Monday, March 19, 2012

Guest Blogger ~ Chia Breakfast Cookies

I am delighted to introduce, my friend, Eve Gotch whom is guest blogging for RanVeganess today! She has a healthy, yet scrumptious cookie recipe using chia seeds.  Time to bake!

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds are all the rage these days, showing up in juice drinks, kombucha, powdered supplements and even corn chips!  What is the big deal with these tiny power packers?

  • Supports weight loss by adding high fiber, low calorie, bulk to almost any foods.
  • Balances blood sugar for sustained energy.
  • Contains more Omega-3 than flax seeds.
  • Boasts more antioxidants than blueberries.
  • Has more calcium than milk and which is also more bio-available thanks to trace minerals of magnesium.

After learning that chia was much more than decorative pottery grass, I headed to my local health food store to pick up a pound, planning to put them in everything from smoothies to stirfrys.  Then I found this super simple recipe on Pinterest for "breakfast cookies" and decided to ramp it up with some chia seeds, since then I've eaten about 4 batches of this recipe in the past 2 weeks!

Please allow me to introduce my new favorite snack, the Chia Breakfast Cookie:


2 ripe bananas
1 C applesauce
1/2 C chia seeds
1/2 C shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 T sugar or agave
2 C oats
1/4 C vegan chocolate chips
1/4 C dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mash the ripe banana and basically mix the rest of the ingredients in the order listed above.  Then, using a spoon or ice cream scoop, deliver 12 equal cookie shaped portions on to a baking pan and put them in the oven for 30 min.  I calculated these to be approx. 130 calories each.  Have one or two with a tall glass of water or fresh juice for breakfast or any time of day for a high fiber, low calorie meal.

I found that chia seeds are such an excellent binder that I'm looking forward to trying them out in other baked goods, especially in place of eggs in cakes or muffins.  It's also worth mentioning that this recipe is not only vegan, but gluten free!  Please try it and leave your favorite variations in the comments section.  Thanks and Enjoy!
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Eve
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Hope you enjoyed Eve's post! Happy baking! ♥

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info on Chia seeds. Looks tasty and healthy. Got to try recipe sometime.

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  2. what a healthy and simple recipe, definitely will have to try this one soon. thank you eve!! <3

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  3. Sounds "yummy" but where is the info on calories, salt, etc. and....
    what are the servings on the recipes?
    Thanks,
    Vivian

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    1. Hi Vivian,
      In the post, Eve says that it makes 12 cookies; about 130 calories each. :)

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  4. Made these breakfast cookies tonight, they are delicious especially while they are still warm and gooey. I will be making more soon. I followed the recipe but used ground chia seeds instead.

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  5. Happy to see the recipe using the Chica seeds. I have been eating cereal with the seeds. Will add items I need to pick up at the store and make the cookies. Thanks

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