Add these tiny seed powerhouses of nutrients to your diet by enjoying this chia seed pudding recipe.
This is one recipe I never feel guilty about enjoying. In fact, this easily makes a light, nutritious, and filling breakfast, lunch, or snack, any time of day. Chia seeds contain almost all of the essential nutrients critical for growth and development like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds are gluten-free, and with the use of a nut, or plant-based milk, this pudding can be completely vegan and dairy-free.
With only 225 calories for the basic pudding, you can top this with your favourite:
fruits (fresh, dried, puréed, candied)
spices (dried, fresh, candied)
The only limit is your imagination.
I make these puddings directly in stackable, sealable jars to make storage in the refrigerator easy. In the refrigerator, these will last 3 or 4 days. Without toppings this can be frozen for several weeks. Just thaw in the refrigerator the night before and top to enjoy anytime.
TIP: The pudding should already be starting to noticeably thicken after standing for 5 minutes. If yours is not, you may have an old batch of chia seeds, or you have really exceeded the recommended liquid amount in this recipe. In either case, try mixing in an extra tablespoon of seeds before refrigerating. If after 2 hours in the refrigerator the pudding doesn't look like the photo above, discard and buy fresh seeds.
TIP: I like making my chia seed pudding immediately after making a fresh batch of cashew milk. The still frothy milk makes for a mousse-like pudding. You can get a similar effect by using a milk frother on the milk before incorporating the chia seeds.
(Makes 1 serving)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup cashew milk (or other nut or plant-based milk)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Add all ingredients into a small sealable container or jar. Mix well ensuring all the seeds are incorporated.
Let stand 5 minutes then mix again.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before adding toppings. Serve and enjoy.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 225 | total fat = 11.51g | saturated fat = 1.5g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 54.17mg | carbohydrates = 25.03g | dietary fibre = 10g | sugars = 12.14g | protein = 5.51g