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Chia Pudding with Dried Apricots and Pineapple


Try to get this in the fridge the night before for the best texture. If you're short on time, just top some pineapple chunks with chopped dried apricots and some pan-toasted chia seeds for a little crunch and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Finely grated lime zest (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, and agave in a medium bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Serve topped with pineapple, apricots, coconut, and lime zest.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 10 Saturated Fat (g) 3.5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 29 Dietary Fiber (g) 8 Total Sugars (g) 19 Protein (g)4 Sodium (mg) 95Reviews Section

5 Healthy Chia seed recipes that you must try

Despite its size, Chia seeds contain important nutrients. It’s rich in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, as well as iron and calcium. Here are five must-try preparations for your Chia seeds!

Lemon Chia Pudding | Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon, zest, and juice
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, such as coconut or almond milk
  • 1⁄4 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend together the olive oil, maple sugar, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice, and almond milk. Add chia seeds, whisk together and let sit for 15 minutes until gelled.

*Regular granulated sugar may be substituted for maple sugar.

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Blueberry Chia Jam | Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄4 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract*

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add blueberries and maple syrup. Stir and cook the blueberry mixture for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash blueberries
  2. Next, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and continue to cook and stir for about 2 to 3 minutes or until blueberry mixture resembles a jam consistency. Remove from heat and blend in vanilla extract. Refrigerate and use within a week.

*Fresh, minced ginger or lemon juice also works well as flavoring agents in this jam.

Vegan Chia Seeds Pancakes | Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt/salt
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or other preferred sweeteners such as honey)
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional, adds flavor)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional, adds flavor)

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and ACV and stir until mixed. Then let sit for 5-10 minutes
  3. Cook in approximately 1/4 cup scoops over medium heat in a lightly oiled non-stick pan. Flip when bubbles appear in the middle of each pancake
  4. Cook for another 3-5 minutes on the other side.
  5. Makes approximately 10 pancakes.

Chia Pudding with Dried Apricots and Pineapple | Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Finely grated lime zest (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, and agave in a medium bowl
  2. Cover and chill overnight. Serve topped with pineapple, apricots, coconut, and lime zest.

Chia Seed Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 275 g white bread flour
  • 175 g wholemeal rye flour
  • 75 g rye flakes you can also use oat flakes, toasted
  • 9 g salt
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 50 g chia seeds
  • 415 g water 300g to make the chia gel and the remaining 115g to be added to the main dough

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 300g of the water with the chia seeds and stir. Immediately, the chia seeds will start absorbing the liquid and within 30 minutes you will have a thick gelatinous liquid. This chia gel will help keep the bread moist
  2. While the chia gel is maturing, combine the flours, rye flakes, salt, and yeast in a large bow
  3. Add the chia gel and the remaining water (115g), then knead it for 10 minutes
  4. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a lid. Rest for about an hour at room temperature
  5. Deflate the dough and shape into a round loaf on a lightly floured work surface
  6. Prepare a proofing basket and place the loaf into the floured basket for its second rise. Cover with a polythene bag to keep the moisture in. Depending on the temperature in your room, the second proof may take approx. 1 or 2 hours The fully proofed loaf will have expanded significantly
  7. Preheat the oven to 220°C for about 20 minutes
  8. Turn out the loaf onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
  9. Bake for 10 minutes at 220°C before decreasing the temperature to 200°C and bake for another 45 minutes
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

Do you know other Chia seeds recipes? Let us know in the comment section below!


Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

vegetarian, vegan skill level: easy

Prep. time 15 mins. Resting time 4 hours Calories: 191kcal

Ingredients (per person)

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix the chia seeds and milk together in a bowl
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well
  3. Let the chia seed mixture sit for 15 minutes until it thickens. Stir again.
  4. Pour into decorative glasses, e.g. parfait glasses
  5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving
  6. Top with your favourite berries, cherries or fruit.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

  • Calories 191kcal
  • Carbohydrates 16g
  • Protein 8g
  • Fat 11g
  • Saturated fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 12mg
  • Sodium 56mg
  • Potassium 259mg
  • Fiber 8g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Calcium 28.9%
  • Iron 10.3%

IDEAS FOR TOPPINGS:

  • Cherries
  • Berries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Apricots
  • Kiwifruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Purees or sauces made from fruit and/or berries
  • Nut butters
  • Dried fruit
  • Cacao nibs or a sprinkling of cacao powder
  • Spices
  • Shredded coconut
  • Candied ginger
  • Muesli or granola
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Creme Fraiche or whipped cream
  • chocolate nibs, sauce or flakes

Healthy Chocolate Chia Puddings
This is a special occasion chocolate chia pudding recipe that will fit in with your health goals and is easy to make. Serve in attractive glasses or bowls and decorate with fruit and nuts

Images: Left – Christina Henry Right Bottom – David Disponett, Pexels Right Top – Pixabay, Pexels

For special occasions you can make the chocolate chia pudding in a martini glass, parfait glass or glass bowl. Decorate with fresh cherries, nuts, strawberries and mint leaves. Dessert doesn’t have to be unhealthy – you can still have a treat while maintaining your healthy diet.


Chia Seed Pudding


Chia seeds have gotten a lot of buzz lately for their health benefits and ease of use. The tiny little seeds look a bit like exotic black and white swirled eggs from up close. They absorb lots of liquid and turn very gelatinous. They have a neutral flavor and while they cost a bit more than other seeds, it doesn’t take many to create an interesting effect.

