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So I found a great sale, and I bought two whole pounds of raw organic chia seed! I generally put it in lemonade, but it's going to take me a long time to finish off two pounds of chia seed just doing that. Now I'm trying to figure out what else to do with it! What do you recommend? Any advice or recipe links would be helpful.
Thanks in advance! :-)
I have a jar of gel in the fridge constantly.
Gel goes into almost everything. A spoonful is quite refreshing
I add the seed to my salads.
I blend one banana, some almond milk and chia seeds. Stir well. Let set in fridge for half hour or so.
Lovely, simple banana pudding!
Make jam! I love chia jam and it is the easiest thing to make.
Oh I just thought of one more chia recipe that I love. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread- YUM!
My mistake! I'll figure out where to put the links and re-post.
Not sure how she would find the recipes in the recipe index- so here they are...
Raw Food Recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
3 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water until ALL moisture is soaked up
2 lemons (zest and juice)
1/4 cup raw honey
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 batch almond flour (here is a video about how to make the almond milk that yields one batch of pulp)
Put all ingredients into a food processor with an S blade to form the batter. Spread to 1/4 inch thickness on a dehydrator sheet lined with a Teflex sheet and dehydrate until dry enough to flip (Teflex will peel easily off the back). Cut then dehydrate on a standard tray (no Teflex sheet) until it dries to the consistency of bread, or dry it to a crisp for biscotti.
SUMMER BERRY JAM
2 cups fresh berries
3 tablespoons chia soaked in 1/2 cup water or fresh apple juice and 1-2 tablespoons syrup until a gel is formed
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
Start by soaking chia seeds in 1/2 a cup of water or apple juice and one tablespoon of maple. If you are using a berries that is not very sweet, like currents, you will need to use the second tablespoon of maple. Leave the chia seeds to soak until all the liquid soaks into the seeds and you have a gel. Put the chia mixture into the Vita-Mix with your fresh berries and blend until smooth. The mixture will be similar to a smoothie. Refrigerated the mixture to allow it to firm up slightly. If you want the mixture thicker and more firm, stir in another tablespoon of chia seeds.
This jam is delicious on fruit bowls, toast, ice cream (raw recipe for ice cream), brownies (raw recipe for brownies), or anything that will hold still.
I soak it and I put it in my smoothies.
I use them as a rice substitute when I make nori rolls (sushi).
The ratio I use is 1.5 chia to 2 water to .25 tamari (or nama shoyu, or soy sauce, or braggs)
I use it just like rice, then I add some nut cheez, some shredded carrots, finely julienned red bellpepper, small diced celery, spinach (bulkiness of spinach makes it tricky to roll, but it's soo yummy!)