Sometimes you just get sick of drinking your breakfast and eggs take too long to cook.
So I love this simple easy pudding as a yummy breakfast alternative or just as a snack post workout or later in the evening.
I love chia seeds and use them all the time. Chia seeds are mini powerhouses packing more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries and more Omega-3 than Salmon.
Their texture can take a little getting used to, but they are so versatile and are a great protein-packed addition to many recipes because of their ability to thicken and gel.
Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.
This chia pudding could be put in reused baby food jars, small mason jars or ramekins.
Personally, I love this with some chopped nuts, fresh fruit or even chocolate shavings for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.
Packed full of plant based protein it is both yummy and nutritous for building lean muscle.
Here is my favourite recipe…
2 cups almond or coconut milk
½ cup Chia Seeds
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or Vanilla protein powder (I use Juice Plus)
¼ cup (or less) maple syrup (or sub any sweetener) or none if using the protein powder
Optional: ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- For Whole Chia Seed Version: Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits or chocolate). Whisk in chia seeds.
- Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to let gel. I prefer to make this at night to have ready for a fast breakfast the next day. It is also great to make in the morning for a delicious pre-made dessert at night.
Mix up the Flavor
I prefer basic vanilla chia seed pudding, but I’ve always been a vanilla ice cream person too. If vanilla isn’t your thing, here are some great flavor options you can try:
Chocolate: Add 1/4 cup raw cacoa powder or Chocolate protein powder to the blended version of this recipe
Strawberry: Add 1/2 cup fresh strawberries to the blended recipe or blend fresh strawberries into a juice and use as part of the liquid in the whole chia seed recipe
Chai: Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder and a pinch of cardamon and cloves for a chia flavor.
Pecan Pie: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon powder to the base recipe and an optional 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Mix 1/2 cup of chopped toasted pecans into the finished pudding.
Matcha: Add 1 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder to the mix for a bright green chia pudding naturally (great idea for St. Patrick’s Day!).
I would love to hear your comments below on your own versions of this yummy dish…