These are chia seeds. Yes, I’m talking about the seeds that allowed you to grow your beloved, grassy pet in the 90’s. These are the same ones. But we’re not going to plant them. They’re a superfood, you see! While you’ve forgotten about them, they’ve gotten fancy. People eat them now. Buy them in bulk. Tout the wonders of their omega-3 content. Runners make gels with them and use them for energy. And yet these little seeds look very pre-historic. Up close, they resemble multi-colored pebbles. Mixed with liquids, however, they swell up and become gel-like.
An easy recipe that utilizes these seeds and also falls under the “healthy raw food” category is chia seed pudding, similar to rice pudding but no cooking needed. You can find these at a local co-op.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons almond, coconut, or soy milk
a dash cinnamon
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. (Add milk depending on desired consistency: less milk will create a thicker pudding, more milk will make it runnier.) Let the mix sit for an hour, or even better, overnight.