Food Stamps Cooking Club: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia?

July 28th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »


I HEART CHIA SEEDS...and these amaranth seeds, too!

No doubt you’ve heard that annoying jingle for the green and living Chia pets…what you may not know is that those little seeds are powerhouses of nutrition and flavor!

Renita, who is a frequent contributor and Club Member, turned us onto these beauties.  She found a recipe for Chia Pudding and the stampede to get these seeds was on!  We offer her recipe here and cannot overemphasize how delicious and nutritious it is.  PLUS-and this is critical for Food Stamps Cooking Clubbers-it is economical. Furthermore, it could become your family’s new favorite comfort food!


2  cups almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk or fruit juice

1/2  cup Chia seeds

1/3  cup honey  *Or use 15-20 drops Stevia

1/2 – 1  teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

1/4 – 1/2  teaspoon cinnamon

Stir.  Use raw Cacao Powder for chocolate flavor if desired.

Keep in fridge and use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks!

Here are some facts about Chia seeds you may find interesting:

  • Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 – it has 700% more than wild salmon!
  • Soaked Chia seeds are gelatinous, so are ideal for adding to soups and puddings
  • Considered to be a Superfood, Chia seeds soak up 9 times their weigh in liquid.  Add 9 teaspoons of water for every teaspoon of Chia seeds you put into any dish.
  • For baking, make a gelatin and replace 1/2 the oil in your recipe with the equivalent…if your recipe calls for 1 cup of butter or oil, you would use 1/2 cup of oil or butter and 1/2 cup of the Chia gelatin
  • Chia seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder or food processor to be used to dredge meats before frying or baking.
  • Chia seeds have 500% more calcium than milk; 200% more iron than spinach; 1400% more magnesium than broccoli; and they are rich in fiber, protein, selenium and phosphorous!

Wouldn’t it be fun to make up a batch of this yummy-ness and pour it into ice cube trays so you could give your kids “cubes” of pudding? Kids are going to love this stuff and you’ll be happy to have them eating such a healthy snack!

For users of SNAP or WIC or Angel Food Ministries, this could really be helpful.  If you utilize a food pantry or have food commodities Chia seeds could help you stretch those food dollars.  If you are frugal and health conscious you will be delighted to have Chia seeds on your pantry shelf.

Boy, do we ever owe Renita for this one!  Thanks again, Renita!

We hope you will send your food ideas to because we love getting mail and we love, love, love getting your comments here!  Thank you for your participation!

Connie Baum

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  1. WritewhereUr says:

    I loved learning about the Chia seeds and all that they contribute to a person’s health. I NEVER knew this information about Chia seeds…all I ever knew about them was from the Chia pet commercials and how fast they grew. Amazing info and I would love to try this recipe…thanks Connie and Renita!

  2. Oh, golly, you are in for such a treat. I think even picky eaters will enjoy these goodies. NOT that YOU have any of those at your place!

    Isn’t it fun that we can share info and food and fun right here on the internet?

    Thanks so much for your input, my dear friend.

    Big Hugs,
    Mother Connie

  3. Thank you Connie.

    I just finished making some Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Chia Seed gelatin in them. Maybe I should change the name to Chia Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    I took some cookies to the Assisted Living last night and got rave reviews. They are very moist and delicious.

    The cookies have protein in them, because of the Chia Seeds and many other nutritional items. You also have 1/2 the calories because you use 1/2 the oil and I always use 1/2 the sugar anyway, but because the gelatin absorbs the sweets and fats so less gets into the blood stream from the way I understand it.

    I hope everyone tries it because it is fun and it actually improves the taste of food.

    WriteWhereUR I am anxious to hear what Jeff thinks of it. LOL

    Thanks again,


  4. O, my stars and garters, Renita! I am drooling on the keyboard! Too bad you did not include your recipe; maybe you will offer that up for the Club Members?

    These silly Chia seeds make us all feel as if we have won the lottery, don’t they? Well, almost. They don’t quite spend the way dollars do. grin

    Thank you so much for all you do for other people, Renita. So happy you stopped by.

    Mother Connie

  5. I tasted this recipe and mmmmmm mmmmmmm good! And I ordered some seeds so I can start getting healthier! Good stuff Maynard! Thanks Renita and Connie!

  6. Hey, Anita…what’s more fun than a bunch o friends and family getting together to eat and share their lives? I was SO happy you could come to the Class!

    Now to plan the NEXT gig…

    It is wonderful to have you stop by. Your life is busy and full; yet you made time to touch base by leaving your comment. Thanks, Anita!

    Mother Connie

  7. B says:

    How are you able to buy chia seeds with SNAP? I was told it was a supplement thus not approved. Should I be purchasing it from the bulk aisle? Thank you.

  8. I was unaware that chia seeds were not allowable on SNAP. However, that said, I do know that if there is cash for food in addition to the EBT card, some people choose chia as good protein. It can be used many ways and it is filling, so it’s a good buy. If anyone has more info about this, we’d appreciate their letting us know. I really appreciate your comment, B!