Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Chia Chia Chia

Chia seeds have been very popular in recent years. These seed are native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, although I have bought some which states it's from Bolivia. The popularity stems from the seeds nutritional content - they are packed with proteins, antioxidants, fibre and other nutrients(you can google chia seeds to read more).

I have also jumped onto the chia seeds bandwagon, more so because I was looking for alternative breakfast options, other than oats(will share more on oats in another post). Google is really our best friend, because there are tonnes or recipes and ideas for chia seeds. I get my inspirations from food blogs and instagram accounts. I came up with my own version of chia pudding and there are endless ways one can top the pudding with. I have a basic recipe below and some ways I have used them with.

Chia Pudding(Basic Recipe)

2.5 tbsp chia seeds(black or white)
125ml(1/2 cup) milk(can be dairy, coconut, soy, nut)
Sweetener to taste(sugar, honey, maple)

Mix all the above in a container. Let sit overnight in the fridge. It should have thickened considerably to a pudding texture. If you find it too thick add a bit of milk to thin it out.

How to to serve?

Papaya Chia Parfait - blend one wedge of papaya. Layer and top with strawberries, blueberries and unsweetened coconut flakes

Chocolate Chia Parfait - add 2-3 tsp(depends on how much you love chocolate :p) dark cocoa powder to the basic recipe. Top with Greek Yogurt, blueberries, chopped apple

Matcha Chia Pudding - as matcha powder is difficult to dissolve, add 3/4-1 tsp(different matcha powder have different intensity, so adjust accordingly) matcha powder to liquid first, mix well before adding the chia seeds and sweetener. Serve with fresh mangoes, pink grapefruit and coconut flakes

Coconut Chia Parfait. Instead of soaking in milk, soak in coconut water. Layer with mango puree , blueberries and home made granola

Mango Chia Pudding - puree mango and use it to soak the chia seeds. Serve with Greek yogurt, pink grapefruit and blueberries

Dragonfruit Chia Parfait(my fav color!). Puree pink dragonfruit and soak chia seeds. Layer with fresh mangoes, granola and red kiwi.