Let’s quickly go through some of the benefits of consuming chia, then I will share a few chia bread recipes that I have tried and enjoy…
Chia is said to:
- have triple the antioxidant levels of blueberries
- have double the protein of any other seeds or grains
- be a rich source of calcium
- contain the mineral boron, which aids in the absorption and utilization of calcium in our bodies
- have double the potassium of a banana
- have triple the iron found in spinach
- be a great source of essential fatty acids (the ‘good’ fats)
People use 1/4 cup of chia gel (made from soaking seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes) as a direct replacement for eggs in recipes!
Included below are recipes for Chia Shortbread, Banana-Chia-Nut Bread, as well as Onion-Chia Bread.
- Juicer (if preparing fresh apple juice)
- 5 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 cups of freshly juiced organic apple juice
- 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder (or other healthy raw sweetener)
- 1/4 cup of dried mulberries or 1/8 cup of dried goji berries
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- Put the chia seeds in the apple juice and let soak for about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Leave to soak for at least 10 more minutes.
- Food Processor
- Personal Blender like the Magic Bullet (optional for “ground” ingredients)
- 2 cups of fresh vegetable juice pulp (just grab what comes out of the ‘other’ side of the juicer)
- 8 tablespoons of ground chia seeds
- 3/4 cup of raw walnuts (or other nut like pecans)
- 3/4 cup of raisins
- 5 bananas
- In a food processor, or possibly even a blender, mix together the vegetable pulp and bananas.
- Next, mix in the seeds.
- In a bowl, mix in the walnuts and raisins with a spoon or by hand.
- Shape into a loaf, or whatever shape you want.
- Eat it up!
- Dehydrator (like the Excalibur)
- Food Processor
- Personal Blender (optional for “ground” ingredients)
- 2 1/2 pounds of sweet onions, peeled
- 1 cup of ground, soaked raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of ground chia seeds
- 1/4 of an avocado
- 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1-3 ounces of Nama Shoyu (or other healthy soy sauce alternative)
- In a food processor, using the ‘S’ blade, cut onions into small chunks.
- Transfer onions to mixing bowl and add in other ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
- Smooth out (1/4″ thick) onto teflex sheets or unbleached parchment paper.
- Dehydrate for 2 hours at 115 degrees.
- Transfer to mesh and continue to dehydrate at 105 degrees overnight (or until crispy).
- Break into pieces.
- Eat right away or store in fridge (air tight container).
Now, there are of course baked versions of chia bread, but why not keep all the nutrients in tact, rather than destroy them with heat when you have these yummy raw recipes to choose from?