Protein-Packed Chia Pods

Chia pods

Let’s get real – Chia has to be done right! Yes, it’s on-trend (hey Bondi hipsters) and it’s packed with protein, fibre and magnesium, but it can taste like gluggy cardboard if it’s not flavoured properly. It’s pretty hard to ignore these health benefits, which make it a fantastic option for breakfast or a snack.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the pre-packaged chia pods you buy in store, but I took to the kitchen this long weekend like a spirited chef with a hefty hangover to have a go at making some of my own. Turns out I know how to follow a recipe! Thanks Jamie Oliver and your amazing Everyday Superfood Cookbook for coming up with this tasty little treat. Turns out these seedy little suckers are actually quite delicious!

Give them a go yourself.

Ingredients (makes 10 pods):

  • 4 x bananas (400g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 600ml chilled hazelnut or unsweetened almond milk
  • 300g frozen fruit of your choice (mixed berries or mango work well)
  • ½ lime
  • 120g chia seeds

Method:

  1. Peel 3 bananas, chop in half and place in a blender. Add 300ml of milk and the vanilla extract and blend until you achieve a smoothie-like consistency.
  2. Pour mixture into a jug, add in half the chia seeds and store.
  3. Divide into ten equal cups or pots and place in the fridge to begin setting.
  4. Next, tip your chosen frozen fruit into the blender, add remaining banana and milk and squeeze in half a lime. Blitz until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into a jug and stir in the remaining chia seeds.
  6. Remove pods from the fridge and spoon the remaining mixture evenly and neatly between them so that you can see a nice clear line where the two flavours (colours) meet.
  7. Return to the fridge to set for 2 more hours and then you’re ready to go!

These pots store for up to 3 days when refrigerated. For added protein and vitamins, top with fresh fruit and nuts or your favourite granola. Enjoy!

Chia pods
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