Homemade ‘Chia Goodness’ Breakfast Mix

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Chia Breakfast Mix

I came across, Chia Goodness recently while browsing some blogs for breakfast ideas, immediately fell in love with it and decided to try to make up my own version.  Now I should point out that being in the UK,  I have never seen Chia Goodness up close, or even tasted it, but the ingredients looked so appetising and I felt that it would be simple to knock up a batch of my own.

Chia Goodness is available in the US/Canada from iherb.com and though it’s possible to find it in the UK (Healthy 24-7 on ebay is one option), it is significantly more expensive, hence my thoughts to try a homemade version.

For anyone who hasn’t caught up with the latest super hero on the health food scene, let me introduce, Chia, or the Salvia Hispanica plant. Originating from Mexico and Guatemala, this plant was a staple food of the Aztecs.  The seeds contain high percentages of Omega 3 fatty acids (more than salmon), are high in protein, and also contain calcium, phosphorus and potassium.  The other great aspect of the seeds is that, like flax, they will absorb a significant amount of water, to form a ‘pudding’ of sorts, and this can help you feel fuller for longer.  This also helps to absorb toxins as they move through your body.   As I am not a nutritionist, here’s a good unbiased report on the chia craze from the BBC.

Back to breakfast.  Well, actually I tend to eat breakfast at lunchtime.  I’ve never been a lunch fan, preferring to have smoothies, fresh juices or other warm, latte type drinks to fill me up in the morning, and then move on to breakfast at around midday/1 o’clock.  As I’ve recently given up gluten, many of my go-to options are no longer on the menu so this Chia breakfast mix recipe is the perfect solution.

I enjoyed a bowl of the apple/cinnamon blend yesterday, mixed with coconut milk, some coconut/strawberry kefir yoghurt, and lots of berries.  It was delicious to the point where I immediately made up a jar of chocolate mix to try today!

So here are the recipes, and as usual, this is not rocket science and percentage amounts of each item are down to your preference.  I just went for what looked pretty in the jar!  The idea though is that chia forms the bulk amount of the recipe, but if you are not so keen on the soft texture when it has soaked for a few minutes, then add more of the crunchy seeds/buckwheat.

Apple Cinnamon Chia Breakfast Mix

– 2 pts Chia seeds
– 1 pt Buckwheat Groats
– 1 pt Hulled Hemp Seeds
– 1 pt Dried Apples (cut into small chunks)
– 1 pt Raisins
– 1 pt Almonds (cut into small pieces)
– Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sugar/stevia powder) to taste
– Cinnamon to taste
– Sea Salt to taste

Put everything into a jar and give it a good shake, then soak a tablespoonful in some milk for a few minutes to test if you need it sweeter, or crunchier.

To serve, put 2 tablespoons of the mix into a bowl (or three if you are particularly hungry/piggy!), add milk of your choice – I chose coconut milk kefir but any dairy-free milk will do, wait a few minutes for the chia to soak up some of the liquid, add some fruit and enjoy!  It might seem that the serving is not sufficient to fill you up but remember that this is a bowl of pure goodness so will fuel you way better than any other cereal.

Chocolate Chia Breakfast Mix

– 2 pts Chia seeds
– 1 pt Buckwheat Groats
– 1 pt Hulled Hemp Seeds
– 1 pt Dates (cut into small chunks)
– 1 pt Almonds (cut into small pieces)
– Raw Cacao powder (or cocoa powder) to taste
– Raw Cacao nibs (lightly crushed) to taste
– Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sugar/stevia powder) to taste
– Sea Salt to taste

On Ruth’s Hemp Foods site, there are other Chia Goodness blends including Cranberry Ginger, and plain.  If you wanted to make up your own batches of these, just look at the ingredients and adjust as you wish.

I hope you enjoy this new breakfast option as much as I do 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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