Chia seeds have been growing in popularity in the last few years. We remember them as CH CH CH CHIA pets on those horrid infomercials. Turns out Chia seeds pack massive nutritional power! Loaded with omega 3’s & more antioxidants than blueberries how can you go wrong. These little tiny seeds are also filled with fiber & protein.
One thing I will note is that the texture can take a bit of getting used to, because the seed forms a “gel” like substance around the seed when exposed to moisture. This is what makes the chia pudding… a pudding! Each tiny chia seed can absorb up to 10 x their weight in liquid! It is important to drink a lot of water whenever consuming chia and flax! This gel effect is also what keeps you full for so long, as the seeds take on all the liquids in your stomach, expanding and keeping you happy and not hangry. ( The worst feeling in life ) .
I found a good way to get around the texture though… that is to just take this exact pudding we make today and throw it all in the blender until all smooth!
Chia pudding is super fun & delicious. It is super easy for on the go in cute little jars you can eat & run!
What You’ll Need:
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups almond milk ( I used unscented chocolate almond milk )
- 1 TBSP cocoa powder
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or pure maple syrup
For the add ins:
These are optional you can add whatever you want to the chia pudding base! Here is what I used and it turned out amaze.
- 2 figs chopped
- 3 dates chopped
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
- blueberries & raspberries for layering/topping
What To Do:
- In an air tight container.. a jar works perfectly, add in everything including the “add ins” right in to the container and shake, shake, shake!
- Once everything is all mixed together in the jar, seal up the jar tight
- Put the container in to the fridge and leave to set and turn into pudding for 4-5 hours. This recipe works great at night time it is perfect by the morning!
- Once the pudding is done top with your fav fruit. I love using raspberries and blueberries and layering in between the chia pudding… banana slices also work great.
- Remember… if the texture bothers you just throw everything into a blender and then top with the berries after blending!
- Devour… this makes about 4 servings or 1 very yummy serving 😉