Chia oats is our go to snack and breakfast around here. Full of fiber and protein, (13 grams of fiber & 11 grams of protein!) they are super healthy and super filling! You can make them ahead of time and let them sit in the refrigerator for up to a day.
Start with mashing a banana. Don't like bananas? Not sure about a substitute, as bananas are the base of the dish. Maybe mashed mango or peaches?
Our usual chia oats calls for banana, peanut butter and a bit of maple syrup. This time we skipped the peanut butter and added strawberries instead. Yum!
Chia is a superfood that we eat everyday around here.
~the are jammed packed with protein and minerals and healthy fats and fiber
~they provide more plant based Omega 3's than any other food, even FLAX
~they have 5 GRAMS of fiber PER TABLESPOON!
~they are flavorless and dissolve in juice, soups, stews, shakes etc..
~they are FILLING!
Here is a great post on the benefits of chia seeds and different ways to use them.
Back to the recipe, I don't really measure. I use 2 handfuls of oats. It is a very forgiving recipe, no need to be exact. We have made chia oats so often that even my 9 year old knows how to make them.
I use 2 palmfuls of chia.
One capful of vanilla. So easy!
We eyeball the almond milk...
...then stir it all up.
This is how it should look right after stirring. You want it a little runny. As it sits, the chia seeds soften and swell and the oats soak up some of the milk.
Let it sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to soften the oats and thicken. A little someone ate up the oats before I could take a final picture! She added a bit of agave and they were gone before I knew it!
Strawberry Banana Raw Breakfast Oats
1 banana, mashed
4-5 strawberries, cut up
1 cup oats (or two handfuls)
2 tbls chia seeds (or 2 palmfuls)
1 tsp vanilla (or 1 capful)
1-1/2 cups milk (almond, coconut, dairy)
a drizzle of honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup
Mash banana. Add strawberries, oats, seeds & vanilla. Add milk. Stir. If too thick, add more milk, you want them slightly runny like picture above. Let sit for 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator. Before eating, drizzle with sweetener of choice. Can be refrigerated up to a day.