Hello (yawn) everyone, (stretch), just wanted to let you know, (squeeze eyes closed) I am NOT a morning person! (fall back on pillow and hit snooze).
Yeah I could use morning energy for sure! So when I received a bag of Health Warrior Premium Chia Seeds (affiliate link) for review, at first I wondered what I would do with them. Some people eat them by the spoonful (crunchy!), and other people put them in their tea or water and drink them (globules!). Still others sprinkle on cereal, yogurt, ice cream, and my son sprinkled his on his pasta (ummm….).
Chia seeds don’t really have any taste to me, but I prefer to eat them WITH something. So I decided to take my summer zucchini bounty and mix it with my newfound chia seed bounty and make: Morning Energy Muffins!
For your own yummy Zucchini Chia Seed Muffins, try my recipe:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 T cinnamon
- 2/3 cup coconut oil (canola would work too)
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix dry ingredients well.
- With a mixer, beat oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Fold in zucchini and chia seeds.
- Pour into muffin tins (greased or lined with cupcake liners).
- Bake 18 min or until tops spring back/tester comes out clean.
I used brown sugar to add a bit of nuttiness. However, this does make the muffin less sweet. If you like a sweeter muffin, try half brown and half white sugar.
So what’s the big deal about chia seeds?
Well, chia seeds are not just for fluffy heads of sprouts that look like hedgehogs or former presidents! (although I always did want a Chia Pet, and these are the same type of seed!). Chia seeds give you ENERGY!
The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico run up to 100 miles without shoes, sustained by the mighty chia seed. Their nutritional power comes from the natural omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, magnesium, and calcium packed into every tiny little seed!
After reading about the power of the chia seed for the Tarahumara Indians, Dan Gluck and Nick Morris, founders of Health Warrior, harnessed the amazing nutrition of the chia seed and created their yummy Chia Bars in 2011.
Health Warrior is a leader in the chia seed and health bar industry. Their chia bar is the only bar on the market with chia seeds as the primary ingredient. Their 100 calorie Chia Bars are delicious in six flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Coffee (new!), and Coconut, Acai Berry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter! (Coconut has 110 calories). All the bars are 100% natural, vegan, dairy-free and soy-free.
I love these bars and pack a few everywhere we go nowadays. Even our toddler likes them! They are nutrious, tasty (they REALLY taste like the flavors stated because they use natural flavorings.
Thanks to Health Warrior for sending me their chia seeds and chia bars to facilitate this post! All opinions are 100% my own!