This morning I ran out of dried fruit for our regular chia cereal, so out of necessity I had to come up with a quick and easy alternative.
Then it occurred to me…. could I make something akin to ‘chocolate oatmeal’ with chia seeds?
Why yes, mam you can! And it’s better than the original (I prefer chia over oats any day).
Instead of chocolate, I used carob powder because it is a fruit that tastes like chocolate- without the caffeine. While using cocoa would be delicious, save that for dessert and start the day off right with this more nourishing version.
This recipe is kid tested and approved!
Chocolate Not Oat Meal
1/4 cup chia seed
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp boiling hot water (or more to the texture you like).
1 tsp carob powder (or to taste, but you might have to add more water to absorb it)
1 tsp honey (or to taste)
pat of butter
1/4 cup cream/milk
optional: sliced banana on top!
How to do it:
Step 1 Boil water in a kettle.
Step 2: Place all ingredients in a bowl except cream and cinnamon.
Step 3: Pour boiling water on top and stir until butter is melted and the carob is distributed evenly.
Step 4: Pour in the cream, sprinkle cinnamon on top and stir.
Step 5: Let sit for 3 min.
Step 6: Serve with fresh ripe banana rounds on top!