CH-CH-CH-CHIA!! I first heard of chia seeds as the new "superfood" a few months ago (apparently flax is out and chia is in!?) If you're wondering whether or not these are the same chia seeds used for those cute terra cotta looking animals that grow green grass hair after a few days of planting - you are correct!
There are a bunch of ways to incorporate chia seeds into your meal including cereal, smoothies, yogurt, baked goods and juice. But my favorite so far has been this chia seed pudding made with coconut milk and fresh fruit. If you like tapioca, you'll love this recipe (chia seeds become gelatinous after sitting in liquid). It's a nice refreshing dessert or snack.
Recipe below... and if you need a little push to try it, think of all the health benefits packed into this little seed that contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber (aids in digestion, improves brain function and gives you a boost of energy). That's a lot for a little seed.
- 2 1/2 cups coconut milk (I used So Delicious brand from Central Market)
- 1/3 cup chia seeds (I used Navitas Naturals brand from Central Market, $12/ 1 pound bag)
- agave, honey or liquid sweetener of choice (about 2 tablespoons or to taste)
- fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and mangos)
A glass jar or plastic container w/ lid works great so you can shake it up (if you don't have this, just use a bowl and stir). Combine coconut milk and sweetener and shake/stir together. Add in chia seeds and shake again to mix everything together. Allow the mixture to chill for about 4 hours, shaking or stirring occasionally (otherwise you may have some clumps). Serve in bowls, layering in mixture and fresh cut fruit.