From Terracotta Pets to Donuts

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So just how does a chia seed go from a novelty gift sensation to a superfood?

Really. How does that happen?

I mean novelty gifts typically do not have a practical function, while superfoods are thought to have significant health promoting abilities. See what I’m getting at here? This doesn’t make sense.

In this particular case, I’m choosing to blame the media. Every time you turn around, the media has latched onto (albeit sometimes very briefly) the result of a new study and suddenly we are avoiding bread or nightshade vegetables, and loading up on kale and quinoa.

Unfortunately, there’s too much of a focus on single studies and on single nutrients.  We need to be looking at the big picture. We need to stop taking the results of research out of context. We need to stop looking at the individual nutrients in isolation. The book Whole  by T. Colin Campbell, PhD is well worth a read if you are interested in learning more about this aspect of nutrition.

Now I don’t want to throw chia seeds under the bus.  I mean they do have a lot going for them, as they are high in fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. And the evolution of the chia seed from a chia pet to a superfood did take quite a few decades. So maybe I should be a little more understanding of the plight of the chia seed.

However, we must remember man cannot live on chia seeds alone. That’s why I would recommend these bad boys with a bowl of fresh fruit. And then eating lunch later that day. And dinner too. Don’t forget snacks. Snacks are good.

I will warn you…these are not your typical soft, cake-like donut. They have a bit of a crunch to them. And taste? Absolutely heavenly. I would even go so far as to say they are a bit addictive, so it’s a good thing they are quite filling.  And you know the “I ate too many donuts” feeling you sometimes have after a donut breakfast? You won’t have that feeling with these donuts! Your body will be thanking you for eating these!

They are quite simple to throw together:

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Angela Liddon’s “out-the-door chia power donuts” from The Oh She Glows Cookbook

(makes 6 regular size donuts)

3/4 c. oat flour (I put old fashioned oats in a blender cup and made my own.)

1/2 c. chia seeds

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/4 t. sea salt

1/4 t. cinnamon

1/3 c. maple syrup

1/3 c. nut milk

1 t. vanilla

“Frosting”: I’ve used Barney Butter’s Almond Butter with Cocoa and Coconut, and then sprinkled a few coconut flakes and chocolate chips on top.

I’ve also used homemade chia seed jam.

Both are delicious! Just listen to what your tastebuds are telling you and act accordingly.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly spray a donut pan (6 regular size donuts). Combine oat flour, chia seeds, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add maple syrup, nut milk, and vanilla. Stir. The batter will be runny. (Or at least it should be. If not, I would quick check the recipe while you still have time!) Spoon the batter into donut pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 22-26 minutes. Cool in pan. Remove and frost as desired.

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