“Are there Chia seeds in this?”, My Time as a Healtheries Super Sampler.

Thanks healtheries

Thanks Healtheries

“Is there Chia in this?”

The answer to this question for most of April has been a resounding – YES!

At the beginning of my time as a Healtheries Super Sampler I mentioned that I wanted to experiment with Chia being an addition to our diet and I would not use it in new recipes. I stuck to this and we had chia in many a breakfast, baking, snuck into dinners and even as a beauty treatment.

I have been pleasantly surprised by both the Healtheries Ground Chia and Healtheries Black Chia Seeds. It has been enjoyable to use chia and hide it knowing that I have added more nutrition to our everyday foods. Chia will continue to be a staple item in my cupboard and I am going to buy some s White Chia Seeds.

Thank you Healtheries for choosing me as a Super Sampler.

Here is a round-up of ways I have used Healtheries Chia seeds.

Peach Chia Jam, no cook

Peach Chia Jam

Peach Chia Jam (Healtheries Black Chia Seeds)

Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Look! Golden granola.

Look! Golden granola.

Granola Using Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Blueberry pancakes with Healtheries Ground Black Chia Seeds.

Blueberry pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

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Ground chia used as a binder in meatballs

Healtheries Ground Chia as a Binder.

Healtheries Ground Chia, oat, blueberry and orange muffin.

Ground Chia, oat, blueberry and orange muffin.

Healtheries Ground Chia, Oat, Blueberry and Orange Muffin.

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Can’t believe I posted this.

Healtheries Ground Chia and Coconut Oil Face Mask.

Overnight waffles with Healtheries Balck Chia Seeds.

Overnight waffles .

Overnight Waffles With Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Don’t be scared of chia, buy it, learn to use it and get brave.

Add it to everything to get that added boost of nutrition. Enjoy.

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A New Overnight Waffle Recipe, Yes, You Guessed Right, I Added Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

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I have once recipe for overnight waffles blogged already, that recipe is good but this one is better. With this one there is no mixing to do just before cooking and they have that lovely yeasty taste.

I made these in the morning and we had them for tea with lots of fruit in the evening. The overnight part isn’t a rule, just a guideline. I would make sure they have around 5 hours to stand. If you are worried leave them out on the side for the first hour and then pop them in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

The original recipe is from Foodess.com and uses butter. I have decided to be even lazier and use canola oil. The mix is rather runny but they cook to form a nice risen waffle and are a rather lovely golden colour.

Last night I cooked half the batter without the Healtheries Black Chia Seeds, I added around 2 tbsp to the remaining batter. We did a taste test and agreed that it is worth adding a little goodness. The chia does change the texture and adds what is best described as, a nutty hint.

There are seeds in there, honest.

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Overnight Waffle Recipe - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: around 8-10 waffles
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2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

2 heaped tsp yeast (I use dry granules)

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp castor sugar

1/2 c canola oil

2 c milk (I always microwave any milk for around 45 secs to take cold edge off)

 2 eggs lightly beaten

*optional 2-3 tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

In a large bowl mix flour, yeast, salt, sugar and cinnamon

In another bowl mix the oil, milk and eggs

Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients

*add optional Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

Whisk together, cover and leave to rest in the fridge

Heat the waffle iron

Whisk again

When iron is ready add around a ladle full of mix

Cook until brown, a good indication is when steam stops

Eat and enjoy

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

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Yes, another pancake recipe and yes, more chia seeds. These chia seeds are so very easy to use and I am really enjoying adding them to everyday things to bump up the nutrition. Have a google, figure out some ways to use them yourself and have a read about the power they pack.I even added 2 teaspoons of ground chia to bind our meatballs for tonight dinner, I still haven’t told the family.

They did know that our Sunday breakfast pancakes had Healtheries Black Chia Seeds in the mix. The pancakes were declared very good and the basic recipe is one I have been tweaking and working on. It was a good batter and made excellent pancakes. I will be using the recipe again and may even up the Chia to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

The seeds aren’t very visible in the photos they all seemed to be inside the pancake. I really like the little crunch the black chia seeds add to this basic pancake recipe.

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds- Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: 4-6 people
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1 1/2 c plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 c buttermilk (or milk with 2 tsp of lemon or white vinegar left to stand for a few minutes)

1 egg lightly beaten

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seeds (get brave – make it 1 1/2)

1 cup blueberries fresh or still frozen

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt

In another bowl mix the milk, egg, oil and vanilla

Stir the wet into the dry until well combined (don’t over mix)

Fold in the chia seeds and blueberries

Heat a fry pan and add a little canola oil

Add batter around 1/4 c at a time, turn when bubble appear

Serve with fruit and maple syrup

Granola using Healtheries Black Chia Seeds – rather impressed.

Look! Golden granola.

Look! Golden Granola.

I feel rather old saying this, I love a bowl of granola with some fancy yoghurt for breakfast at the weekend. So does Mr Muffin, I never thought I would say that. We generally have a seedy one and on looking at the ingredients I noticed it too contained black chia seeds.

This got me thinking on using my Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and I investigated various recipes and created a granola suitable for us. I didn’t even have to buy anything to add to it, that made me happy.

