Little Seeds of Goodness
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine came to me with a small and humble packet of little helpers bursting with trendy super food goodness and asked me “what the hell do I do with these?”. Her sister had apparently told her that she should start eating chia seeds because they are good for her and she needs to take better care of herself. I myself have used chia seeds in the past mainly for desserts and to add to smoothies and I am vaguely aware of their rising super star status in the world of healthy super foods. I like the idea of trying to incorporate some health foods here and there in to my normally balanced diet and I like the idea of antioxidants and omega 3s of which chia seeds harbor many in their tiny little bodies. And I actually enjoy the gelatinous texture they take on when they expand their chia colonies when submerged in liquid. So I really do enjoy the unassuming little chia seed, I don’t however enjoy the price tag, but a small packet does actually go quite a long way when used as a health boost to another recipe or a super sprinkle on a smoothie. So what to do with my friend’s chia seeds……
At this point in time I was going through a biscuit phase, or a cookie phase if I was living in America. So I put the chia to use in an oaty biscuit recipe where it actually works really well to bind all of the ingredients together. Of course I was also going through a chocolatey dessert phase, a phase I seem to have been stuck in for the last 20 years, so I made us some chia dessert cups which I love because the texture is so unique, almost like chocolate mousse but not. And the best thing about this dessert is it also seems like a viable breakfast option which is always a plus! So with chia as my kitchen sidekick I put together Spiced Chia Oaty Biscuits and Chia Choc Banana pudding cups and we were chia cheerful!
SPICED CHIA OATY BISCUITS
2 Mature mashed bananas
3/4 C Oats
1-2 T Chia seeds
1/4 C Milk
1/4 C Desiccated coconut
1/4 C raisins
1 T Butter (melted) or Coconut oil
1 T honey
1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 C crushed nuts (optional)
1. Mix the chia seeds with the milk in a cup and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the chia have
worked their magic and created a gel consistency.
2. Mash the bananas and add all ingredients in to a bowl and mix together, add the chia seeds
once they have expanded. the mixture should be quite wet but it should roll in to a ball.
3. Roll about balls of the mixture in to biscuit size and put on a lined baking tray and flatten
the tops slightly to better resemble a biscuit.
4. Bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees until slightly golden. They won’t brown up like
normal biscuits but a sprinkling of gold is a good indication. Let sit to cool and enjoy a
healthy bikkie with your cup of tea!
* Makes about 12 biscuits*
CHIA CHOC BANANA PUDDING CUPS
1 Mature Banana
1/2 C Milk
1/4 C Chia seeds
1 T Cocoa
1 T Honey
Desiccated coconut to sprinkle
1. Mash the banana and mix in the cocoa and honey until the cocoa is completely combined and the
mixture is smooth.
2. In a bowl mix the chia seeds and the milk with the banana mixture until the chia seeds are
distributed evenly through the mixture. Pour in to small glasses and top with coconut.
3. Refrigerate until set. I like to make this in the morning so I have dessert waiting for me
that evening, this is so easy. Dessert in less than 5 minutes? Can’t complain with that!
* Makes 2 serves*