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Feb 12, 2014 by LAUREN GLUCINA
Sweet Cherry Chia Breakfast Jar

This is a sweet, innocent looking little breakfast jar to take away with you to work, that is actually a pretty serious hit of long lasting energy that will carry you through the day and back again, then tuck you up in bed at night. That’s because this innocent little breakfast jar is made with Cherries and Chia!

Cherries are so clever. They are so clever that they can block pain and inflammation signals in your body (in the same way ibuprofen (Nurofen) and aspirin do). They can make you sleepy at sleep time because they have significant quantities of melatonin. They have lots of goodies like Vitamin A and C, copper and manganese. They can prevent attacks of gout because they cleverly reduce the production of uric acid in your body, oh, and also, research suggests that a compound in Tart Cherries called Perillyl Alcohol is super awesome at reducing the incidence of all types of cancer. Peow Peow! Go Cherries!

Chia is a teeny tiny little seed that really means business. An ancient superseed of the Mayans and Aztecs, it is full of protein and fibre and has the most Omega 3 of any known plant. Also known as The Indian Running food’ for the high-energy endurance it imparts. Traditionally used for anything from wounds, colds and sore throats, to upset stomachs, body odours and constipation. So prized were they in ancient times that they were offered to the Gods and also used as currency to pay taxes.

And together, with their powers combined, they make you your Sweet Cherry Chia Breakfast Jar!

Sweet Cherry Chia Breakfast Jar

Chia seeds swell and become gelatinous in liquid which gives them a beautiful creamy texture, its sorta like having porridge but not.

Handful of fresh cherries, pitted
Handful of crushed pistachios
A sprinkle of raw cacao nibs
1 Cup of nut milk (store bought, or make your own by blending 1/4 cup of cashews with 1 cup of water, then straining through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth)
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1 Medjool date
1 Teaspoon of vanilla paste
1 Teaspoon of coconut oil
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of flaky sea salt

  • Pop the cherries, pistachios and cacao nibs into the bottom of your jar
  • Blend your nut milk with the date, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt
  • Stir the chia seeds into the sweet milk and then pour the mixture into the jar over the cherries and nuts
  • Let set in the fridge for 30mins so that the chia swell and thicken.

Makes one generous jar.


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