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Chia Oat Pot with Berries

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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!

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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.

 

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Elsewhere in this blog I have published recipes of  chia puddings with spirulina, cinnamon & rhubarb.

 

Serves: 1

Preparation time: 15-30 mins soaking time (or even overnight) & 5 mins to assemble (assuming you have stewed apple already)

Ingredients:

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

 

Method:

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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