3 Treats with Chia Gel | Cookies and 2 Types of Breakfast Bars

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Chia Seeds have become one of my favorite superfoods. I often add it to my cereal and lately have been using it in the Coconut Protein Waffles I have been making my 9 year old everyday for breakfast. As a superfood, Chia is packed with nutrients. Here’s just a couple of the impressive nutritional facts:

  • Chia has nearly three times more iron than spinach
  • Has more than 6 times Calcium than Whole Milk – this is especially important for those kiddos that don’t like milk
  • 9 Times the amount of Omega-3’s then salmon
  • Black Chia seed has 4.7 grams of Protein per ounce
  • More Fiber than Flaxseed at 10 grams per ounce

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of why you shou/ld eat Chia, but a pretty good incentive in my opinion.   So I’ve been trying out new recipes with Chia.  One way to make your Chia go even further is to make it into Chia Gel.  This is super simple and inexpensive.  Here’s how to make it.

Chia Gel
 
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Chia Gel is great for baking. Replace up to half of the butter in the recipe Tablespoon for Tablespoon or substitute an egg with 2 TBSP of Chia Gel
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Serves: 9 TBSP
Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seed
  • 9 TBSP Filtered Water
  • Bottle with lid
Instructions
  1. Add Water and Chia Seed to Jar
  2. Close Container and shake.
  3. Let the mixture sit on counter for 15 minutes. It will become Gel.
  4. Can Refrigerate for one week in covered jar
Using the Chia Gel I made I made three great recipes.  One is a tasty cookie and the other two are recipes I’ll be serving my kids for breakfast.  In each the Chia Gel was used in a completely different way.  In the first recipe, it reduced the amount of butter needed by half, the second replaced eggs and the final recipe the Chia Gel was just included for the extra nutrients.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Half the Butter

3 Treats with Chia Gel
 
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Who says reduced fat doesn't taste good? This yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe provides some of the chewiest cookies with ½ the fat.
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Cuisine: Chewy Chocolate Chip CHia Cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 8 TBSP Butter (melted)
  • 4 TBSP Chia Gel
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Spplesauce
  • 1 tsp Vanila
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray cookie sheets with Cooking SPray
  2. Mix butter and sugars and then add remaining wet ingredients. Add Chia Gel last.
  3. In seperate bowl, mix dried ingredients (except chips)
  4. Stir dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Stir in Chocolate Chips
  6. Using TBSP place on Cookie tray
  7. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes until edges are light brown but center will be soft and puffy
Notes
Recipe based on Ultra Chewy Chia Chocolate CHip Cookies recipe found in Chia Seed Remedies
The cookies went over exceedingly well.  No one noticed they were a healthier version, not even my husband.

Pumpkin Oat Bars without an Egg

Pumpkin Oat Bars without Eggs
 
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Tasty and Healthy breakfast bars using Chia instead of an egg
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Quick COoking Oats
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • 3 TBSP Hemp Seed
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or I used thissubstitute recipe
  • ½ tsp kosher Salt
  • ½ cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 TBSP Chia Gel - to replace the 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ cups Pumpkin Puree
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Stir oats, brown sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in bowl.
  3. Make a well in center and pour in evaporated milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir to combine
  5. Add in Pumpkin and mix
  6. Pour into prepared 8x8 baking pan
  7. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes until toothpick comes out clear
  8. (I had some remaining chocolate chips from previous recipe, so I placed them on top when it had about 5 minutes of cooking time left.)
These went over very well and my picky breakfast eater loved them.  That’s great in that it will change up the egg filled Coconut Waffles he eats most days.

Granola Bars (Chia Gel added for Nutrients)

I was very happy with my first two recipes, but I had some leftover evaporated milk I didn’t want to go to waste and just a bit more Chia Gel, so I made this Granola Bars Recipe

Granola Bars
 
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Chia and Hemp Heart enriched Granola Bars. Great start to the morning.
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Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk (less ½ cup used in Pumpkin Oat Bars)
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 3 TBSP Chia Gel
  • 4 TBSP Hemp Hearts
Instructions
  1. Warm Evaporated Milk. I placed it in the baking dish in the oven
  2. while the Pumpkin Oat Bars were cooking and mixing together remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour Oat mixure into Warmed Evapoated Milk
  4. Stir Together until moist and can be pressed down into pan into even surface
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 225 degrees and remove. Let sit for about 15 minutes and cut into bars. Let cool completely
Notes
Based on this Breakfast Bars Recipe
I thought these were really good, but the kiddos weren’t crazy about the cashews.  So next time I think I’ll try peanuts or almonds.

Chia-Seed

So give Chia a try.  It’s really not that pricey and so good for you.   You can pick up a 32 oz Bottle for just $8.48 at Sam’s Club.  That’s only 26.5 cents per ounce.  Well worth it in my opinion for all the benefits Chia Offers

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