Who would have thought that something so small could offer so many health benefits? Packed with protein, fibre, & omegas, chia seeds are a fantastic addition to a healthy diet (especially if you are a vegetarian, vegan or a fitness fiend!).
They keep you fuller for longer due to their highly absorbent properties & so are ideal for folk wanting to stabilise their blood sugar levels, & peeps wanting to lose weight. In addition, their high protein content makes them a great choice for fitness junkies & those on a paleo, low carb diet. Just don’t eat them without soaking them first!
The chia-mix in this recipe is enriched with Pulsin’ protein powder (the soya bean & pea protein varieties being gluten-free & suitable for vegans) & I find that this really sustains me through the day.
There is the cool creaminess from the chia mixed with the yoghurt & oats, sweetness from the fresh fruit & crunch from a layer of sunflower seeds. There is even a layer of ground flaxseed for extra nutritive value. YUM! This is delicious as a breakfast, or a snack & pretty enough to be served as a dessert.
These berry chia pots are so easy to make & convenient: you can make it days in advance & store it in the fridge. By layering up the ingredients in a jam jar/ small mason jars, you can have a grab and go breakfast.
Elsewhere in this blog I have published recipes of chia puddings with spirulina, cinnamon & rhubarb.
Preparation time: 15-30 mins soaking time (or even overnight) & 5 mins to assemble (assuming you have stewed apple already)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup of milk of choice (almond and coconut milk work well)
1/4 cup of yoghurt of choice (Greek or coconut yoghurt work well)
2 tsp of whole chia seeds
1.5tsp Pulsin’ protein powder of choice (I used soya bean here)
1.5 tbsp ground flaxseed
1.5 tbsp sunflower seeds
Berries: a large handful of fresh berries: I have used blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
1/2 kiwi fruit, sliced
1/2 banana, sliced
To garnish: some berries, ground flaxseed & a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
Optional: 1/2 tsp honey if you like it sweeter or vegan substitute like agave & 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Make the chia-oat mix. Mix together the rolled oats, milk, yoghurt, honey & vanilla extract if using, whole chia seeds & Pulsin’ protein powder. Stir & set aside for 15-30 mins or overnight in the fridge. The chia seeds & oats will hydrate to form a creamy mixture ideal for layering (& delicious to eat!)
The fun then begins. In a jam jar or mason jar start with spooning in a layer of the chia-oaty mixture. Then alternate with layers of & chia-oaty mix, kiwi slices, banana slices, sunflower seeds, berries, ground flaxseed. I like to finish with some berries, ground flaxseed & pumpkin seeds on top.
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