For a long time now, I have wanted to try making chia pudding. I love chia seeds, and although I have no trouble finding a use for these awesome seeds on a daily basis, pudding sounded interesting.
Why make pudding with chia seeds? Chia seeds are absolutely packed with all kinds of nutrients and benefits. They are the richest whole food source of Omega-3 (ALA) (and as a vegetarian family, we love that!). These little seeds are packed with fiber and help with digestion. They are a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and much more. I could keep going on and on – these little seeds are a great way to get extra nutritional benefits.
Chia pudding is an easy way to get a good serving of these benefits. This recipe is so easy, it won’t make a mess, and you can be creative with it.
1/3 cup chia seeds – I use organic Salba Smart Chia Seeds, which are white (most chia seeds are black)
2 cups coconut milk (for this pudding, I used So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk)
Sweetener of your choice (optional)
Fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, other toppings (optional)
I use a Mason jar to mix my ingredients and to store the pudding. However, you can also mix your ingredients in a bowl.
Combine your chia seeds, milk, a splash of vanilla extract, a little bit of cinnamon, and some sweetener (the sweetener can also be added afterwards). I didn’t measure out the vanilla, cinnamon, or sweetener, so add it to taste (and you can always add more afterwards).
Mix thoroughly – either with a whisk in a bowl, or by shaking your Mason jar. Be sure to mix the ingredients carefully, because I did notice spots where my chia seeds had soaked up the sweetener.
Allow to sit in the fridge overnight. It only takes a few minutes to mix the ingredients, so you can make it right before bed and it will be ready in the morning.
Stir again thoroughly, as some of the chia may become clumpy or stick to the bottom of the jar.
I mix in fresh fruit with my chia pudding, such as bananas or kiwi.
You can get creative with chia pudding, using other ingredients, such as other kinds of milk, spices, making different flavors and combinations.
Serve, and enjoy!