Chia seed puddings are awesome – they are so quick and effortless. Not to mention, really delicious too. You can make them in a similar fashion as you do with over night oats, or make it the day of. We use chia seeds everyday, in salads, smoothies, granola bars etc. As we already know from past posts, chia seeds are small but mighty! They are incredibly high in omega 3, magnesium, calcium, iron, protein and are full of antioxidants. Chia seeds are gluten-free, vegan and are a natural source of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, B, E, and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iodine, copper, zinc, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon to name a few). Like I said, they may be small but they sure are mighty and will provide you with lots of energy!
When chia seeds are placed in a liquid, they create a gelatin like mixture. When this gel-forming action takes place, it is said to create a barrier in your stomach between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes that will help to break them down. This is also said to help break down the conversion of carbs to sugar. This is another reason why chia seeds will equip you with energy and for longer, as you won’t get that sugar crash due to the breakdown that is happening behind the scenes.
So now that you know that chia seeds can easily be turned into a gel (add any liquid, water, almond milk, coconut milk, etc) it makes sense to make pudding out of them! It’s seriously really delicious and though it is healthy, it is sweet and satisfying. Chia seed gel can also be used as a fat-substitute in recipes. Top with your favourite fruits and nuts, and you’re left with a deliciously sweet pudding that can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack.
So there you have it, try this, seriously. It’s really good.
1 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
4 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp organic blue agave syrup (or to taste)
dragon fruit, kiwi, strawberries, almonds
1. Add coconut milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract together into a mason jar or small bowl (whatever you prefer).
2. Stir mix well, so that chia seeds are well dispersed. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Stir mix every 15 or so minutes to avoid clumping of the chia seeds.
3. Stir in your agave syrup for sweetener.
4. Top with fresh fruit and nuts.