PE & R Mondays: Chia Seeds — Raw Blue Berry and Macadamia Nut Yogurt Parfait with Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, and Peaches

Happy Memorial Day everyone! It is beautiful and sunny out, so I thought something sweet, cool, and slightly tropical would be great for Pantry Essentials and Recipe Monday!

If you’ve looked through some of my older posts, you know I am a huge fan of Chia Seeds (see recipe for Sprouted Chia Drink or Green Protein Oatmeal). Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these seeds have a ton of great health benefits, including; anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification, weight loss, energy, brain power, and more (see a complete list here)

If you’re looking to add a bag of chia seeds to your pantry, I order mine online in bulk from AZ Chia. They have good quality seeds at very reasonable prices. You can also buy Chia Seeds in bulk at your local health food store.

Raw Blueberry and Macadmia Nut Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, and Peaches:

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 3 Dates (take the pits out)
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Ripe Peach
  • 1 TBSP Goji Berries

Place the Chia Seeds in a bowl and cover them with a thin layer of water. Let them sit while you are prepping (at least 20 minutes).

Let the Macadmia Nuts and Dates soak in water for about 15 minutes. I like to give them a little pre-soak to make it easier on my awful blender.

Drain the nuts and dates and place them in the blender. Add 1/3 cup of water and the 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. Blend until you get a thick, even paste. If it is too watery, add a couple of nuts, or if it gets too thick, add a splash of water.

Pour out the paste in to a bowl and stir in the sprouted chia seeds. They will add a gel-like texture.

Cut up the peach and place in the bowl, and then top it off with the goji berries!

(Note: when the blueberries melt it will thin out your yogurt, so eat quickly after making!)

Raw Cashew Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Buckwheat

All I have to say is: nom nom nom.

Aside from the lengthy time it takes to sprout buckwheat, this recipe is very simple and totally delicious. Not to mention, sprouted buckwheat has tons of great health benefits. It is gluten-free and wheat-free, and high in protein. It is high in lecithin, which can lower cholesterol, high in rutin, which strengthens veins, high in iron, brain-boosting, colon-cleansing, and all sorts of other great things which you can read about here.

HOW TO SPROUT BUCKWHEAT:

What You Need:

  • Buckwheat
  • Fine Mesh Colander
  • Water

STEP 1: Soak Buckwheat in Water

Place the buckwheat in to a bowl and fill it with water, about an inch above the buckwheat. Stir once or twice while it is soaking.

You can soak it anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. I soaked mine for 3 hours and it worked perfectly.

STEP 2: Rinse & Drain

After soaking, the buckwheat will start to make this slimy liquid. Place the buckwheat in to the colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Then place a bowl underneath the colander and buckwheat to catch any liquid that drips down.

STEP 3: Continue for 2-3 Days

Rinse the buckwheat in cold water 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days, until you start to see little white “tails” growing. I rinsed mine 3 times a day for 2 days and it definitely sprouted!

RAW CASHEW YOGURT PARFAIT RECIPE:

Once you have sprouted the buckwheat, you can start on the rest of the recipe! And if you have any buckwheat left over, you can always mix it in to some Oatmeal or cereal.

Ingredients (For 2 Parfaits):

  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup – 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Dates (don’t forget to take the pits out!)
  • 2/3 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat
  • 1 Cup Fruit

Soaking cashews & dates

Soak the cashews and dates in a bowl with room temperature water for 10-15 minutes (this is mainly for people with weak blenders, myself included).

Drain the water from the cashews and dates. Place the dates and cashews into the blender. Add about 1/2 cup of water. Start on a low setting and blend. Add more water as needed, up to 1 cup total for water in to the yogurt. Once you have the desired consistency (should be a thick paste), blend an extra 1-2 minutes.

Now, split the cashew yogurt between 2 bowls, add 1/3 cup buckwheat (more if desired) to each bowl, and then 1/2 cup fruit to each bowl. And ta-da! You have a tasty raw yogurt parfait!

Ideas For Fruit:

-Oranges, Green Apple, Banana

-Apple, Figs, and Dried Raisins

-Papaya with a squeeze of Lime

-Persimmons and Banana

-Blueberries and Rasberries