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Chia, blueberries and toasted seeds

Chia seed is a traditional food eaten in Central and Southern America. Both black and white chia seeds are good to eat if mixed with other ingredients but on their own don’t have much taste.  Their magic is revealed when they are soaked for a few hours.  The seeds plump up and develop a slippery coating which makes them easy to eat. The seeds are full of short chain omega 3 fatty acid. These are particularly important in the structure and function of nervous tissue, including the retina of the eye.

Serves 2

Ingredients

4 tbsp chia seeds, either dark or light

400 ml  Oat Drink

50 g blueberries

1 tbsp mixed seeds  i.e. pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

1 tsp honey or maple syrup

1 few springs of lavender (or herb of your choice e.g. mint, lemon verbena, lemon thyme)

Method

Place the chia seeds in a bowl and add the Oat Drink. Whisk the seeds and milk together and leave to soak for at least an hour or preferably over night.

Place the blueberries in a tall jug and process with a stick blender (or liquidise). This forms a dark blue purée.

Place a heavy bottomed pan on the hob to heat up. Sprinkle the seeds over the base of the pan and toast them until they begin to brown. Remove the seeds from the heat and allow to cool a little. 

To serve

Place a few teaspoons of blueberry purée in the base of a cup or glass, spoon over a layer of hydrated chia seeds and finish with the toasted seeds. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup. Decorate with lavender or fish herbs of your choice.