Chia Seed Pudding: 5 Ways
Hello and happy Friday (Saturday for all my Aussies)
I took last week off from posting because, if you haven’t been reading the news or watching TV or refreshing social media, there is a worldwide pandemic that hit us kinda hard. I wasn’t able to find anything and I was pushed out of a job, so I needed a second to re-prioritize and also work on my mental health and self-care.
While I was not posting, I was working on these 5 chia seed recipes!
Chia seeds have so many great benefits: strong in antioxidants, loads of potassium, heaps of fiber, and heavy in omega-3 fatty acids…yanno all the good things! You can eat them for breakfast, have them for a snack, or add to your favorite smoothie or juice for some awesome added benefits. Also, they are easy to buy in bulk or by bag and…they were not sold out during the first few weeks of pandemic panic.
Disclosure: for my recipes, I use coconut yogurt and oat milk – so they are vegan! I also only use 1 tbsp. because I pair with fruit and a protein shake; add an additional tbsp. if you are eating as a solo meal. Also, if you are digesting lots of chia seeds – drink lots of water. They are saturated with digestive benefits, but without water, will do the exact opposite (trust me, I am writing from experience)
The Base for this recipe is so simple:
Then for each of the following, you just adjust based on the ingredients!
- Chocolate Protein Pudding
- 2 tsp. Chocolate Protein (of choice)
- Handful of Raspberries
- 1 tbsp. Nutella
2. Chai Chia Pudding
- 2 tsp. Chai Powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- Sprinkle of Coffee Powder (to flavor)
3. Matcha Berry Pudding
- 2 tsp. Matcha Berry Powder (linked)
- 2/3 c. Berries
- 1 tsp. Honey (to flavor)
4. Banana PB Pudding
- 1/2 Banana
- 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter
- 2 tsp. Honey (to flavor)
5. Vanilla Kiwi Pudding
- 1 whole Kiwi
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 tsp. Honey (to flavor)
As you can tell by each recipe, I added honey or vanilla to sweeten the chia seed pudding. It is not sweet at all and tastes kind of…earthy (?) for lack of a better description…okay it tastes like dirt if you don’t add some sort of flavor. Also, it is really important that you are adding the right amount of yogurt and milk because dry chia and unactivated chia seeds are just not good.
Make sure you mix well and let sit for AT LEAST 4/5 hours or overnight to be safe. Finished/Activated chia seeds should be puffy and expanded. It is best to not consume immediately after preparing.
At this point, I have nothing prepared for next week LOL. Being out of work and limited on food means I am going to have to be real creative in order to think of something! Maybe a day-in-the-life post, or an average-eats-in-a-day post…not sure…but I’ll see ya then!