So as you may or may not know, I recently read Born to Run.
Anyway, chia seeds are discussed in the book and I totally bought into the hype. I immediately went to the co-op and picked up a small container (in case I didn’t like them). And yes, if you’re thinking of the infamous Chia Head, these seeds are the same…and so much more!
After purchasing this tiny super-food, I set out to find ways to use them. I used them in a gluten-free flatbread recipe as a substitute for gelatin (they worked better than expected), we also put them in smoothies.
Thus far my favorite way thus to eat them is in overnight chia oatmeal.
This is super easy, and kind of fun to make. Below is the version I’ve been making most recently, but as usual, this is easy to adapt and change to your liking. I’ve seen some recipes call for adding sweeteners, but in my opinion, the fruit is enough. I’ll leave that up to you.
When mixed with liquid, the chia seeds get a fun gelatinous texture, similar to tapioca.
It’s also pretty great because you get tons of fruit in your first meal of the day and you can just grab it and throw in your purse (great for people like me who are bad about eating fruit and are always running late for work in the morning).
If you’re like us, you have an abundance of mason jars in your house and are trying to figure out how to use them when not canning. Today, you’re in luck. You don’t have an abundance of mason jars? That’s okay, any airtight container will work.
Overnight Chia Oatmeal:
- 1/4 cup rolled or steel-cut oats (I don’t remember what we have, either will work), uncooked
- 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 Saturn peach, pit removed and chopped (a regular peach or 1/2 cup frozen/canned peaches will also work, just avoid anything with added sugars or syrups).
- 1/2 cup milk (I used regular whole milk but almond or coconut milk would also be wonderful)
- 1 pint mason jar with lid (if you’re missing the lid, use parchment paper and cover with ring, or use any airtight container).
- Nuts of your choice
- Nut Butter
- Chocolate shavings
What to do:
- Combine all dry ingredients in jar, add milk. Seal, give the container a few good shakes and place in the fridge.
- Let sit overnight and eat for breakfast with or without the toppings of your choice.
That’s it. Boom Done.
PS. I’ve totally been holding out on you but I will be back. Pinky Promise. The delicious-ness and ridiculous-ness to follow will be worth it…at least I hope so.