We have been eating these aztec seeds for quite a while now but they haven't been easy to find here in the UK. Despite the loooong use of them in Mexico and in the US, here in the EU, they are classed as a 'novel' food (any food that doesn't have 'significant' use in the EU prior to 1997) and only permitted for sale as an ingredient for bread (no more than 5%). Don't you just love the Novel Food Act? I'm wondering why spaghetti cheese strings haven't yet been classified, they're certainly novel, and to the best of my knowledge were not around before 1997 anywhere, let alone here... ;) Anyways, it looks like the classification is about to change here and suddenly chia seeds are everywhere- the chia craze has hit, hoorah!
Chia seeds are amazing little things, about twice the size of poppy seeds, these teeny titans of power are a complete protein source, rich in Omega 3's and packed with minerals too! The health benefits of having these in your diet are great; they are easy to incorporate into salads, drinks and smoothies and and they taste pretty good as a meal too.
Another thing I love about them is that they require such little effort to prepare. All you need to do to turn these seeds into a delicious pudding, is soak in some water, juice or milk of your choice for a couple of hours and presto, they swell up and become a tapioca like pudding that's just as creamy, and a lot tastier.
This recipe is my favourite way to have it, and one that is popular with the whole household, you can make it up the night before and wake up to a ready done brekkie. This is the kind of 'fast' food I'm all about!
Chia seed pudding Serves 2
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1-1 1/2 cups of brazil milk (or another nut/seed milk of your choice)
Few drops of vanilla stevia (or alcohol free vanilla extract)
Grated zest of hald an unwaxed lemon
Handful of sesame seeds
2 handfuls of blueberries
Drizzle of maple syrup or honey
Mix the chia seeds and milk in a jar with a lid (a kilner jar is perfect).
Shake well to mix. Leave the jar in the fridge for a minimum of half an hour ( longer is better, use less milk if leaving for under 2 hours).
A great tip is to make it before you go to bed, leave in the fridge overnight, and you'll have it ready for breakfast when you wake up!
Dress with the grated lemon zest, sesame seeds, blueberries and maple for a delicious taste sensation that you'll never get from plain old cereal!