It was my first attempt at granola and next time I will make an effort to have bigger clumps by stirring it a little less. I may add a little dried fruit while the granola cools, dried cherries would be good.

The Healtheries Black Chia Seeds add a nice crunch and texture. These little seeds are certainly finding their way onto my shopping list. Healtheries sent me the Chia as I am one of their Super Samplers.

Granola with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: enough to go around a group
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1 3/4 c oats ( I used quick cooking)

3/4 c chopped nuts (I used cashews and almonds)

1/2 c Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

1/2 c shredded coconut (unsweetened is the best)

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c honey

1/3 c canola oil

1 tbsp brown sugar (or your favourite sweetener)

1 egg white

Heat oven to 160c

Line your largest baking tray with grease proof paper

In a big bowl combine oats, nuts, chia seeds, salt , ground cinnamon and coconut

In a separate bowl mix the honey, egg white, oil and sugar

Add the wet mix onto the dry mix and stir, you want to give it a good mix

Tip onto the baking tray and spread out, leave some bits clumped together if you want lumps.

Bake for 15 minutes, check and stir gently

Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden

Leave to cool in tin before tipping into an air tight tin, will keep for up to 2 weeks.

* you can add the nuts after cooking if you want them to remain raw.

Chia – jumping on the super grain train, thanks to Healtheries and the title of Chia Super Sampler!

I’m a Healtheries Chia Super Sampler

One day I came home to happy post, a parcel containing  a mini cook book and a bag of Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and Healtheries Ground Chia Seeds. I had put my hand up for being a Super Sampler via their Facebook page and been one of the chosen ones.

After opening the parcel and having a squish of the packets and a read of the book, I came to the realisation that I know nothing about these seeds.

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Over the past week I have read a fair bit about Chia and come to the decision that I am going to experiment with Chia being an addition to our diet. I want to carry on with the way we eat and not change our diet to suit the use of Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and Healtheries Ground Chia Seeds.

Being me, I rushed into making something without thinking too much. I made chocolate pudding, none of us enjoyed it and chocolate pudding isn’t something we would eat normally. There was my lesson, stick with what we like, know and would eat normally. My next experiment was a success.

The summary of my time as a Healtheries Super Sampler can be found here.

Healtheries Chia Seed – tested out in a good old Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf.

So, I am back talking about Healtheries Black Chia Seeds. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Healtheries Chia Super Sampler and am experimenting with the chia seeds they sent me.

This time I decided to put them to the test on my work mates. While reading about the seeds and looking at various recipes I noticed that lemon features often and that got me thinking about making my Lemon Loaf and seeing if people minded the chia seeds. I adapted the recipe to fit around the seeds and reduced the sugar.

To my surprise the loaf was a huge hit and declared one of the best lemon loaf ever. Maybe even the best lemon based baking! My colleagues had a guess about the seeds and nobody got chia. Someone said they tasted like kiwi fruit seeds, I thought that rather a good analogy.

So if you haven’t tried chia seeds before, this would be a great place to start.

Healtheries Black Chia seed Lemon Loaf - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: medium sized loaf
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Heat oven to 180c

Grease and line a  2lb loaf tin (23 x 13 x 7 cm)

90g soft butter

3/4 caster sugar

2 eggs

1/2 c milk

1 1/2 c self raising flour

1 tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seed

1 lemon

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Stir in the zest of the lemon until mixed

Gently beat the eggs and fold into flour

Measure milk in a jug and add lemon juice and Chia seeds

Give milk mix a  stir  (mix will curdle, it is a cheats buttermilk)

Stir milk mix into flour mix until just mixed

Tip into loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown and tester comes out clean

Leave in tin to cool slightly and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool

Slice and enjoy

Peach Chia Jam – you do not even have to cook it!

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Peach Healtheries Chia Seed Jam on top of my breakfast

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Th Peach Healtheries Black Chia Seed Jam, nice and thick.

My first successful Healtheries Black Chia Seed recipe is a keeper. I really enjoyed the taste of the little magic jam and will keep experimenting with different fruits. I will be mainly using it on my porridge, pancakes or added to yoghurt. I really doubted that this would work, but it did and I like it. The original recipe is on this rathe healthy blog from Balanced Platter. I added a good squirt of lemon, I love lemon and a bit of tartness cutting through sweet.

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Peaches blended

This recipe really is easy –  chop, blend, stir and refrigerate  ( oh my I sound like Ramsay). If you don’t believe me, try it. I think it is something to do with the texture of the Chia seeds and the reaction they have to liquid. The jam does have the consistency of a home made jam without the extreme sweetness.

Peach Chia Jam- Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: around 1 1/2 cup
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2 cups of peaches, chopped to be blended (I left skin on, cut off any brown bits).

1 tablespoon of honey or other natural sweetener.

2 teaspoons of lemon juice 2 tablespoons of white or black of chia seeds

Blend the peaches until there are almost no lumps Add honey and lemon, blend again.

Stir in Chia seeds Cover and refrigerate.

Use after 12 hours

This post is sponsored by Healtheries and I was sent the seeds in the mail to sample.