I’ve been using chia in food for years now. One of the newer areas that is made an appearance is in my coffee corner and I am hooked.
What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are small, oval-shaped seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant. This plant is a member of the mint family. They have been consumed for thousands of years and were an important food source for ancient civilizations like the Aztecs and Mayans.
Chia seeds are highly nutritious and packed with so many really healthy things. Anything for a good excuse to drink a cup of coffee, right?
When chia seeds are mixed with liquid, they absorb the liquid and it forms a gel layer on the outside. This unique property makes them popular for use in recipes such as coffee chia seed pudding, chocolate chia pudding, smoothies, and as an egg substitute in vegan baking. The gel-like consistency of chia seeds can help to thicken and bind ingredients together.
Chia seeds are widely available in grocery stores and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes to enhance their nutritional value. They have a mild, nutty flavor that pairs well with both sweet and savory recipes.
Its taste also pairs great with coffee. Hence the birth of chia coffee.
But before we talk about chia coffee, let’s just take a step back and look at the potential health benefits of adding these tiny guys to your morning coffee.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are highly nutritious. They contain a crazy amount of vitamins and minerals. Here is a list of some of those nutrients:
- Dietary fiber
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Plant-based protein
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin B6
What is Chia Seed Coffee?
Now, finally, chia coffee is a beverage that takes all of the goodness of chia seeds that I just mentioned and adds it to the glorious beverage that gets you out of bed in the morning.
Why Chia Seed Coffee?
One of the main benefits of chia coffee is that it provides a good dose of fiber and healthy fats from the chia seeds. This can help promote satiety and help with your digestive system. There is also talk about it lowering the risk of heart disease. It could also help to lower blood pressure.
This means that making chia coffee part of your regular morning routine part is the perfect way to make the most of the health benefits of chia seed.
It also adds some textural interest to your coffee and it tastes amazing. I really feel that every coffee lover should give it a chance.
However, it’s worth noting that chia seeds absorb liquid. This causes a gel layer to form on the outside of the seeds and not everyone might like that gel-like texture.
Type of Coffee to Use
I like espresso and always recommend Starbucks’s Pike Place roast.
However, you can basically use whatever coffee you like. Some examples include instant coffee, cold brew coffee, or drip coffee.
So maybe first try this recipe with the regular coffee that you use every day. Then experiment with other kinds of coffee.
Chia Coffee Recipe
- Mix 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds with about the same amount of milk in a small bowl.
- Let the milk and seed mix stand while you brew your coffee.
- Steam or froth some milk if you want.
- Mix the coffee and the seed and milk mix. Make sure that there are no lumps because of the seeds that stick to each other.
- Pour the milk over the coffee and seed mix.
- Sweeten to taste if you like (e.g. sugar or maple syrup).
Variations on Chia Coffee
Chia coffee is often enjoyed with additional ingredients to spice things up. Here are some things that you can try.
Vanilla Chia Coffee
To make this variation just add a tablespoon of vanilla syrup to your coffee.
To make this coffee, all you have to do is substitute the normal coffee for chai coffee. The spices of the chai coffee really spice up things. It is so good, no lies.
You can literally use any milk that you like. I usually use whole milk, but you can use skim milk or even non-dairy alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. You get barista variants that are made to steam well.
Iced Chia Coffee
Iced coffee is the perfect drink for hot summer days.
Try mixing the chia seeds with cold coffee instead of hot coffee. Top it off with cold foam for flare and extra taste.
Cinnamon Chia Coffee
Try adding a touch of cinnamon on top of your coffee. This is especially good if you used steamed milk in your coffee.
Concluding Thoughts: Chia Coffee
I fell in love with this beverage. Not only do the chia seeds add some nutritional value to my morning coffee, I actually also like the texture.