How to Soak Chia Seeds & Use Chia Seeds
Soaking Chia Seeds makes them a very healthy and versatile addition to recipes
When Chia Seeds are soaked in liquid they simultaneously expand up to nine times their original size and release their amazing nutrients.
The longer they soak, the more the health benefit. Letting them soak overnight is optimal.
The seeds and liquid form a Gel that absorbs the flavor of the liquid, making unlimited flavor combinations possible.
Basic Chia Gel can be added to many recipes that are designed for people with food sensitivities as well. Raw Chia is a gluten free, all natural seed.
The seeds can be soaked in water, milk, fruit/vegetable juice or any other liquid you would like to try. The gel will stay fresh and ready to use for 2 weeks when refrigerated.
What makes them so healthy?
It takes our bodies a long time to remove the liquid absorbed by the seeds so it allows us to stay hydrated longer.
The Chia Gel also has other wonderful health benefits that make it important to use on a daily basis. This amazing new super-food has a significant amount of fiber, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, protein, iron, and calcium.
Basic Chia Gel
To make a basic Chia Gel used for baking and other recipes, all you need is water.
Start by mixing ¼ cup chia seeds and 1 cup of water, stir after 15 minutes or so, cover the container and place in the refrigerator. That’s it.
The seeds will turn into a gel that is the consistency of pudding or custard.
Let it soak overnight and it is ready to use. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Baking with Chia Gel
You can easily replace ¼ of the oil or butter in a baking recipe with chia gel without noticing any change in the taste or texture.
This simple change may increase the omega-3 fatty acids in the final recipe three times the original amount.
Although it might be tempting to substitute a larger percent for a larger benefit, 25% is the maximum substitution ratio you can use unnoticed.
As a bonus, adding the Chia Gel can keep the food moist and tasting fresh longer.
This can be used in many things like cakes, muffins, brownies, quick breads or any recipe that asks for oil or butter.
Chia Gel is a great snack!
When you soak the seeds in other liquids such as a fruit juice, vegetable juice, or flavored water you have an instant snack.
Combined 1 cup of liquid and ¼ cup Chia Seeds just like with the Basic Gel. The only difference is that you have added some flavor. Allow them to soak about 15 minutes then stir the mixture. You can eat the gel after 15 minutes or let it soak longer to increase the nutrition content.
Adding fruit or granola to your gel is a great way to make your snack unique and will give you the boost you need mid-day. Sliced bananas, pears, or peaches are a perfect compliment. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries also add an amazing flavor and texture. Stir the fruit in gently and eat the chia gel with a spoon.
There is always room for dessert when it's this healthy!
The fruit juice Chia gel makes an incredible topping for desserts as well. It is a delicious addition to ice cream, poached pears, baked apples, and of course cheesecake!
When the gel is mixed with fruit and layered with yogurt or custard you have a delicious parfait. If you go a step further and add granola to the mix you have just made a heavenly breakfast that has all the nutrition you need to power through your morning.
The Possibilities are Endless
Flavored gel can also be used when making seasonal Fruit Sauce or Chutney and served with pork or lamb for dinner.
There is no limit as to how many different ways you can use Chia Seeds Gel to improve your health and enhance your recipes.
The only question is, what do you like best?
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