I’ve been adding more protein and healthy fat sources to my diet lately and decided to switch things up with the usual cinnamon, brown rice based pancakes I make on the weekends. Chia seeds are a fantastic source of protein, omega 3′s, and heart healthy fats that pack a nutritional punch. I added about a teaspoon to each pancake I made, sprinkling them over the top of the uncooked batter as the other side sizzled away on the skillet. Yes, I am talking about the seeds you used to grow your beloved Chia Pet back in the 90′s. Who knew? They’re surprisingly tasty with a sweet, nutty flavor. Read more about the health benefits of Raw Chia Seeds here.
Raw Cacao powder added another depth of flavor to the cakes and the slight crunchiness of the Chia seeds offered a nice contrast. (I use Navitas Naturals Raw Chia Seeds and Raw Cacao Powder). I followed the basic pancake recipe on the back of the Namaste Gluten Free Pancakes mix before adding my variations. I also used coconut milk instead of the water that was called for. This makes for a thicker, fluffier pancake in my opinion. I top mine with a smear of Olivio Coconut Spread (soy free, dairy free, gluten free), and a drizzle of raw local Michigan honey.
If we had only known better before we started planting them on our President’s heads…like the Bill Clinton Chia Planter you could get back in the day. Or maybe the new Obama Chia Planter. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to link to such ridiculousness and hilarity…
Most of the time when I mention how good Chia seeds taste and how amazing they are for you, people give me strange looks and say they’d never think of eating them after the Chia pet craze. I for one will stick to eating them in their raw, tasty natural form, while not thinking about how cute that furry Chia Pet baby pig figurine looked when I was five years old. Start eating your Chia instead of planting it on Presidents and tiny animal figurines please. Let’s leave the 90′s in the 90′s. And if you’re not going to do it for nutrition, at least do it for Obama’s sake.