Ch Ch Chia

I can't remember the first time I had chia seeds or what even got me to try them... but I couldn't imagine my diet without them.  Some of my favorite ways to incorporate these little bitty seeds are in hearty breakfast pancakes, smoothies, chia pudding, breads, muffins, granola, and lately, these power chia donuts!   I love using them because they are versatile and so good for you!  They are best known for being high in fiber and their ability to soak in up to 10 times their weight in water- which helps you feel fuller longer.  Worried about getting enough omega-3's or consuming too much salmon?  Don't fret, chia seeds have the highest level of plant based omega-3's of any vegetarian option.  Their powers don't stop there.  They are high in calcium, protein and antioxidants and also help reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar levels for Type ll diabetes patients.  They're also super cute and inexpensive.  Try out these chia power donuts from The Oh She Glows Cookbook (my current favorite) and let me know what you think!  Feel free to post pictures on IG and tag me or post them in the comments below!   

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (175 ml) gluten-free oat flour

1/2 cup (125 ml) chia seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons (7 ml) Baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground cinnamon

1/3 (75 ml) pure maple syrup or other liquid sweetener 

1/3 cup(75 ml) non-dairy milk

1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract 

Makes 6 donuts:

cook time: 22 to 26 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 300*F (150* C).  Lightly grease a 6 cavity donut pan with oil and set aside. **side note, I got my donut pan at a local specialty cooking store, but I think you can find them on target.com as well- although, support your local shop keepers if you can!**

2. Mix flour, chia seeds, baking power, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

3.  Add the maple syrup, milk and vanilla and stir until combined.  The batter will be very runny- this is NORMAL.

4.Spoon batter into donut pan, filling each cavity to the top **side note, my donut pan is pretty deep and if I fill them to the top I get only 4 donuts, so I make 6 slightly smaller donuts**

5. Bake for 22 to 26 minutes until firm to the touch.

6.Cool donuts in pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

7. ENJOY!!!