Thursday, February 10, 2011

80--- Chia Pretzels

Chia seeds. Yes, the same seeds that you grew your chia pet out of. Who knew they were so good for you? Chia seeds are a super-source of omega-3 fatty acids. And, unlike flax seeds, our bodies can access the nutrients without the seeds being ground!

These pretzels are so easy and quick to make! They make a lovely addition to a hot soup on a cold winter day!

Chia Pretzels
Serves 14

1 1/3 cups warm water (between 100-110 degrees)

1 package baker's yeast

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups all purpose flour

3 Tbsp chia seeds

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add flour and continue to mix until combined (I used my hands once flour was moistened). Add more flour if dough is sticky (sticks to your fingers). Knead dough until smooh.

Break dough into 14 even pieces. Roll out pieces into 8-10" strips. Fold into pretzel shapes and place on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Use a pastry brush to brush water lightly onto each pretzel. Sprinkle each pretzel with chia seeds.

Bake for ~5-8 minutes, or until cooked through.

Nutrition Info per 1 pretzel: 127 calories, 0.5 g fat, 4 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber