The health world is positively buzzing about chia seeds lately. They are little, but pack an omega-fatty acid punch and, apparently, a nice vitamin B boost to our hair too. If you look up chia seed recipes on Pinterest you will be busy for days. But they’re pricey little fellas. I found a package of them at Trader Jo’s for $5.99. But maybe you don’t have a Trader Jo’s? Our local groceries sell larger quantities for $12.99. That’s a little bit tough on a wallet, but I’m told they are so potent they are worth it.
I thought I was genius at inventing a way to eat my chia seeds, but I just started researching them again and this idea is everywhere. Sigh. I still can claim this recipe though, because I did, at the time, make it up. I love eating. I especially love eating after a long night of not eating. But I have to be careful to quickly fill my body with good foods, or else I’ll start the whole day off on a sour note. So for me, egg whites or oatmeal usually are my go-to breakfast choices. Bars are loaded with sugar most of the time, and the healthier bars are just too pricey. So I invented a chia seed oatmeal for your eating pleasure.
Chia seeds are hard, almost like quinoa and similar in size. But they can puff up like tapioca if you leave them in a cup of almond milk, coconut milk, or even regular milk for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator; and you can eat them like pudding. But I decided to go the easy way out. My hair needs the fastest help it can get, so when I got home from the grocer I threw together this recipe:
Chia Seeds Oatmeal
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (or any kind of oats you like)
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
First, prepare your oatmeal. I like to do it on the stove when I have time, but most days I don’t have time so I use the microwave. Throw the water and the oatmeal in a bowl and nuke it for two minutes. Then add in the chia, the cinnamon, the vanilla, and the almond milk. I don’t sweeten mine because I have a nasty sugar obsession and I’m trying to cut back where I can. But I suppose a teaspoon of honey, agave, or even regular sugar couldn’t hurt.
If you’re a planner, you can make a big vat of this oatmeal and keep it in the refrigerator all week long to dip into for a fast and filling breakfast. The seeds will inevitably puff up more like tapioca, but I like that texture too. It’s been a winner for me lately. Here’s to you, chia seeds!
Do you know any chia seeds recipes?
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (or any kind of oats you like)
- 1½ cups water
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- First, prepare your oatmeal.
- I like to do it on the stove when I have time, but most days I don't have time so I use the microwave.
- Throw the water and the oatmeal in a bowl and nuke it for two minutes.
- Then add in the chia, the cinnamon, the vanilla, and the almond milk. I don't sweeten mine because I have a nasty sugar obsession and I'm trying to cut back where I can. But I suppose a teaspoon of honey, agave, or even regular sugar couldn't hurt.
Katie H says
Sounds yummy! I’ve never tried chia seeds before but I need to!
Dandi D says
Yes, I am one of the many health nuts obsessed with chia seeds. I actually haven’t tried them in my oatmeal yet because I love making chia pudding so much!
Maria Iemma says
I have been hearing a lot about the benefits of chia seeds however I did not know how to incorporate them into my diet. I searched for chia and this post came up, thanks for the information.