Friday, 6 March 2015

Chia breakfast bowl

I have been so excited about sharing this with you, these are just the easiest thing ever to make and are so delicious and really filling as well! You can make them pretty much before you go to bed at night and wake up to a big bowl of deliciousness in the morning. The ones I make are vegan, though you can change the coconut yoghurt for normal yoghurt if you prefer and they would be vegetarian instead. They are also completely customisable; you just add whichever flavours and toppings you fancy and they're good to go!

You will need:
  • Chia seeds- about half a cup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of almond meal (optional)
  • Coconut yoghurt- one small carton- about 200ml
  • A few berries- I use strawberries, raspberries and blackberries but any would do. I go quite easy on them because of the carbs, but berries do have less carbs than most fruits.
  • A generous sprinkling of nuts and seeds.
  • Powdered cinnamon
Making them is so so simple. Simply add the seeds and almond meal to a bowl or glass with the yoghurt and mix well. You don't need to use coconut yoghurt but I use it as it has hardly any carbs. You can also use almond or coconut milk which is very low in carbs as well.
Pop the mixture in the fridge and leave for an hour or so, but I always leave it overnight. when you remove it in the morning it will have thickened to a lovely thick consistency. pop some berries (I chop them up a bit first so they go further and you can use less) on top, sprinkle with some cinnamon, and scatter the seeds over and you're done.

This is especially great made in a jar to eat on the go, then you can just pop the lid back on when finished and worry about the washing later!

You can completely adapt this for example using flavoured yoghurts, the brand I use does a chocolate flavour yoghurt with cacao in it which is lovely. If you're being less strict with carbs, you could sweeten it up with some honey or agave nectar also. sometimes I also top with chunks of coconut, dried rose petals and mint, which work really well together. You can also use vanilla powder, mixed spice, ginger, nutmeg, cocoa-  the possibilities are endless!


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