This recipe is so easy, delicious, and healthy. You’ll be amazed at the little time you will invest in this recipe and how versatile it is. Chia seed pudding is a dessert you can really improvise with! On top of that, chia seeds are little powerhouses of nutrients, containing protein, carbs, fiber, omega-3, and omega-6. These tiny but mighty seeds were used by the Mayans and the Aztecs, and the name Chia is Mayan, meaning strength.
Chia Seeds Have Been Around for a Long Time
If you would like to go straight to the recipe, please skip this small paragraph and scroll down, and if you – like me – love a little history, then stick around 🙂
Aztec warriors ingested chia seeds, because they would make them feel sated, especially during long journeys or on war campaigns when food was not always immediately available. Judging from what I learned about Aztec warriors, these were not guys you should mess around with … So, I guess they knew what they were doing when they ate chia seeds.
So, let’s take a look at this recipe, chia seed pudding. The wonderful thing about this is that you don’t need many ingredients and it isn’t time-consuming at all, unless you count the time it needs to harden in the refrigerator. Prep time, however, is minimal.
This recipe is gluten free and vegan, and it can be used as a delicious snack, breakfast, or dessert.
- 1.5 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1 tiny pinch sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-5 tablespoons maple syrup or agave honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
- Optional: in case you are not using cocoa, you can replace it with chopped strawberries, blueberries, or any other fruits you like.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix cocoa powder, pinch salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon powder, and dairy-free milk. Add milk gradually while mixing it in.
- Add chia seeds and whisk to combine.
- (Optional, stir in chopped fruit pieces)
- Store in refrigerator for 3 to 5 hours, so that it can achieve a pudding-like consistency. You can also leave it refrigerated overnight. This last step is the only time-consuming step, so if you want to have chia seed pudding, you need to make this ahead of time.
- Serve cold with preferred toppings such as chopped fruit, granola, hemp seeds (they provide a nutty flavor), or coconut whipped cream.
See, the beauty of this recipe is that you can really add your own personal touch. You could put in strawberries, peaches, pineapple, coconut shavings, even dark chocolate crumbles, anything you like, to make your very own pudding creation. You can store this (covered) in the fridge for up to five days. It is easy to make and a delicious and healthy snack or dessert you can offer guests or just keep for yourself during the week. I love eating chia seed pudding for breakfast.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.
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