Chia Seed Porridge
Strictly speaking, this is an overnight recipe but it is no-cook and the prep is almost instant, so bear with us! Basically, all you need to do is stir in the ingredients, fridge 'em - and there you go: an instant breakfast when you open the fridge door the following morning.
If you've not come across chia seeds yet, it's touted as one of those 'new' superfoods but of course, they've been around for a long time! These tiny little seeds are a great source of nutrients - protein, calcium, iron and magnesium in particular - as well being a good source of healthy fats - and they are widely available now.
NB Allergy alert
Chia seeds are safe for those with regular nut allergies unless they have a specific allergy to chia seeds themselves! However, those with tree nut allergies (eg peanuts/coconut) need to buy their chia from companies who don't use mixed production lines. Whole chia seeds are probably the safest. Pressed or ground chia seeds may be processed in a factory that also processes tree nuts or coconut and contaminate the processed chia. This contamination will trigger a severe allergic reaction in those who have a severe allergy to tree nuts or coconut.
- 11/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Agave or maple syrup to taste
- Soya yoghurt (optional)
- Granola (vegan, honey-free)
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit, eg raisins, chopped figs, unsulphured apricots
- Coconut flakes
- Goji berries
- Cinnamon or cardamon
- Nuts and seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Vegan yoghurt (the one pictured is Sojade Blueberry)
- Whisk the almond milk, chia seeds, and sweetener together in a large bowl. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then whisk again.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for 2+ hours or overnight. If you are able to stir now and again, even better. If you don't like the texture, blend it until smooth. (Our picture shows whole chia.)
- Stir well before serving. Serve into bowls and add toppings of your choice.
- Serve into bowl(s) and add your toppings. Leftovers will keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
The picture displays a small serving of St Dalfour (sugar-free) jam, followed by the chia/almond milk mix, followed by Sojade blueberry soya yoghurt, followed by vegan granola and topped with blueberries and mint.
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