Chia pudding is simple to make for breakfast or a snack.
About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are tiny black, brown or white seeds that are often referred to as a superfood. They are quite bland in taste which means they readily take on the flavour of whatever you put them in.
When put into liquid like water, juice or a smoothie, chia seeds absorb the liquid and a gelatinous coating forms around each seed creating a chia gel that can be used in a variety of ways.
These gluten-free seeds are rich in omega-3, protein, fibre (soluble and insoluble) plus vitamins & minerals including calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Chia pudding is simply chia seeds, liquid and flavouring, and can be quite filling. A little goes a long way! It takes just a few minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days.
Why make chia pudding?
- The flavour combinations endless! Are strawberries in season? Make a simple strawberry jam and add it to your base. Do you want something seasonal? Add in some cooked, pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice for some warming fall flavours.
- Chia pudding is a great portable snack to take to work or school. I like to use small mason jars or recycled yogurt pots - they hold just the right amount for a filling snack.
- Chia pudding is quite filling.
Customizing your Chia Pudding
- Chia pudding is very versatile and can be customized to your personal taste. I like to make a batch of chia gel with chia seeds & water and keep that in my fridge for a couple of days to make chia pudding or add to smoothies.
- If you prefer a smoother texture simply blend your chia pudding.
- Make a couple of different flavours and layer them together for a bright, healthy and tasty snack.
Try out one of the variations below or make your own and share your favourite in the comments below!
- Add cacao powder for a chocolate pudding.
- Mix fruit puree, chopped fresh or dried fruit into the basic chia pudding.
- Stir in some matcha powder.
- Keep the base the same and switch out the spices.
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup coconut milk (can use almond milk or any other non-dairy milk preferred)
- 2 - 3 tsps date paste (alternative sweetener options: 2 tsp honey or maple syrup)
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder or extract
- Add chia seeds to the water and stir. Let sit to gel, 15 minutes to overnight.
- Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.