Am I really going to do a blog post on Chia Pudding? I used to be the one saying, ‘I would not, could not here or there, I do not like it anywhere!’ But I hadn’t actually tried it. Long time chia sprinkler on foods, but they needed to stay in the seed form. I imagined the slimy, soaked -overnight seeds to be an undesirable texture. Too thick and no taste ( I’m not a fan of the taste of almond milk, the liquid always called for in chia pudding. Could you use a different milk? I don’t know but every recipe says almond milk for some reason.)
This is the first recipe I tried – from the Zero Sugar Diet book by David Zinczenko.
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 small ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix almond milk and chia seeds and allow to sit in the fridge overnight to thicken. Serve topped with mashed banana and cinnamon.
Notes – If you use a lidded jar or container you can shake the milk and seeds. Mix it well, the chia seeds will sink to the bottom so if you can shake it a few more times before bedtime, it will thicken more evenly but if not, just stir well when you add the mashed bananas in the morning.
The next day I tried a recipe with oats. It is a different texture; more of an oatmeal with chia pudding in it. This is from the Zero Sugar Diet book also.
Strawberry Almond Overnight Oats
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp almonds
Mix the oats, chia seeds, almond mild, and vanilla.
Serve topped with strawberries and almonds.
Chia seeds are on the Superfoods list – basically the gold medal for food. Back in the day they were even used as currency! So let’s not take these little guys for granted even though they are now available at almost any store. Chia means strength and these seeds are packed so much energy boosting power that the Aztec warriors ate chia for strength and energy. One ounce of chia seeds has 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and plenty of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus along with other minerals.
Go crazy sprinkling them on cereal, vegetables, salads, rice, yogurt, peanut butter toast and eggs, for their nutty crunch, but don’t hesitate to try the pudding!
Have you already tried the pudding? How do you make yours? What do you do with your chia seeds.