I love these chia seed truffles for 3 main reasons:
1 – They’re so easy to make.
2 – They’re full of amazing nutrients and give you a boost of energy.
3 – They can easily be made in a variety of flavours.
The chia plant (Salvia hispanica) and its seed is a nutrient-dense superfood that is native to the Mexican and South American regions. The cultivation of the chia plant dates back to pre-Columbian times, where it was a staple in the diet of the Aztecs and many other native civilizations.
Nowadays, you can find chia seeds in almost any health food store, and they can be used in a variety of recipes for a boost of superior nutritious value. These little seeds are packed full of:
- protein (contains all essential amino acids)
- minerals: iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium
Additionally, chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The benefits of ALA include:
1. Lowered cholesterol and blood pressure levels (lower risk of heart-related diseases)
2. Anti-inflammatory properties
3. Anti-diabetic properties
4. Protection against autoimmune diseases, and cancer
5. Redistribution of lipids away from the abdominal region and liver
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Chia seeds are also very beneficial due to their tocopherol content.
Tocopherols are a group of similar compounds that are collectively known as vitamin E. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant and is very effective in counter-acting free radicals in the body.
Another great thing about chia seeds is their versatility in everyday cooking and meal preparation. They’re a great addition to salads, and homemade cracker and bread recipes. And because the seeds can absorb a lot of water (7-12 times their weight), they’re an excellent addition to make thicker smoothies and to satiate hunger.
Below is one of my favourite chia seed recipes and a delicious on-the-go snack: Chia Seed Truffles. These truffles are perfect as a light, but filling breakfast, or an afternoon snack. Try them out and let me know what you think in the comments below!
½ cup raw, dried coconut (finely shredded)
½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ tsp vanilla extract or powder
3 – 4 tbsp chia seeds
pinch of salt
Optional: cacao powder, crushed nuts, or shredded coconut for different flavours
- Add cashews and coconut to a food processor and blend for approximately 10 seconds, or until you reach flour-like consistency. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add honey (or maple syrup), coconut oil, vanilla, chia seeds, and salt to the bowl and mix well with a spoon.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ~45 minutes.
- Roll the mixture into balls by scooping out ~1 tsp and rolling by hand.
- If you want to make different flavours, roll the balls in any of the optional ingredients to coat them.
- Store the truffles in a container in the fridge.