We have new mascots here in the American Spa offices, Chia Pets! They are a fun blast from the past that we adopted from the Dermalogica seminar last week and serve as a reminder of all the beauty and health benefits from the little chia seeds. Once a staple in the ancient Aztec diet, chia seeds now have a modern following (outside of our office) and can be an easy way to boost nutrition in your spa too. Here’s a delicious recipe for an on-the-go snack from The Chia Co.:
- 2 tbs of white Chia seeds or ground Chia
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 1¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup vegan choc chips or cacao nibs
- ½ cup coconut sugar or alternative
- Seeds from one vanilla bean pod
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
Heat oven to 350° F. Combine the Chia seeds with the water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes until a gel forms. Mix the sugar and oil together, whisking until combined well. Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add the Chia seed ‘gel’ and chocolate chips or nibs and fold through. Arrange on a baking tray and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Use a small spoon and place onto baking paper. Space them accordingly. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes for chewy cookies or longer for crispy cookies.
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