I’m always on the lookout for a new breakfast and also one that will hold me till lunch, which is pretty rare with me as I’m always hungry!! When I first heard about chia seeds, I was excited by this plant that you did not have to cook or do anything to it and gave you antioxidants, fiber, protein and calcium and omega-3!!! My problem lacked into finding a brand that was not contaminated with traces of tree nuts (allergy issue with my kids…) so when I finally found a brand, I was like a kid on Christmas morning and had to restrain myself from not jumping up and down in the aisle of the grocery store. Now I’ve played around with it and tried out a few different things but this recipe happened while I was pondering my breakfast for the following morning and I saw the leftover maple salted caramel sauce from the cake in one of my previous posts. ( https://casualchiccooking.com/2015/04/08/vanilla-cake-with-maple-salted-caramel-marshmallow-icing-and-toasted-coconut/ ) I must say it is everything you want in a mouthful : sweet, tart, salty, creamy, crunchy and a touch of coconut to take you on a beach vacation somewhere… The beauty of this recipe is that you can do it all the previous night (or up to 2 days ahead) and you simply grab and go in the morning and enjoy it wherever you need to be that day.
Stir together the yogurt and chia seeds together until combined directly in your vessel of choice (I personally like to use the small mason jars). Chop the apple into cubes to fit a spoon and stir with the lemon juice and caramel and put on top of the yogourt. Top with pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut, close the lid and put away in the fridge until breakfast times arrive. I know that it will be tempting to have it right now as a snack before going to bed but you have to give it some time and let the chia seeds work their magic, although you can always go back to the fridge an hour later to eat it whichever comes first.
- 2/3 cup of yogurt (the choice is up to you what kind you use) if using a plain one, add a touch of vanilla, maple syrup, honey or caramel before mixing with chia seeds)
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 green apple
- 1 tbsp of maple salted caramel or maple syrup with a touch of salt
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds and/or toasted coconut.
- Feel free to switch it up for some granola or nuts.
Happy cooking! :o)