Mini Chia Bites

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mini chia bites

Happy nutrition month! I had a very slow start last Sunday. I slept in, spent the morning in the kitchen making my go to pancakes and combining a few of my favourite reoccurring recipes to whip up these to-die-for, one bite, on the go energy bites. These are perfect for mornings when you’re in a rush, a mid afternoon snack, or even a healthy dessert since they’re naturally sweet with honey and vanilla. These little bites are fiancé approved, which is a pretty big deal considering my chia hating guy didn’t even flinch at the taste of them!

If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, nutrition month is the perfect time to go for it! They’re among the easiest super foods to incorporate into your diet as they can easily be thrown into a morning smoothie or tossed on top of a salad. Not only are they naturally gluten free but one tablespoon of these little guys has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. Perfect, right? Almost! The one bad thing about them is they do have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth, which is never good. A little piece of advice…make sure you surround yourself with great people who will gladly check your teeth for these little bundles of goodness. Enjoy!

Ingredients

¾ cup flour of choice, I used oat flour
½ cup chia seeds
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup honey
1/3 milk
1 tsp vanilla
zest of ½ lemon

Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 300F.
  2. Begin by making your oat flour! Simply pulse approximately 1 cup of regular oats in a food processor until it has the consistency of flour.
  3. Pour the oat flour into a large bowl and add the chia seeds, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix to incorporate.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the honey, milk, vanilla and lemon zest.
  5. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combine. The mix will be quite runny, but that’s normal! The chia seeds will create a gelatinous texture which will firm up quite nicely when baked.
  6. Grease two mini muffin pans and fill each hole ¾ with the mixture. You can also use large muffin tins, or even doughnut pans.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on the size of bites you’re making. They will be done when they’re golden on top and firm to the touch.
  8. Let the mini bites sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and allowing to cool completely on a metal rack.
  9. Gobble them up on their own, or my personal favourite… with a dollop of nut butter and/or jam and enjoy!

*Note – you can add whatever flavour you’d like to replace the lemon zest. I’ve used orange zest, cocoa and chocolate chips (yum!) and coconut. Get creative and mix it up to your liking!

Makes approximately 20 mini bites.