Tag Archives: Chia Seeds

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls

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You would not believe how many requests I get for this recipe! There is not a person who has tried these and not loved them. They are so addicting that I find excuses to eat them all day: pre-morning workout energy boost, afternoon snack, and even an after dinner dessert. My mouth waters just thinking about them!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThis little bite-sized snack is actually packed with all kinds good for you ingredients: chia seeds, flaxseed meal, oats, almonds, and cacao nibs. That’s why they can count as a healthy snack AND pass for dessert! I buy my chia seeds and almond butter from Trader Joe’s and my flaxseed meal and cacao nibs on amazon.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comEverything can be combined in one bowl! Very little mess :)

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Seriously, try these balls.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comAlmond Butter Oatmeal Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup almond butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or cacoa nibs*

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in one bowl. Be sure to use a big spatula or wooden spoon because the mixture is thick and will require a little muscle! You will want to chop the sliced almonds up so that they mix well with everything.

Once everything is evenly combined, roll into 1-inch balls.  At this size, you will get close to 30. Put them in a Tupperware container and let chill in the refrigerator for at least a few hours. They taste best cold!

You can store for as long as you want in the refrigerator, but I guarantee they will get eaten quickly!

*If you don’t have mini chocolate chips, you could chop up normal sized chocolate chips. Or, try cacoa nibs for a healthy alternative! Cacao nibs contain no sugar and are considered a super food, loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium.

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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

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Have you heard about the latest chia seed craze?? I swear I’m not crazy – they are my new favorite breakfast food! I think this meal is the perfect substitute for oatmeal in the summer. I have been eating it for breakfast almost every single weekday morning for the last two months and I still get excited every time. It is perfectly convenient for bringing breakfast to work. I convinced two of my coworkers to try it out as well, and they’ve been making it for themselves ever since.

Chia seeds look just like little seeds that you would plant in your garden. I have been buying them at Trader Joe’s in the purple pouch below. When you mix them with milk and let them sit overnight, they absorb all of the liquid and you get a consistency similar to tapioca pudding. The best part is that you are eating something extremely healthy and good for your body!  They are packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they are low in calories but very filling! What more can you ask for?

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There are two versions that have become my favorites: Berry Chia Seed Pudding and Banana Chia Seed Pudding. Both are just variations on mixing milk and chia seeds. I can’t really decide which one I like better, so I make both, mainly depending on what type of fruit I have in my kitchen at the time.

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Berry Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer, but I swear by the coconut milk pictured above from TJ’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey (or more if you prefer)
  • ½ cup berries (I used blueberries and chopped strawberries)
  • Optional toppings: more berries, slivered almonds, granola, more honey

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mix together the honey and berries first. (If you add the honey after the cold milk, it will clump together and not mix well.) Next, stir in the chia seeds. Then, add the milk and mix until all of the chia seeds are submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

If you are more of a banana lover, try this version:
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Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: shredded coconut, slivered almonds, granola, diced strawberries

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mash the banana and then stir in the chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the milk and stir until all of the chia seeds are well mixed in and submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and let soak overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThis is the perfect breakfast to pack and take to work because it’s already in a Tupperware container. You can play around with all different variations of fruit and sweeteners to find what you like best. Enjoy!