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener and rather a lot of almond- or other milk. Work with what you have on hand, this combination is just a suggestion. Swap the peaches for apples, the dates for raisins, season with cinnamon and sugar only, and you’ll have a nice Swiss-style Bircher thingy going on.
2) Puddingy: Use less liquid so the chia forms a solid mass overnight (best stored in a cup in the fridge). You’ll get the hang of it after a few tries. For a tasty liquid (milk is boring in this variety) you could blend fresh or frozen berries, sweetened (and if you feel fancy add balsamic vinegar to your strawberries and ginger to your raspberries) and throw in a handful of raisins or dates. Yum! Ground orange peel and cloves are nice, too.