Refreshing, light and irresistibly fruity: Cherry Chia Frozen Yoghurt is a super-healthy low carb dessert that’s perfect for rounding off a summer meal.
You might be a chia veteran. But you might just be like me, a Salvia Hispanica novice. Just getting your head around WHY you should care about chia seeds and WHAT THE ? to do with them. Well, today I’ll be here to lend a helping hand. For I have just purchased a gigantic pack of those little black seeds and was literally gagging to come up with some interesting ways to use them. After making a few standard chia breakfasts with almond milk and fruit – delicious and filling – may I present to you Cherry Chia Frozen Yoghurt!
Let’s have a quick glance at the facts: Chia seeds are the seeds of a plant that grows in Mexico and Central America and were a staple food for the Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”. The seeds contain significant amounts of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids as well as plenty of high quality protein, several essential minerals and antioxidants. Research shows that they may improve risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. They also increase blood levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and lead to improved digestive health. Friends, these seeds are not just another crazy fly by night fad. They are a true superfood that’s here to stay. Certainly in my household – as you only need a couple of spoonfuls per portion, my bag of chia seeds will definitely last beyond the end of this year.
Like so many seeds, chia packs a ton of nutrition in that teensy tiny package. But probably the most interesting thing about chia seeds is their high fibre content. Looking at the nutrition breakdown, an ounce of chia seeds has 12 grams of “carbohydrate.” However, eleven of those grams are fibre, which isn’t digested by the body. Fibre does not raise blood sugar and does not need insulin to be disposed of. The real carbohydrate content is only one gram per ounce, which is very, very low and makes chia a perfect low carb friendly food.
Because of its high fibre content, chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid. So when you add them to, say, milk, you will get a “pudding”, thickened by the seeds themselves as they expand. Fibre also feeds the good bacteria in the gut, which we all know now is essential for our health. By weight, chia seeds contain 40 % fibre, which makes them one of the best sources of fibre available.
Cherry Chia Frozen Yoghurt is probably one of the easiest desserts you can make.
All you need is 4 ingredients, 1 minute of blending, 10 minutes of patience and a few hungry mouths to feed. We all loved the incredibly fruity flavour combined with the crunchy edge of the chia seeds that jazz up the texture of the froyo. Because of the expanding properties of the seeds they bind the liquid in the yoghurt and fruit, helping to keep the dish “in shape” for longer. And, of course, as a health fanatic (yes, I am aware) I felt AWESOME feeding my family’s and my own friendly gut bacteria. Take a spoonful of Cherry Chia Frozen Yoghurt and imagine it’s like stroking their tiny cute heads. There you go, lovely little health helpers! We’ve got each other’s backs.
If you like frozen yoghurt as much as I do, be sure to check out my Espresso Choc Chip Froyo as well!
- 400g plain yoghurt, full fat
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 300g cherries, frozen
- 1 tbsp erythritol or sweetener of choice
- In a tall bowl or your food processor, soak the chia seeds in the yoghurt for 10 minutes.
- Add the frozen cherries and sweetener and blend.
- Serve immediately or freeze to firm up for up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.