We all have heard the wonders of oatmeal, how it is nutritious, filling, helps lower cholesterol and is good for your heart. But have you heard of the wonders of Chia seeds? To answer your first question, yes these are the same seeds that you used to grow “hair” on you Chia Pet in the 80‘s. These seeds are very small but packed full of nutrients; they are a good source of Omegas, Calcium, Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber and Manganese. They have a unique quality about them that allows them to absorb 9 times their weight in water which is stored in a gelatinous shell that is slowly digested by the body, making a great weight loss aid. You can find chia seeds both online and and health food stores. Pre-ground chia seeds (like the ones used in this recipe) are a little more expensive but I prefer the texture of the ground seeds to that of the whole seeds. You can use whichever you prefer.
Makes: 1 serving
Preparation time: 2m
Cooking time: 2m
Total time: 12m
- 1 cup water
- 1 small banana
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes (toasted)
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds (toasted)
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- Bring water to a boil in a small sauce pan over high heat. Add oats and return to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until oatmeal is the desired consistency. It is fine if it is a little bit watery, the chia seeds will soak up a lot of the liquid.
- Stir in the ground chia seeds.
- Slice the banana into bite-sized pieces and stir into the oatmeal.
- Top with toasted coconut and almonds.