Anyone old enough to remember Chia pets? They came in many different animal forms from sheep to bears and even the likeness of famous people. You soak the planter in water and when they are water logged, apply the little black seeds. The directions say they are easy to grow but mine never did. Hummmm…..
Well after all these years, and trust me it has been a few, I now have found something that I can do with chia seeds. Bake! Yes, chia seeds can be used in baking. The seeds are a great source of omega-3 and fiber. When combined with liquid they produce a glutenous gel that can be used in gluten free baking in lieu of gums. I have done a few things like making muffins which I’m still working on. The muffins were a little drier than I would have liked and now I have made cupcakes and just in time for Valentine’s Day.
I took a pretty typical recipe for the cupcakes, reduced the ingredients by half, added in a few gluten free items and we had a wonderful gluten free dessert. The recipe made 12 cupcakes and were then topped with a quick and easy cream cheese frosting. The tops of the cakes were a little flat. There could have been many reasons from the batter being to wet, the baking soda being old or my overfilling the cups. I will be making these again but for now here is the recipe.