Chia Seed Cookies… What?
Chia seeds are one of those superfoods I talked about in a post a few days ago. They are an odd little seed. When you soak them in water, they turn into a gelatinous goo that has some pretty awesome nutritional properties. High in fiber, chia seeds fill you up without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Chia seeds are commonly added to smoothies to add bulk, nutrition, and protein. And yes, they are the same chia seeds that you hear the song about at the holidays: ch-ch-ch-CHIA! These same little seeds that grow odd hair on clay faces actually are a tasty food that you can incorporate into a lot of different things, including Chia Seed Cookies.
Chia Seed Cookies are a Powerhouse
Chia seeds form the glue in these wonderful little cookies, but the rest of the ingredients add flavor and energy as well. Bananas, oats, and peanut butter bind together to make a tender cookie that has a rich texture. The addition of coconut and chopped dates adds a tropical twist that is highlighted with some dark chocolate chips. The whole mixture is accentuated with a bit of cinnamon for a cookie that packs a nutritional punch. When I make Chia Seed Cookies, I don’t feel guilty for eating two or three. I know I’m getting some pretty good nutrition with some clean eating superfoods.
- 1 ½ T chia seeds
- ¼ C almond or rice milk, vanilla flavored
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¼ C coconut
- ¼ C dates, chopped
- ¼ C dark chocolate chips
- ¾ C old fashioned oats
- 1 T peanut butter
- dash cinnamon
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place the chia seeds and milk in a small bowl. Allow the seeds to absorb the milk for about 10 minutes, until they gel.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients well. The batter will be very lumpy.
- Measure out about 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly with a fork or spoon to create a cookie shape.
- Bake 16-18 minutes, until the cookies are firm.
- Allow to cool on the tray, then remove to a plate.
Making Chia Seed Cookies to Go
When I’m going camping, I love to make up a double or triple batch of Chia Seed Cookies for the trip. They are the perfect grab and go treat when you’re hiking on the trail or you’ve been swimming all day. Chia Seed Cookies give a boost of energy when you need it and they fill you up easily, keeping you full. Make a couple of batches of Chia Seed Cookies for those moments that you just need a quick snack.