Chia seed pudding is a simple, but healthy alternative to some of the more sugary sweets we might be tempted to try.
Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, high in omega 3 fatty acids, rich in fiber, and they form a gel when soaked in water, which is great for making puddings or using as a replacement for eggs in recipes.
Chia seeds can be immersed in a liquid for as little as ten minutes when they start forming into a gel.
When chia seeds are soaked in liquid for at least an hour, they transform into a substance that is very similar to tapioca pudding.
Chia Seed Pudding – Simple Preparation
Growing up, tapioca pudding was one of my favorite desserts, but now I’ve replaced it with chia seed pudding, which is much more nutrient dense, unprocessed, and simple to make, taking only a few minutes to prepare.
At the heart of the matter, there is not much to chia pudding. All it takes to make the simplest of chia pudding is to mix one part chia seeds with two parts liquid (almond milk tastes the best for me), stir, and wait.
You just want to make sure all the chia seeds are coated with almond milk (they tend to float), as you don’t want clumps of chia seeds to form. Just stir for a minute or so and that should do the trick.
Other Chia Seed Pudding Recipes
- 1 Tbl. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- vanilla extract
- chopped medjool dates for sweetness
Another ultra simple chia seed pudding recipe is: chia seeds, mushed banana, cacao, almond milk.The chia seeds blended well with the creamy pureed banana and rich chocolate flavor, pureed banana and cacao powder is a combo that I just love to make.
Most of these recipes are going to be dependent on what your specific likes and dislikes are. I prefer almond milk for my pudding, but you might like coconut milk, hemp milk, or even regular milk. Just experiment, with chia seeds as your main ingredient and you will be fine.
Chia Seed Recipes – A Tiny Bit More Involved
I don’t know what you want to call this chia seed pudding recipe, but I make it using 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk,1 cup of coconut milk, 3 tbl. agave, 1 tbl. cinnamon (I love the combination of cocoa and cinnamon), 1 tbl. of cocoa, 1 tbl. vanilla and 1/4 cup chia seeds. This recipe tends to be a bit more liquidy, instead of thickening, so maybe you can try it as a shake.
- 1/2 cup chia seed gel*
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 teaspoons lucuma powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- Vanilla creme stevia, to taste
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
*5 tablespoons chia seed mixed with 2 cups water
Creamy orange chia seed pudding recipe
- 3 medium sized oranges (peeled with a sharp knife with all white exterior rind removed)
- 2/3 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tiny pinch sea salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1/3 cup chia seeds (Reserve! Do not add to blender)
1. Add all ingredients (except chia seeds) to your high-speed blender. Remember, use nice, fresh oranges that have most of the white external rind bits cut off.
2. Blend mixture until very creamy and smooth (do not add the chia seeds!).
3. Place untouched chia seeds in a mixing bowl. Pour orange mixture on top of chia seeds.
4. Stir mixture vigorously with a spoon. Ensure that the chia seeds are well distributed.
5. Chill this raw orange chia seed pudding recipe in the refrigerator for at least three hours, stirring once per hour if you can remember to do so (no biggie if you forget)! However, it is important to let this chia pudding recipe sit in the fridge for a few hours before consuming because the chia seeds will expand up to 10 times their original size, similar to tapioca seeds, and then it tastes that much better!
I hope you will go out and try a few of these chia seed pudding recipes, and let me know how much you like them.
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