I know I have talked about chia in the past, but especially when the summer comes around the gel pairs so well with fresh fruit and we seem to make it ALL THE TIME! If you do not know a lot about chia seeds I encourage you to take a look at Angela's Chia Cheat Sheet. It is jam packed with wonderful information and simple recipes. Every time I read this sheet I am amazed by the power of this tiny superfood!...and yes it is the same seed to grow your cha-cha-cha-chia pet!
Benefits of Chia Seeds include:
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You really could use any fruit or any sweetener, or you could soak it in fruit juice or other liquid...any flavor you want your gel to take on, soak it in that. That is the beauty of the chia seed is that it has such a mild flavor you can use it to enhance the nutrition in just about anything...cakes, pies, stir frys, salads, smoothies...the possibilities are endless!
We recently made a strawberry "jam" with chia gel. I took a strawberry or two and mashed it with a fork.
Then stirred in a little of the chia gel that I had made.
I did not add anything else, although maybe some sweetener or vanilla extract would be delish if you like. Then I topped it over a rice cake or toast. You could use it in your PB & "J" to replace the sugary jelly. I hope you are getting some creative ideas by now. :)
Again go check out Angela's Chia Cheat Sheet for some more info and recipes. I have also found many great ideas for chia puddings and other baked goods using chia seeds over at purelytwins. They have an abundance of recipes that I have wanted to check out. Also Wellness Mama has a great post about different uses for chia seeds. You can check that out here.