It’s been a while since I’ve used Chia seeds – I was obsessed by the little protein miracles a while ago. I had a kitchen tidy up last week and discovered a large stash so I’ve started to use them in everything again. Along with my chia discovery was a large packet of cacao powder and half an orange looking sad in the fridge – and so the chocolate pot was envisaged. Along with the yoghurt it packs a good protein punch too.
Brilliant to make the night before to let the chia seeds do their magic – and what could be nicer than a chocolate breakfast ready to eat as soon as you open the fridge.
Sprinkle some nuts, seeds and coconut on top and it’s ready to enjoy.
Chocolate power pot
- Juice of half an orange
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon cacoa powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 100ml soya yoghurt
Mix all the ingredients together and put in the fridge overnight.
Choose your sprinkles – nuts, seeds, coconut or even granola would be great.
The rhubarb season this year has been fabulous and I’m still picking lots to play with. These are two really simple ways to eat more rhubarb for breakfast.
Rhubarb & Peanut butter chia pudding
A simple blending of peanut butter with stewed rhubarb and some oats and chia seeds and you have a delish quick rhubarb brekkie.
- 3 tablespoons stewed rhubarb
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 -2 tablespoons oats
- 50-100ml of almond or coconut milk – depending how thick you like your puddings.
Blend the rhubarb with the peanut butter and then stir through the oats, chia seeds and milk. Put in the fridge and try and wait until morning to eat it. Lovely with some added coconut yoghurt on top.
Rhubarb & Peanut butter on toast
Simples! Spread toast with peanut butter and add some stewed rhubarb on top. Nice with a sprinkling of granola to add some crunch. A very healthy jam option.
I like using both chia seeds and oats in my overnight soakings, a mix of protein and carbs. I find the consistency can become a little more solid, much like the old Irish tradition of porridge slabs kept in drawers! It’s like eating a soft flapjack and I love this consistency especially with some maple syrup and yoghurt spooned on top before eating. This is another healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast.
Blueberry Choc Chioaty
- 100g Blueberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons oats
- juice of one orange
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (if you want a stronger cacao hit then add a bit more)
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
Mix together and put in the fridge overnight. Top with yoghurt and maple syrup or some chocolate sprinkles!
After a few days of over indulgence this is a perfect low calorie glass of guilt free brekkie. Full of zingy energy combining turmeric, ginger and apple. You can make this the night before and leave it overnight in the fridge or just whisk it up quickly in the morning. Simple but full of flavour.
- 100ml coconut or almond milk
- 1 apple
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- nice chunk of fresh ginger (peeled)
Grate half the apple and put this in a small bowl or glass. Put the coconut milk, rest of the apple, the ginger and turmeric into a blender and blend well. Pour this over the grated apple. Easy!
You can also add a tablespoon of chia seeds to make this a bit more substantial – although it’s still a light dish. If you add chia seeds then leave overnight or for at least 1/2 an hour after making to enable the chia seeds to soak up some of the juice.
Tahini, coconut and pineapple are a perfect combo. I use tahini a lot for overnight breakfast oats and chia puddings – it really isn’t just for hummus! Frying and coating the pineapple with sesame seeds and coconut mixes all those lovely exotic flavours and it provides the accompanying chia pudding with a bit of texture.
This is a great breakfast for these mixed summer days, when you want something sunny but could do with a bit of warmth too, because let’s face it, August isn’t quite the sunshine month so far.
Pineapple tahini & coconut chia delight (serves one)
- 100ml coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 120g pineapple – cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Blend the coconut milk with the tahini and stir through the chia seeds. Leave for 1/2 hour or overnight.
Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the pineapple chunks for a couple of minutes. Then add the sesame seeds and desiccated coconut and toss with the pineapple to coat the pieces. Continue to fry for a couple more minutes. Serve on top of the chia pudding.