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How lucky am I? A couple of days back, Justin from Cheap Super Foods Australia, contacted me, asking me to try some wonderful up and coming raw, organic ingredients from their huge range. As if I could turn down a huge opportunity like that! I know many bloggers, especially Vegan, focusing on all these new foods, so I knew I had plenty of inspiration to start making recipes.
But what are superfoods? Why is using them considered ‘super’ but using caster sugar, isn’t? We are not being ingredient-ist here, but the term ‘superfoods’ means that particular ingredient has been classified as “Food with high nutrient and phytochemical content that may confer health benefits. It has few negative properties if any, considering it is highly unprocessed (natural), does not contain contaminants, saturated fats, artificial ingredients or food additives.” – Wikipedia
When I say ‘phytochemicals’, I mean naturally occurring beneficial chemical compounds in plants, such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenol. I used this think anything ‘organic’ equated in some way, to marijuana and hippie food, tasting like dirt despite any ‘benefits.’ Since I started food blogging, I have learnt a heck of a lot about all of it, and am glad to learn that is not the case! :D
The wonderful folks from Cheap Super Foods sent me three different 250g samples:
- Cacao Powder
- Coconut Sugar
- Chia Seeds
Let’s begin making raw, organic, totally delicious desserts shall we?
Grocer: Poppy seeds?
Grocer: Sunflower seeds?
Me: Yeah, alright buddy, what-evUH.
Grocer: Pumpkin seeds?
Me: Do I look like I need those?!
Grocer: Perhaps madam would like some… chia seeds?
*Haaaallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Haaaallle -“
Grocer: Ugh… madam?
Chia seeds are amazing. Drop dead, fabulous, the newest seed on the block and the most popular one at that! The health benefits are never-ending, they can help you out with so many problems and because of their teeny-tiny size, you can quite literally, add them to whatever you eat!
Oh, you want a smoothie? Tip in some chia!
Feeling like oatmeal? Sprinkle some chia!
Making brownies? Mix through some chia!’
Eating a salad? Toss in that chia!
Ok, every health magazine and every health guru just goes about saying how great these seeds are. But why? WHY?
Allow me to shed some light for you and share my own personal experience :D – Taken from this source :D
Chia seeds contain a high number of different nutrients that can bring you a lot of benefits without increasing calorie count! It contains an abnormally high amount of protein (20%) for such a lil seed AND is rich in omega 3, which is really helpful for aiding you in memory and digestion!
Along with how rich it is in antioxidants, it is all full of minerals like calcium and potassium, along with so many different vitamins you would need your toes to count them! And for all you constipated out there, it is full of fibre too (thumbs up!) :)
I started eating a spoon a day of chia seeds ground with flaxseed by putting it in my mouth, taking a sip of water to let the dry mixture clump together and then swallowing it. Sounds hard but it actually works :D
My skin is pretty gorgeous (;)) but after eating that, there was a glow, I cannot really explain it! And my hair is growing faster (I should know, it has taken basically 18 years for it to reach my waist, sheesh!) :D
Also the strength of my nails and their length. It is all chia!
Also, because weight is so important to maintain, i find after eating it (I used to eat it after breakfast), it does keep you feeling fuller which everyone knows I could use because I am like a cow, housing 4 stomachs instead of 1 :P
So, I decided to make a recipe in which you can eat your breakfast with your chia seeds together. It is so delicious, your head will spin, I promise ;)
These orange chia seed pancakes were super soft and fluffy, and the chia seeds just slipped into my system, unnoticed and delicious – please make this and mix it up by adding in some chocolate chips or cacao powder – the sky’s the limit!
Poppy Chia Seed Pancakes
Adapted from: Inquiring Chef
Makes: 8 super large pancakes :D
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (or orange)
- 1/4 cup (56g) butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 2 cups buttermilk (or milk slightly curdled by 1 tbs of lemon juice)
- 1 tbs orange zest
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tbs baking powder
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Extra butter, for making pancakes
- Optional: Maple syrup, ice cream (my stack features Connoisseur’s Snowy Mountain Blueberry Crumble), bananas and all other pancake toppings!
- Mix eggs and caster sugar together well with a fork or whisk
- Stir through the melted butter alternately with the buttermilk until mixed through
- Add in the orange zest with vanilla essence and stir
- Add in the plain flour, baking powder, chia seeds and salt
- Mix through until just combined, if the batter is lumpy then it is fine :)
- Let batter sit for 10 minutes
- Near the end of the 10 minutes, heat up a frypan at high temperature (I started off at 7, my stove goes to 9) and put some butter on
- Once butter starts bubbling, get a solid 1/4 cup of batter and plop on top of it, using a spoon to spread the pancake out into a nice circle
- Let cool until bubbles begin to appear on top
- Flip and cook the other side until golden brown (remember, NEVER squash down the pancakes with your spatula otherwise you will lose all your air and fluffiness)
- Place pancake on a wire rack, replace the butter on the frypan and bring your temperature down (otherwise there will be burning butter and uneven cooking – my stove eventually ended up at 4, low-medium heat for the last pancake) – Repeat with remaining batter
- Stack on a plate, dress them up and devour like you have never seen food before :)
- You place the pancakes on a wire rack so they stay slightly crispy outside but soft inside – If you immediately put them on a plate, thus covering their bottom, the condensation will make the pancakes soggy (ugh!)
- To reheat them, just stick them in the grill for a quick second or have an oven preheated at 180 degrees for a few minutes
- Be like Inquiring Chef and use whole wheat flour instead – even healthier (discounting the maple syrup and ice cream of course ;))
Would I recommend buying this product? They last very long in a cool, dry area and are full of antioxidants that you can devour with just about every meal. They are organic and a little expensive but in my opinion, a seed definitely worth fighting for (didya see that little Mulan reference there? :D)
Cheap Super Foods Australia boasts of the best organic quality in their products and this is definitely evident in the good packaging and delicious flavour. Not only do they have a wide range of ingredients to try such as acai powder (what even…) and goji berries, but check out theirSuperfoods Blog, to get fabulous ideas on how to implement them in day to day recipes!
*Disclaimer: I have received these products courtesy of the company but my opinion of each ingredient was all my own