Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been a welcome addition to some of our morning breakfasts for a long time now. One of our favorite ways to prepare them is using coconut milk, or fresh almond milk. We were first introduced to the almond milk version in a raw food, gluten free and vegetarian  restaurant in Seattle called Thrive. Check out their website here.

Chia seeds, botanically known as “salvia hispanica,” are a member of the mint family. The word chia itself is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. Chia seeds are native to Mexico and the Southwestern United States, but are grown commercially in Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia and Guatemala. In fact, Australia has become one of the largest producers of this crop, primarily in the Ord Valley of Western Australia. Check out this very informative Australian website here.

Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

A favorite drink in Mexico is chia fresca . It is made by placing chia seeds in water or fruit juice. The seeds need to soak for about 10 minutes. Then some sugar and lime juice is added. You can find the recipe here.

The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are also used to make gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seeds are also used in baked goods, such as breads, cakes, and muffins. Chia sprouts are used and eaten in the same way as alfalfa sprouts.  By placing the seeds on moist and porous clay figurines, they are known by many as chia pets.

Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Nutritionally, they are valued for their high omega-3 and protein content. A one ounce sample of chia seeds (based on a daily 2,000 calorie intake), is credited with containing 9% of the daily value of protein, 13% oil (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber. They also contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium.

Our favorite breakfast version requires 8-10 ounces of coconut milk. You can use the water and coconut meat from a young coconut (well blended), or, if unavailable, substitute your favorite coconut milk – we enjoy So Delicious Coconut Milk. Add one tablespoon of chia seeds and let sit for about 10 minutes. You may also add a tablespoon of organic raisins and/or cranberries.

Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Let them soak also. The chia seeds become very gelatinous, almost yoghurt-like.


Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Add your favorite fruit: sliced bananas, finely chopped mango, fresh berries, etc. A wonderful addition might be a half cup of gluten free granola (Udi’s is a favorite). Enjoy!

What is your favorite breakfast?


8 thoughts on “Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

  1. That sounds really delicious! Chia seeds and coconut milk are both so nutritious. I’m definitely going to make this with cranberries and So Delicious coconut milk. Thanks also for the link to the recipe for chia fresca and the history of chia. I had no idea it was a part of the mint family.

  2. I use coconut milk with oats and sometimes toss in some maca and gogi berries or raisins. I’m not able to digest the chia seeds well and end up with an upset stomach. But you’re right, they are packed with nutrients.

    1. We found that soaking the chia seeds for a full 20 minutes in the coconut milk, prior to adding anything else, makes them much more digestible. We also love maca and goji berries.

      1. I drank juice with chia seeds soaked in it. That’s what upset my stomach. I’m used to eating fiber, but maybe that was too much fiber for my stomach.

  3. Yum, this sounds delicious! I usually have my chia seeds with plain water but this sounds like a great alternative and a very good start to the day.

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