Chia Seed Pudding
Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Fruit
Chia seed pudding has been a hot trend for a while now. Heck, it might even have gone out of style, but who cares. It’s good, simple and (can be) healthy. I really love tapioca pudding, and this chia seed pudding reminds me of it so much. It’s like being a kid again, but eating the healthy version of it! Chia seeds are considered a super food and are packed with amazing nutrients. Some include fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and other vitamins and minerals.
Sweet & Simple
When I was a student at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts one of my assignments was to create a 3-day detox plan. Even though this has a natural sweetener I still felt that it was healthy enough to put on the detox. This is a super simple version of chia seed pudding, but I love to get more creative. Adding something sweet or flavorful, like fruit, can change the flavor so much. Different spices would be great, too, like cinnamon and clove. Even adding cacao powder to make a healthy chocolate pudding would be a great idea.
Chia seed pudding can be gluten-free, dairy-free and even sugar-free if preferred. You can use any type of milk, too. I usually use almond or coconut milk. Fortunately, the gelling effect of the chia seeds makes pretty much any type of milk work. I haven’t messed with rice milk, so let me know whether it works or not! If you wanted a sugar-free chia seed pudding, you can simply omit the sweetener. I use a healthy natural sweetener like organic maple syrup or raw honey, but you can use anything you prefer.
What I like about this recipe is that it can be simple, yet mindful. Picking out the organic and healthy ingredients is always a mindful task which I love to complete. I already had chia seeds, vanilla extract and organic maple syrup in the pantry, and all I needed was almond milk and fresh berries. Summer months bring great seasonal berries, but use whatever is in season for you.
Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup Almond Milk or any milk
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup pure
- 1/4 Cup Strawberries sliced or chopped
- 1/4 Cup Blueberries fresh
- 1/4 Cup Blackberries fresh
- Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract
and sweetener together in a mason jar and mix well or shake well. Place in refrigerator and allow mixture to chill overnight, or for at least four hours.
- Add fresh berries or desired fruit on top and enjoy!