What are chia seeds? Well they are not for growing "Chia Pets". These seeds are a powerhouse of health. They are packed with Omega 3's, protein, fiber and a host of other great things. They have an amazing ability to swell and absorb 7 times their weight in water or liquid.
Per ounce, this super seed has about 130 calories, 4 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, nearly 200 milligrams of calcium, and 5,000 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids. (A cooked 3-ounce portion of wild caught salmon has about 2,200 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids.)
This recipe was fun to try. It would make a nice dessert or even breakfast.
This recipe was adapted from a sight called "Deliciously Organic" to make it a little more points friendly.
serves 4 ( 4 points +)
- 2 T. cocoa
- 4 T. sugar-free maple syrup
- 1-1/2 c. light coconut milk ( you can also use almond milk)
- 1 T. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract ( optional)
- 1/3 c. chia seeds
- berries for garnish
Whisk together first 5 ingredients until smooth. Stir in Chia seeds. Spoon into 4 glasses. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until gelled. Top with berries before serving