If you’ve never made anything with chia seeds before… this is definitely a recipe to start a love affair.
I made this fruit salad for a few friends that came over for dinner. I served it as a dessert, although it could easily be served anytime of day – especially for breakfast or a snack.
This fruit salad contains ZERO refined sugar is full of wonderful chia seeds!
And look what happened after I served it. Yes… all quickly gone.
It must have been good if I can say so myself
Chia seeds grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid, helping the body stay hydrated and full. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” — the oils found in this small little round seed is the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
I hope that’s reason enough to add chia seeds to your repertoire….but if it isn’t, just try this recipe and you will get a chance to feel their magic!
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups nut milk of your choice
- 4 cups of diced fruit of your choice (for this recipe I used pears and strawberries)
- ¼ cup currants or raisins or goji berries
- zest of one orange
- juice of one orange
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- mint leaves for decoration
- Add 1 cup diced fruit and a sprinkle of currents to 4 different bowls
- Combine nut milk, chia seeds, orange juice, zest, vanilla and cinnamon in a small pitcher and stir
- Pour ½ cup mixture on top of fruit in bowls
- Top fruit bowls with shredded coconut
- Refrigerate fruit bowls for at least 30 mins (or chill overnight)
- Top each bowl with a mint leaf before serving
Chia Seed Tips: Remember to store chia seeds in an airtight container. My favorite brand of Chia Seeds is from Nutiva because they 100% organic and I love their support for GMO-labeling… you can get a 12 ounce bag for about $9 bucks on Amazon.com (about a $2-3 dollars savings from my local store).
For this recipe I used homemade pistachio milk, but you can use any nut milk you like.
Please let me know if you make this recipe or any others. I have a new star system on my recipes… I’d love your honest opinion.
Mmmmm…I think I’ve having one of these for breakfast tomorrow.