Everyone has their food niche. Some can make any vegetable look amazing and taste delicious. Some can turn a a plain Jane ingredient into a decadent dessert. Some are good are strange but good combos. And some are good at making the most of the ingredients they have on hand. You all know who you are! But me? I like to think I am the latter. Give me a certain amount of one ingredient and I’ll give you several way to put it to good use! Cotter Creations, ya know?
That’s where today’s post into play. CHIA!
I love chia because it gives food texture, volume, and has lots of great nutrition perks (protein, omegas, fiber, etc.). But I will be honest, we don’t eat it every day. We usually rotate through these types of seeds because it’s better for my gut health. Just like the green vs orange smoothies, we vary our nutrients. Needless to say, we still love using it! And these past few weeks I’ve been using it a ton since the kiwi has been resting and focusing on more fiber, protein, fats, etc.
Okay, let me get to the recipes!!
Second –> Chia Protein Cakes! These are great for snacking, post workout, or after dinner desserts.
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 1 min
•30 grams Vanilla protein
•2 tablespoon chia seed
• 2 tablespoon pineapple juice or crushed pineapple
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•½ tablespoon coconut butter
•¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- ◦dried fruit
- ◦Greek yogurt or vanilla rice pudding for topping
mix everything in a large soup mug. Microwave for 30 seconds. Let it stand for a few seconds, then microwave again for 15 seconds, let it stand, then microwave one more time for 10 seconds. Flip it over on a plate and add topping. I used Greek yogurt, Rice pudding, and raisins. Melts in your mouth.
Third, a pudding! This is a great way to make your breakfast ahead of time and it allows the seeds to be soaked so it’s easier to digest. I let this chia pudding sit overnight so it’s thicker come morning!
Mix and let it sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Note –> I highly recommend carrying floss after you consume these. Unfortunately, the chia seed stuck in the teeth style is not trending yet.
What’s your favorite way to use chia? What’s your food niche?