What about Chia? & My Favorite 4 C’s Chia Pudding (V, GF)

Chia seeds really are a powerhouse food, full of omega-3s, potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, and are a complete protein. What more could you ask for in a tiny little seed? The fun thing about chia is when you put them in a liquid and let it sit for a while they plump up and have a tapioca like consistency.
What can you not do with chia? I mean seriously! The list could go on. I have compiled my top 10 favorite things to do with chia.

chia on top of granola

CHA-CHA-CHA-CHIA! (Yes I do say this every time I use chia…guilty).

1. I love to put a tablespoon in my smoothies, soups, and even on top of my salads.

2. I sneak it in to my cookies and other baked goodies or use it to make raw pie crusts like this one! .
3. I sprinkle it on top of some coconut yogurt or oatmeal or my favorite Pumpkin Coconut Granola or in my yummy Banana Roll-Ups.
4.Another favorite is to make what I like to call a “layered breakfast” with some overnight oats (½ cup GF Rolled Oats and ½ almond milk let sit in the refrigerator over night) layered with Chia pudding ( 3tbs chia seeds and 1 cup milk, let sit in the refrigerator overnight) and then layer in your favorite fruit/granola/nuts/seeds/spices/maple syrup/whatever. Have fun with it! Here is a link with some great step-by-step instructions for a basic vanilla chia pudding.
5. You can make this Chia Ja by simmering some frozen berries and chia in a sauce pan and cooling

chia kombucha fresca via runlikekale.com6. Better-Than-Gatorade hydrating chia drink = 8oz coconut water + 1 Tbsp chia seeds. This is so great to have after a long run to replenish those electrolytes
7. Make energy bars with nuts, dates, chia, and hempseed.

8. Chia Lemonade: add a tbs of chia to a cup of water, the juice of a lemon and a tbsp of grade B maple syrup. Let it sit for about 30 min to allow for the seeds to plum up and enjoy!
9. Kombucha Chia Fresca!  I LOVE this. I use my homebrewed kombucha (a great probiotic and good for the gut), which is SO much yummier than the store bought stuff. Soak 3tbs of chia, in 1 cup of water overnight (or at least a couple hours so they are all plumped up) Then stir in a cup of Kombucha, or favorite juice.

coconut coffee chocolate chia pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Coffee Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding:  the 4C's Chia Pudding via runlikekale.com

This is my new favorite and what I will be sharing with you today

Ingredients:

½ cup of your favorite brewed and chilled coffee

½ cup canned coconut milk or coconut cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or a small piece of vanilla bean

1-2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup (or sweetener of choice, or not at all)

1 tablespoon cacao powder (not the same as cocoa powder although that will work as well, cacao is considered a super food and has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food found yet)

¼-1/3 cup chia seeds depending on how thick you want it.

Optional: Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter
Add 1 tablespoon hempseed for more protein or try maca powder for extra energy.

Directions:

  1. Mix up brewed coffee, coconut milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cacao.
  1. Place into a jar with a lid then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake.
  1. Keep in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours.

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