The chia seeds offer a large serving of omega 3's and are a power food as well. The Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures used this as a staple food and said it made them run faster and longer. It is hydrophilic and can hold 10 times it's weight in liquid. It makes a great gel for jam, replacing eggs (1TBSP chia to 4 parts water), and so much more. It is a great source of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, iron and omegas. Not to mention the trace element boron which helps transfer calcium to your bones and high in protein too. It can also level blood sugar....I could go on but please research more if you like.
Breakfast fruit bars
If you plan on this for breakfast, it saves a lot of time by making the fruit filling the night before. These are also fabulous packable foods for lunches, picnics and potlucks.
1 12 oz bag of frozen fruit
2 TBSP maple syrup or agave (could use stevia)
4 TBSP chia seeds
1. Add fruit and sweetner in a sauce pan and boil till soupy
2. Add in chia and mix around. Let this sit over night in the pot
2 C old fashioned oats
3/4 C whole wheat pastry flour (soft white)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 C maple syrup
1 TBSP chia seed + 4 TBSP hot water
1/2 C melted coconut oil
2 TBSP milk (nut, hemp or coconut)
Preheat oven to 350*
1. Combine chia and water to an "egg" and set aside
2. Combine the dry ingredients and add the wet to them including the "egg"
3. Line an 8x8 dish with parchment and put 3/4 of the bar mixture in the bottom, pressing to make even
4. Put the jam mixture on top and spread evenly
5. Crumble the remaining bar mixture on the top and put in the oven for 30 minutes
6. Let this cool for 30-60 minutes before serving