I know its a wee bit fashionable right now but I can’t help it …. I love Chia Seed Pudding!
There are not many times when it’s actually OK to say that you eat pudding for breakfast so I’m going for gold with this one. I read a recipe for one a long time ago but it took me a while to actually give it a try. I’ve been putting Chia Seeds in my morning smoothies for months, so I was pretty used to the texture of them (and used to getting them stuck in my teeth). But for those who haven’t tried them before they can be a little weird at first.
They are able to absorb about 10 their dry weight in liquid so they start off small and hard, and when they get wet they swell up to sort-of gel-like squishy blobs. Yummo sounds devine! But that does mean that they work really in puddings or shakes as they make them thick and full of texture. And filling.
These tiny little black seeds are loaded with nutrients and apparently have numerous health benefits. They are high in protein at around 14%, so they do really help to fill you up at breaki time. They are fab for vegetarians like I am, although you would need to eat a huge pile of seeds to get enough protein just from these alone….
They are also very high in fibre so are great for your digestive health.
I eat a variation of a Chia Pudding in the morning each day, just a small amount with some fruit and some nuts. First the Green Smoothie before I leave the house, then a sneaky Soy Latte when I get to work, then the Chia Pudding around 10am which keeps me going until around 1pm for lunch.
My standard Chia Seed Pudding is very basic. I don’t like it to be too thick so I add more liquid than some recipes.
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup black Chia Seeds
- a small squidge of Vanilla Bean Paste
To turn it into a delicious after dinner healthy snack, just add a couple of teaspoons of Cacao Power to the mix and some fresh raspberries to serve. Or add a swirl of Raspberry Coulis (sugarless is best) on top.
The Pina Colada Chia Pudding is a little bit speesh, but very rich so try a smaller portion of this one. Substitute one of the cups of Almond Milk for a cup of Coconut Milk, and serve with fresh pineapple and a sprinkle of coconut. Delish!