Simple yet nutritious, Chia Bia is the new store cupboard essential that will leave you feeling happy
and healthy from the inside out. Chia seeds make the perfect partner to the foods you already love –
and just two spoonfuls every day will power your body with the nourishment and fuel* it needs to feel
With a subtle taste, chia seeds are the perfect way to add a daily dash of goodness to favourite everyday dishes – without compromising on flavour. Simply sprinkle onto granola for breakfast, blend
in a refreshing coconut smoothie or add to some courgetti for an easy mid-week meal.
Chia Bia is encouraging everyone to try the tiny seeds each day for two weeks and see if you can feel
the difference. Share delicious recipe creations using the #chiabiachallenge and join the Chia Bia
community @chiabiaseed for more inspiration.
The Chia Bia seed range includes whole and milled varieties, plus two chia berry mixes – cranberry or
blueberry. The range is available from Holland and Barratt, Ocado, Amazon, Selfridges and
independent health stores nationwide with RRPs ranging from £5.49 to £9.99.
The health benefits:
Chia is the highest-known plant-based source of omega-3 in the world which works to
maintain a happy heart and strengthen the brain.
High in fibre, the tiny seeds aid digestion and help to balance blood sugar levels and
Chia helps to reduce inflammation and improves circulation.
High in zinc which is known to benefit the immune system and nervous system.
Chia is a complete (plant) protein – making it a perfect source for vegans and vegetarians.
Plum and nectarine chia cobbler
500g plums, stones removed and sliced
500g nectarines,stones removed and sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
50g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp water
100g self raising flour
1 tsp cinnamon
100g vegan spread
50g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp dairy free milk
50g mixed seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Grease a small lasagna dish.
3. Gently cook the fruit in the lemon juice and water for 5 minutes.
4. In a bowl, sieve the flour and cinnamon.Add the spread, using your finger tips rub the spread into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
5. Add the sugar and stir well.
6. To make a gel using Chia bia, simply mix 1/3 cup of Whole Chia Seeds with 2 cups of water. Stir it up, let it sit for 5 minutes and stir again. This gel will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks. You can add more or less water depending on what consistency you prefer.
7. Add the Chia bia gel to the flour mix along with the milk.It should be of dropping consistency.
8. Spoon the cobbler mix over the fruit leaving gaps.
9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until firm to touch and golden brown.
As my eldest has an egg allergy, chia bia was used as an egg replacement in the recipe above.It really worked well but I think I needed a little extra water with the gel and I don’t all the seeds had expanded.We tried smoothies every day for two weeks, using different kinds of fruit and dairy alternative milks.I found them really filling and tasty.I also made mixed seed flapjacks, using chia bia as a binding agent and half of the vegan spread needed for the recipe.There still many things we could try with chia bia, especially with replacing egg as the normal egg replacement powder we use leaves a bitter after taste. I have continued to make smoothies each morning, it’s become part of the normal breakfast routine now.
* Chia is hydrophilic – meaning when added to food it thickens and absorbs water (helping to
Chia Bia is Ireland’s biggest supplier of chia seeds and chia seed products sourcing the highest-quality
chia seeds from South and Central America. The full range includes:
o Whole Chia Seed – available in 200g (£5.49) and 400g (£9.99)
o Milled Chia Seed – available in 150g (£5.49) and 315g (£9.99)
o Chia and Blueberry Mix – available in 100g (£5.49) and 260g (£9.99)
o Chia and Cranberry Mix – available in 100g (£5.49) and 260g (£9.99)
Chia Bia can be used as an egg replacement, gluten-free replacement for flour or a healthy
alternative to butter – reducing the amount of saturated fat
I was sent 1 packet each of Chia bia of whole chia seed, milled chia seed, chia and blueberry mix and chia and cranberry Mix for the purpose of a review.