Overnight Golden Spiced Chia Cereal
Chia or “strength” as it is called in the ancient Mayan culture has amazing benefits in our modern world. As a busy mom, I’m all about simple recipes that don’t take a lot of time but that have a powerful nutritional impact! This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, especially as we move from the winter, cooler months, into warmer weather. The pitta dosha benefits from cooler foods that have a sweet taste and let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t want a hot bowl oatmeal on a warm summers day!
Chia seeds are related to the mint family and are considered a whole grain which means they will disperse and provide sustainable energy all day. One ounce, about 2 TBSP give you 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber plus lots of magnesium and vitamin B.
The night before, place chia, milk, spices and vanilla in a large mason jar and shake or stir really well until combined. Place in fridge overnight to thicken.
Prepare your toppings: Dry roast your seeds and coconut flakes; this will support better absorption and easier digestion. Simply place pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds in a non-stick skillet and turn on the heat to medium high. Toss for 5-8 minutes until lightly browned. Place in an airtight glass container. Do the same with the coconut flakes. For whole, raw almonds, I suggest soaking overnight as mentioned above. I love making large batches of these dried toppings to have on hand as a mid-day snack or to put as a topping on oatmeal, quinoa, and even sautéed veggies!
In the morning, place your desired amount of chia pudding into a bowl, you can add more almond milk if you prefer it creamier or place the chia in a blender for a smoother texture. Here’s where the creative fun comes in: sprinkle any of your toppings over the chia with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Store your leftovers in the fridge, adding more almond milk if it becomes thick. This will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.