A while ago I blogged about chia seeds, the superfood of the moment. These mini-nutrient miracles are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fibre, and they’re also powerful energy-boosters. I wouldn’t recommend chomping them by the mouthful (they taste bland and gritty) but I can recommend this Chia Seed Banana Bread recipe.
I found the recipe below on dole.com. It is easier than counting to ten, and just as quick (almost). The bake is denser than ordinary banana bread but just as delicious—the chia seeds don’t upset the flavour balance. After snacking on it for a few days I certainly felt more alert and energised.
Nutritionists would advise against over-eating a new food, but this banana bread is a sensible and tasty way of introducing these energising seeds into your diet.
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup soy butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 ripe bananas, pureed
1/2 cup whole chia seeds
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Combine flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Beat soy spread and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in bananas, chia seeds, sour cream and vanilla until just blended. Add flour mixture and nuts. Stir until just blended.
Spoon into a loaf tin sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 180°C/350°F for 55 to 65 minutes.