I promised a post update so here I am – back with one!
Over the winter break, my family took a trip to Chile, South America. After 34-ish hours of flying, we arrived in Puerto Montt, only to find that we had no luggages whatsoever. We found out two days later that they had been left in Paris (transit) and only received everything after three days. Anyway it’s a long and dreadful story so I shan’t dwell on it here. So during our trip, we made several trips to the Supermercado (supermarket) & on one of them, I stumbled upon chia seeds in the organic section. Over in Singapore, chia seeds are pretty expensive. And because no one in my family has ever caught on the chia seed craze, none of us have ever tried it.
The chia seeds here were significantly cheaper, due to the fact that they are grown in South America. The bag I got was from Bolivia. We had chia seeds in our breakfast (because all the breakfasts came with yogurt & they match pretty well) and because we grew to like the crunch, we decided to buy some back.
Ever since getting back, we haven’t really had yogurt for breakfast. Oopsie. So the chia seeds have just been sitting on the kitchen counter, not being eaten. Then I recalled that several months back, I saw a post on Top with Cinnamon where she talked about her skepticism of the benefits of chia seeds. She had a bag as well and decided to make it yummy by changing it into ice-cream.
I thought this was really smart – taking the sticky texture of the chia when it bloats and turning it into custard. Took her chia seed ice cream recipe, made several modifications & then finally got the end result – a healthy egg-free ice-cream! (I’m positive that the calories are WAY lower and cos chia has all these benefits – fiber, omega-3 etc etc)
So with that, I managed to get this decadent chocolate chia seed ice-cream. Pretty ‘wow’ right? It was also very suitable for my dad who’s mildly diabetic because of the low sugar content. Hoorayyy for chocolate chia seed ice-cream 😀
Seems too good to be true eh? A healthy treat with the taste to boot! Scroll down for the chia seed ice cream recipe!
Chocolate Chia Seed Ice-Cream
Inspired by Top with Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 2/3 cup milk (I used full cream)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Put the chia seeds, milk, honey, chocolate and vanilla extract in a bowl and mix until well combined. Make sure the milk isn’t too cold or it’ll solidify the melted chocolate.
- Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours (to form the custard).
- Once set, take custard and put in a blender until fine. I read that you can place it through a wire mesh to get rid of all the bits but I thought it’d be good to keep all the nutrients!
- Place in ice-cream machine and churn according to machine’s instructions.
- Enjoy 🙂
Have a blast trying out this recipe!!!
P.S. HAPPY 2015!!!!