What is chia pudding? Is it a dessert? A post-workout snack? A breakfast? It’s all of those things. And that’s why I love it so much.
Chia pudding is such a versatile and nutrient-packed dish that can be all that you want it to be. Chia seeds are nutrient dense (more nutrition per calorie) and therefore offers many health benefits. A few distinguishing features of these tiny seeds include its ability to hold 12x their weight in water (great for hydration) and its mucilaginous fiber. When soaked in liquid, a gelatinous texture develops from the fiber which is supportive for gut health and blood sugar regulation.
Chia Pudding is perfect for summer
I especially love chia pudding in the summer when I find that my appetite isn’t as strong, especially in the morning. Chia pudding goes down easy and can be conveniently bulk prepped ahead of time. It’s also a great way to prolong hydration on a hot summer day. Stay tuned for a chia fresca recipe soon! But I get ahead of myself.
Notes on the recipe
I find that the key is to find the right ratio of chia seeds to liquid for the consistency that you like. I do like more of pudding (like a tapioca pudding) texture and find that the 1 part chia to 3 part liquid ratio works nicely for me. Feel free to try this ratio and figure out the right consistency for you and the type of liquid you are using.
To turn this into a dessert, stir in some cocoa or cacao powder (1-2 tablespoons) and use your favorite natural sweetener to taste.
Fancy it up with some toppings like toasted coconut flakes, frozen berries, fresh seasonal fruit, chopped roasted nuts or dried fruit.
Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1.5 cups plant mylk (e.g. almond )
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl
place bowl in the refrigerator to let the mixture thicken (at least 20 minutes) or leave it overnight for the next day
once thickened serve immediately or store in a mason jar
add optional toppings (e.g. berries, nuts, coconut chips)
Note: I find that using a whisk really helps to mix up all the seeds uniformly.