Hello all, I hope your all enjoying the start of September? I finally got some me time to sit down relax and blog so I thought it was about time I popped in and said hello. After my lovely time of at the end of August I have been doing lots of overtime at work which hasn't left much time for anything else but I am still here see! Work has been full on but I as always I have had time to make some yummy food to keep me fuelled and thats been helped along lately by the lovely peeps over at Chia Bia. They sent me some of their chia seed goodies and I have been experimenting : )
I am a lover of chia seeds anyway but had not tried the ground versions mixed with fruits and these are so good, they are like the ground linseed mixes you can buy but to me a lot tastier. Chia seeds have a more subtle taste to me and I prefer them especially when making an over night oat concoction for breakfast which I have tried, pictured above.
Chia seeds are great for keeping you full, are a great source of omega 3 oils and are high in fibre, protein and antioxidants so whats not to love? I have made some yummy breakfasts combining the ground chia mixes with oats and milk then leaving them overnight in the fridge and having them for breakfast with added fresh fruit which is a great way to start the day and keep you going till lunch which is definitely needed in my job. I also tried out adding chia seeds to banana and courgette cake which obviously tasted amazing but then again what cake doesn't?!
There has been one more recipe I have tried out which is by far my favourite and that is my almond butter chia cookies.OMG they are bloody awesome and I am going to be making these a lot more often. These cookies are grain and refined sugar free with soft centres and to be fair are way to easy to eat, luckily this recipe makes 20-25 cookies which is more then enough to go round. This recipe is so simple you can't go wrong so if you do anything this week make these cookies!
Almond Butter Cookies with Chia Seeds
1.5 cups almond butter
9 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp Chia seeds
Heat the oven to 180c.
Mix all the above ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined.
Line two baking trays with parchment paper and spoon about a table spoon of dough for each cookie.
Push down each cookie with a fork and place about 1/2" between each on the tray.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let them cool before digging in!
These cookies are not overly sweet so if you prefer your cookies sweet you could add more sugar of you liked but for us these were perfect, a crunchy outer layer and a soft centre mmmmmm.......
I'm going to experiment with different styles and flavours as I think these could work in a number of ways and I am pretty sure me and Dale won't mind doing the tastes tests!
So what do I think of Chia Bia and their range of chia goodies? I think they're pretty damn good and would happily buy these off the shelf. They taste good and they do your body good so its a win win for me. You can check out Chia Bia on Facebook and Twitter to find out more and get other recipe ideas.
Have you tried Chia Bia, what did you think?