I have been cooking with chia seeds longer than… I have been reading blogs. We stocked them in the dispensary at the clinic, and I started out adding them to salads. I learned what happens when mixed with water – they turn to a gel – and I started using them in smoothies and baking.
Why chia? Many reasons:
It is a plant based complete protein (energy!), and a plant based source of omega-3 (heart health!). Chia seeds are high in antioxidants as well as calcium, magnesium, niacin, zinc and fiber. Chia has a long shelf life (more than flax) and nutrients are available as is, rather than having to be ground (like flax).
Also? You can bake with them, reducing the butter or oil in a traditional recipe.
Chai is one of my favorite flavors – warm and spicy – and it makes a unique and tasty cookie!
The chai powder I use is a ready to drink tea powder, not a concentrate. If you are using a concentrated powder, reduce the amount to taste.
chai chia protein bites
makes 10-12 cookie balls
In food processor or blender, puree beans. Add sunflower butter, chai and stevia, blend. It should form a ball of dough, if it is still crumbly, add a tiny amount of water, a teaspoon at a time. Process – it should quickly form a dough ball.
Stirring by hand, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Form into 1-inch balls and roll into the last tablespoon of chia seeds (just across top of ball). Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
What is your favorite tea? Do you use chia seeds? Did you ever have a Chia Pet?
I shared this post with Wellness Weekends over at Diet Dessert and Dogs! Go visit for some great recipes!