It is always nice when you are experimenting in the kitchen and find a new favorite way of baking. Since our family
is usually gluten-free , it is always a science project trying to find the right mixture to make a GF substitute not flakey, overly-dense, or have it end up being nothing like the real glutenous original.
My husband found a chocolate brownie recipe online that called for milling chia seeds
for the main flour ingredient. I thought that could either go great or extremely weird. After I tweaked some of the recipe, it was an awesome texture and turned out great. You can try my decadent flourless chocolate cake recipe here. After enjoying that, it got me thinking, I bet I can make other scrumptious baked goods with adding milled chia seeds. I looked online for others examples… found barely any. Huh.. maybe I SHOULD INVENT some of my own!
When I was first going to try my own recipe it just so happened to be Banana Bread Day, so I decided to give that a try! The first batch turned out really good, doughy, and delicious… but not blog worthy quite yet. After offering it to the ones close around me, I asked for their critics. We found a few changes, and VOILA!
The first chia seed based banana bread has now been developed! It is always exciting to “invent” something new. With the addition of blueberries, these milled chia seed blueberry banana muffins are our new go-to breakfast or snack when we want something sweet and doughy.
It is added bonus that this usually carby, sugary pastry is now packed with protein and is sugar-free, paleo-friendly, and filled with nutrients. This recipe uses the natural sweetness from the bananas and added raw stevia to give it just the right sweet note. Chia seed is filled with fiber, protein, antioxidants, omega 3s, vitamins, and minerals. The addition of almond meal, banana, blueberries, and eggs gives added protein, vitamin and minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. These babies are jammed pack with goodness in taste and health. They are also great for your kids to eat a pastry without eating a pastry… 😉 Okay, let’s get going in the kitchen!
Have you tried using chia flour before? What is your gluten-free flour of choice?