It was time to stock up on the school/kindy lunch box treats last weekend and I thought I'd do the usual muffins (of some type) and then I remembered I'd 'won' a packet of chia seeds. I added them to my basic muffin mix along with some cocoa and I had a lovely healthy little bundle of goodness for the kids (and us grown ups).
In case you hadn't heard, Chia seeds are the new wonder food on the market at the moment. They're not so new though.
Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica) is the richest known plant source of Omega 3, the essential fatty acid (almost 20%). It is one of the most powerful, functional, and nutritious superfoods in the world! Chia seeds are also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds can be eaten in fresh raw forms (sprinkled on salads, cereals, icecreams, etc) which are an excellent source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids and fibre which help in your digestion, known as dietary fibre. Chia seeds have more Omega-3 than salmon, more anti-oxidants than fresh blueberries, more fibre than bran flakes, more calcium than milk and more protein, more fibre and more calcium than flaxseed. Chia seeds can be grounded and the grounded Chia can be eaten with porridge. If you soak Chia seeds in water or fruit juice, you can get to taste a tasty liquid which is known as Chia fresca in Mexico and part of South Western US. Chia seeds can be used to make into gel which can be a good substitute for oil and fats in your food. This gel can also be added to jellies, baked foods and sauces.
(Source: Chiatrition Chia Seeds)
|Cross section of muffin - told my daughter "look, no seeds"|
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup oil (I used Canola)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tbs Chia seeds
2 tbs hot water
Soak Chia seeds in hot water until a gel forms. Combine all ingredients, mix lightly and pour into cupcake papers and bake in a 180 deg C oven for 15 minutes. Makes a dozen large sized muffins, 18 cupcake sized muffins or 24 mini muffins. (I usually bake without cupcake papers. Just spray oil in the muffin pan so they don't stick.)
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