Chia seeds are one of my favorite superfoods.
They have the ability to expand 3 times their size in liquid which keeps you full for longer, they're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants.
I'll usually add two tablespoons to smoothies or yogurt, but my favorite way to eat these is by making pudding.
I know, sounds weird to make pudding out of seeds, but it's legit. My mom was pretty skeptical about how this would taste, but she's now a fan.
When the chia seeds soak in milk overnight, the result is a smooth and creamy pudding.
This is what I have for breakfast almost everyday. I like it because it's light on the stomach, but also filling.
You can make ANY flavor pudding you like, my favorites are chai spiced, Mexican hot chocolate and coconut-- look at Pinterest for tons of different chia seed pudding flavor combinations.
This recipe is essentially a blank canvas for you to add whatever flavors you like. I typically use raw sugar or honey as sweetener and unsweetened vanilla almond milk or hemp milk.
As long as you use the basic 3 to 1 ratio, which is 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup liquid, the flavor possibilities are endless.
Chai Spiced Chia Seed Pudding (2-3 servings):
6 Tbs Chia Seeds
(I get mine at Sprout's in the bulk food section)
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or hemp milk (use what milk you like)
1 small piece (about 1/2 inch) fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1-2 tbs honey (substitute with maple syrup/agave if vegan)
Fresh fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, granola or whatever you like for the topping
In a measuring cup, combine 2 cups almond milk, grated ginger, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper and whisk together.
Next, add 6 tablespoons chia seeds and honey to the measuring cup and whisk until fully combined.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best results.
Serve alone or top with fruit, nuts, etc. Pictured is my pudding topped with sliced bananas and toasted coconut flakes.
Yes, it's that easy!
Enjoy! - VK