Overnight Chia Porridge {soaked for better digestion and nutrition; dairy-free; Paleo, GAPS}

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Most folks don’t know that chia seeds are high in phytic acid*. There is an easy solution, that reaps a great reward. Overnight oats are currently popular because all the work is done the night before and yields a ready-to-go breakfast. But if we’re already letting something sit out overnight, why not SOAK it to reduce phytates??  SO easy! This overnight chia porridge effortlessly soaks chia seeds in the very same creamy, dairy-free milk (with a little-something-special added) that you’ll enjoy come breakfast-time, for better digestion and nutrition!

Soaked

The reason soaked nuts and seeds digest better is the same reason they’re more nutritious after being soaked: the dormant seeds or nuts are waking up! The defense mechanisms (the phytates that protect a plant) are converting; the plant is sprouting. It was asleep, but now it’s a living thing with more nutrition! You don’t have to see the sprout. Enzymatically the seed or nut has changed. Your body can now break it down easily and utilize its nutrients.

What is *Phytic Acid?

By the way, what is phytic acid? It’s a naturally occurring plant compound that interferes with mineral absorption, so it makes our foods less nutritious. However, soaking is a first stage of fermentation that reduces phytates. Phytic acid reduction is important for digestion, absorption of nutrients and thyroid function.

Chia Seed Nutrition

Once soaked, chia seeds are the super-food they’re touted to be: high in carbs, fiber, protein, minerals, good fats; chia seeds even contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant compounds.

You can double this recipe, which is what I’ve been doing! That way my always-hungry-family has a ready-to-go and easy snack that’s high in nutrition and low in sweetener. High in protein and complex carbs! I even add Paleo protein powder (here’s the vanilla I buy; here’s the chocolate I buy) or collagen (find it here) to mine! You can leave the porridge out overnight in jars or in one big ceramic bowl, covered. SO encouraging to make this kind of a treat– everyone likes it, it’s basically a ferment (which equals FUN in my book), and it’s HEALTHY!! 🙂

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Overnight Chia Porridge {soaked for better digestion and nutrition!; dairy-free; probiotics}
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2-4 servings
Servings
2-4 servings
Overnight Chia Porridge {soaked for better digestion and nutrition!; dairy-free; probiotics}
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Servings
2-4 servings
Servings
2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups homemade nut/seed milk see recipe below in Recipe Notes, or coconut milk; or use raw or cultured milk if you prefer/can have dairy
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon non-dairy whey* (see how below); or pickling brine (choose any liquid food source of probiotics with a mild flavor, sauerkraut juice will even work; but nothing spicy or with garlic, obviously)
  • optional add-ins up to 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey, berries or dates; protein powder, collagen
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Instructions
  1. In medium size bowl combine 2 cups milk of choice with 2/3 cup chia seeds and whey (or kraut juice). Stir well.
  2. Allow to sit 15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes in the beginning to keep seeds from sinking and clumping before they expand.
  3. Add up to 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey, if desired. Add any other mix-ins desired (berries, chopped dates, protein powder, collagen powder). {{NOTE: if you add protein powder, it is often *already sweetened*; so you won't likely need any additional sweetener added to your porridge.}}
  4. Transfer to ball jars. Cover with lids.
  5. Leave in warm location overnight, up to 24 hours.
  6. Transfer to fridge, where seeds will continue to reduce in phytates (and probiotics will increase). Porridge keeps well 4-5 days.
Recipe Notes

Homemade nut or seed milk making-nut-milk-ellies-bag

Combine in a high-powered blender: 3 cups filtered water and 2/3 cup raw hemp seeds (or a soaked/sprouted wet nut or seed of your choice). Optionally, add 1/16 teaspoon powdered stevia (or 5 to 8 drops liquid stevia), to taste. Process on medium-high speed for 50 seconds. Straining is optional. I use Ellie's Nut Milk Bag when I strain. (Find it here.) The milk is now ready to use.

 

Non-dairy whey

This can be collected from any non-dairy yogurt. Simply place yogurt in cheesecloth or coffee filter-lined colander, over a bowl. Allow to sit out overnight. The liquid that drips into the bowl is whey. It's full of probiotics and will inoculate a ferment or predigest the chia seeds in this recipe. (What's left behind in your colander is dairy-free Greek yogurt or yogurt cheese, thick, creamy and delicious.)

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