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Chia seed pudding It could be the easiest healthy breakfast you can make. All you have to do is mix the chia seeds and milk together with any sweetener of your choice and in a couple of hours you will get the most delicious chia pudding.
You can use coconut milk, almond milk, or my favorite cashew milk for a delicious vegan and dairy-free option. Then cover it with your favorite berries!
I remember the first time I made chia seed pudding and I said, "Is that all? Do you just soak them? I couldn't believe that a healthy meal could be so easy and not require at least a handful of household appliances or kitchen appliances.
In fact, if you do this in a mason jar or Weck jar and shake it like you mean it, you won't even have to clean a mixing bowl. Brilliant, isn't it?
As expected, my first chia puddings were just the factory's basic variety: chia seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract – Soaked all night. And it's not like there's anything wrong with that. I still make it clear all the time.
But now I have realized that chia seed pudding can be an amazing and creative piece of art for breakfast. It is like a coloring book for adults. Except there are no lines and the flavor combinations are endless!
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Chia Pudding Recipe Video
It's really easy to make chia pudding. But if it's your first time, make sure Check out my quick video tutorial below!
Chia seeds health benefits
The benefits of chia seed are quite significant. They're packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, manganese, and healthy fats like Omega 3. This means they are ideal for digestion (and keep things moving), they are ideal for heart health, they help balance blood sugar and they are ideal for bone health.
These small little seeds contain a strong supply of nutrients and are good for your body and brain.
How to make chia pudding
Once you realize how easy it is to make chia seed pudding, you'll find yourself preparing it weekly. Here, we show you how to prepare your basic chia pudding in 3 simple steps:
- Step 1: Add 1/2 cup of walnut milk and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to a jar.
- Step 2: Add any optional sweeteners, such as maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Step 3: Let stand for a couple of hours or overnight, then stir again before serving.
In the video above you will see that I quadrupled this recipe to make a great batch for the week. Then, I layered the basic chia seed pudding recipe with strawberry puree.
How did I make the strawberry puree? I tossed two cups of strawberries into my food processor and blinked for 10 seconds. No other ingredients were added.
Lastly, I just topped the chia pudding with fresh fruit and sliced almonds. It is a breakfast that looks stunning (if I say so myself) and if you have guests, they will think that you tried hard when you hardly lifted a finger.
Chia pudding tips
- Look at the serving size. It's easy to go overboard on chia pudding and make it “worth Instagram” (I'm also guilty of these photos). But by doing so, you are likely to consume a much larger portion. Try sticking 1/2 cup milk to 2 tablespoons chia seeds.
- Adjust the proportions to suit you. Some people like a thicker chia seed pudding and others like a thinner version. Feel free to add more milk to make a slimmer version.
- Be creative with the ingredients. Add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom (chai spices), or cocoa powder (for chia chocolate pudding). Use seasonal fruit in both whole pieces and purees, and don't forget nuts and seeds.
- Food prepare chia pudding. If you follow me on Instagram stories, you will often see me prepare chia pudding to prepare meals. I will make the exact ratio in the recipe below, mix everything in individual 1/4 liter Weck jars, top with frozen berries, then freeze. It will last several weeks (if not longer) in the freezer. Then when I want a healthy breakfast, I'll defrost it in the fridge the night before. So easy!
More Chia Seed Recipes You'll Love
I am always creating new flavor combinations with chia seeds, but some of my favorites are:
How to make chia seed pudding: easy recipe!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Chia seed pudding couldn't be better for an easy and healthy breakfast. Use coconut milk or walnut milk for a delicious vegan dairy-free option. This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled, depending on the number of people. Watch the quick video above to see how easy it comes together!
- 1/2 cup almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk (or more for a finer texture)
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- fresh fruit, nuts and seeds
Add chia seeds and milk (along with optional sweeteners) to a bowl or jar and stir. Let stand for 10 minutes, then stir again once the seeds have started to gel.
Cover the bowl or jar and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Chia seeds can also be prepared overnight for breakfast the next morning.
Stir in chia pudding before serving and add your favorite fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices.
- If you notice that chia seeds don't start to gel and thicken after 15 minutes, you may have chia seeds. This can happen when they have been sitting in your pantry for a while. Just take a new bag of chia seeds.
Calories: 134kcal, Carbs: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 8g, Calcium: 301mg, Iron: 1.9mg
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