Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

I am completely OBSESSED with this chia seed pudding recipe.  I came across a couple of different recipes in magazines and online and thought that it sounded kind of strange.  Pudding made from seeds?? I've been sprinkling chia seeds on my cereal for a couple years now because I know how loaded they are with omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, minerals, and protein.  My kitchen is always stalked with chia seeds so I decided to concoct my own simple (very very simple) recipe based on other ingredients I already had on hand. Here it is...


1 cup almond milk (you can use whatever kind of milk you want!)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
3 strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries

1. In a bowl, combine almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir until the honey is dissolved.  
-You do not have to use almond milk! Cows milk or coconut milk would do just fine. I prefer almond milk because it is lower in fat and full of calcium and vitamins E, D, and A. Not to mention I really like the taste.

2. Add the chia seeds to your milk mixture then cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.  
-I like to make this recipe before I go to sleep.  That way the chia seeds have had plenty of time to soak and create a thick jelly like texture.  

3. Toast your sliced almonds and shredded coconut until just golden brown. Slice up your strawberries. 

4.  Sprinkle toasted almonds, coconut, sliced strawberries, and fresh blueberries on top of your now pudding-like chia milk mixture. That's it! 

This recipe is great because you can change it up with different fruits or nuts.  This flavor combination just happens to be my favorite.

A little info on Chia seeds...

Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, native in Mexico and Guatemala.  Chia seeds were a huge part of the Aztec and Mayan's diets and are thought have been their main source of fuel during conquests.  Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, they are incredibly healthful!