by ADMIN on JULY 16, 2011
Chia seeds. I’ll be honest, they’re not my favorite if left to soak in liquid. But when added to a bread these little seeds can be a great addition. At first I was hesitant to make this recipe because the ingredient list seems a tad bland; however I was pleasantly surprised at it’s moist, spongy texture and great flavor. And it was one of the quickest breads I’ve ever made!
Chia seeds are a pretty healthy addition to the diet. And yes, they ARE the same seeds that grown on ceramic animals to form ‘plant hair’! These little black pearls contain high amounts of alphalinoleic acid (ALA), a plant form of health-benefiting omega-3 fatty acids. One dry ounce serving has about 4900mg ALA, which is a bit ‘more’ than what you could get from 1 serving of salmon.
It’s interesting to note, however, that the omega-3’s found in salmon and other fatty fish are EPA and DHA. These fatty acids are extremely bioavailable – meaning the body can absorb and use them very well. ALA, on the other hand, has to be converted several times in the body for our cells to be able to use the fatty acid. This means you need more ALAI(plants) than DHA/EPA (fish) to be beneficial.
One ounce serving (about 3 Tbsp) of chia seeds has: 137 calories, 9 grams fat (most of which is healthy unsaturated), 11 grams fiber (!!), 4 grams protein, 18% of the recommended Daily Value of calcium, 27% DV phosphorous, and 30% DV manganese. Chia Quick Bread Author: Adapted from The Chia Company Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 35 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: 8 to 10 A moist, nutritious, spongy quick bread with minimal added sugar and lots of chia seeds and walnuts that's easy to make. Enjoy with fruit jelly or jam.
2 cups white flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
⅓ cup chia seeds, dry
¾ cup walnuts
14 oz fat free buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a 9" bread pan with spray canola oil.
Combine flours, baking soda, sugar, salt, chia seeds, and walnuts. Mix well, then add buttermilk and stir to combine quickly. The dough will be very sticky and may become too dry if you wait too long!
Press dough into bread pan and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven perfectly baked and ready to eat!