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and contain alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). They also contain protein, fiber and some antioxidants. Chia seeds don’t need to be ground up like flaxseeds in order for the body to absorb their nutrients. I couldn’t find any information about the smoking point of chia oil, but I don’t think I’ll use them to cook or bake with since I’m not sure if the oils would break down and oxidize like flaxseed oil when subjected to heat.

I played around with different measurements, and I prefer 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk to 1/3 cup chia seed. You can make this pudding with milk, cream, almond milk, honey instead of maple syrup, stevia, etc. There are lots of ways to play with these little gems!

This pudding has a mousse-like consistency and only takes a few minutes to mix together. I prefer to eat it at room temperature because when it’s chilled, the texture becomes a bit too gelatinous. If you refrigerate the pudding, make sure to leave it out for about 15 minutes to take the chill off. It’s great with berries, a little whipped cream or chocolate shavings.


Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid stevia
  • ¼ cup chia seeds

Blend water, cocoa powder, apricots, walnuts, and stevia together in a blender until smooth.

Stir blended cocoa mixture and chia seeds together in a bowl. Let pudding sit until thickened, about 30 minutes. Transfer pudding to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until serving.


Now that you’re all read up on the health benefits of chia seeds, it’s time to choose some recipes that showcase this high-fiber wonder seed. Here are 10 of our favorites!

Coconut Chia-Tapioca Pudding

Health food stores often sell already shelled fresh coconut meat. If you can’t find it, buy a whole coconut instead. Look for one that’s heavy for its size and filled with liquid (give it a shake to be sure).

Blueberry-Chia Ice Pops

Keeping some blueberries whole in these ice pops results in unexpected, surprising bursts of sweet, fresh flavor.

Tropical Energy Bars

If you can’t find no-sugar-added pineapple, this recipe works with pretty much any dried fruit of your choice, and smaller items (such as currants) don’t need to be pre-chopped.

Chia Pudding With Dried Apricots and Pineapple

Try to get this in the fridge the night before for the best texture. If you’re short on time, just top some pineapple chunks with chopped dried apricots and some pan-toasted chia seeds for a little crunch and protein.

Hazelnut Granola and Chia Pudding Bowls

This honey-sweetened granola and rooibos-tea chia pudding are both worth making and enjoying on their own, but together with yogurt and a swirl of jam they become a breakfast you’ll want to eat on repeat.

Blueberry–Chia Seed Jam

Don’t worry if this looks a little runny when it’s hot. The chia seeds will plump as the jam cools, thickening it considerably.

Flaxseed–Chia Seed Pancakes with Bacon

Energy-packed flaxseed and protein-rich chia seeds give these flapjacks a lot more staying power.

Chia Limeade

This limeade recipe is made with a surprise superfood ingredient: chia seeds!

Pomegranate–Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait

Chia seeds form a gel when they’re soaked in liquid for awhile, making it a kind of high-protein analog to tapioca pudding. Though you’ll find tubfuls of chia pudding at your local health food store, it tastes especially good when cut with another texture like the yogurt here.


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Chia Pudding with Dried Apricots and Pineapple - Recipes

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup blueberry infused dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts and chia seeds onto a baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Meanwhile, add the agave, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the ingredients are combined, stirring frequently.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F.

Add the oat mixture to a large bowl. Add the dried fruit and immediately pour the liquid mixture over the oats and fruit. Stir to combine.

Pour mixture back onto the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


How to Use Goji Berries – Our Favourite Antioxidant Recipes

Being healthy is a breeze with delicious goji berries. Here are some of our favourite sweet and savoury dishes that make the most of these nutritious treats:

Goji Berry Iced Tea

Rinse a heaped teaspoon of dried goji berries in cold water. Then, add it to a cup of hot water. Allow them to soak and steep for at least an hour, until their flavour has infused the water. You can strain them out or enjoy the hydrated berries at the end of your comforting cup of tea. Add mint or lemon too for a different flavour dimension.

Stir-fry

Pork and goji berries work really well together. So, stir-fry pork loin with these berries, mushrooms, onions, celery, ginger, garlic, and soya sauce. If you’re using dried berries, rehydrate them in a little cold water for an hour or two before cooking with them.

Overnight Oats and Chia Pudding Bowl

This is a fantastic way to start the day or to finish off a workout. Use a 500 millilitre jar with a lid. In the jar, add a cup of plant milk, two tablespoons of chia seeds, four tablespoons of rolled oats, a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Blitz four tablespoons of fresh or rehydrated goji berries with two tablespoons of raspberries and two teaspoons of lemon juice together.

Leave the jar of oats to soften and combine overnight. In the morning, drizzle the oats and chia pudding with the goji berry sauce and enjoy.

Smoothies

There are so many options when it comes to choosing smoothie ingredients that nourish and nurture your body. Either use fresh berries or rehydrated ones. Some lovely combinations include:

  • Goji berries, strawberries, almond or coconut milk, and honey.
  • Banana, spinach, coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk, goji berries, and mixed frozen or fresh berries.
  • Goji berries, banana, peaches, and plant milk.

Chocolate Bark

Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water, add a little coconut oil, and mix well. Spread the melted chocolate out on wax paper or a silicon sheet. Sprinkle dried goji berries, nuts, seeds and dried fruit onto the warm chocolate. Leave it to cool and set. Then, snap the chocolate sheet into delicious shards of chocolate and berry goodness. Add this to ice-cream or push the shards into cakes or bakes.

Homemade Muesli

You can really combine so many different ingredients to make delectable homemade muesli. The general rule of proportions is:


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