Chia seeds pudding may just be the easiest breakfast or afternoon snack. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, both of which are so important for a healthy diet. Chia seed's benefits are endless. They balance blood pressure, keep the heart healthy, and stimulate a healthy digestive system. This chia seed pudding recipe is so simple, takes a couple of minutes, and is my go-to recipe for an easy breakfast.
I have been having a lot more chia seeds lately with work at home life convenience, and being more mindful of what I consume. I will make a batch ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a couple of days to enjoy as a grab and go breakfast, or snack.
Just like most chia seed recipes, this one is also very simple. To make chia pudding, you need milk, chia seeds, a sweetener and flavoring. Any plant based milk will work. I personally use almond milk. I have used coconut milk before but as chia and coconut are both cooling foods in Ayurveda, I find I get body pains when consuming them together, especially in winter, so keep that in mind. For sweetener, you can use honey, maple syrup, stevia or any sweetener of choice. This is optional but it does taste a lot better when sweet! To flavor chia seed pudding, the possibilities are pretty endless. You can use spices like cinnamon or cardamom, extracts like vanilla, rose or almond, or citrus zests like lemon or orange. I personally love using a pinch of cardamom or a drop of vanilla.
To make chia seed pudding, you simply mix all the ingredients together and let it sit in the fridge for a minimum of four hours, or overnight. The chia seeds may clump together after initially mixing them, so ten minutes after mixing, go again with a fork to break up the lumps of chia.
For toppings, its best to put these on right before eating. Toppings might be the best part of chia seed puddings. You can top with fruit, nut butter, more seeds, jam, dried fruits or nuts. My go-to toppings are usually fruit, hemp seeds, and desiccated coconut.
Simple Chia Seed Pudding
Prep Time: 2 min Total Time: 5 mins Yield: 1 serving
1/2 cup almond milk (or any plant based milk)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
pinch of cardamom (or a drop of any extract, a pinch of citrus zest, or pinch of cinnamon)
1 teaspoon of maple syrup (or any sweetener)
fruits/ seeds for topping
Mix together the milk, chia seeds, sweetener and flavoring in a jar with a lid.
Let it sit for ten minutes before mixing it again to get rid of any clumps of chia.
Put in the fridge for a minimum of four hours - overnight.
Cut up fruits of choice to top the pudding, and add any other toppings of choice.
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