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Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding:

Delicious and healthy chia seed pudding packed with protein, Omega-3, antioxidants and fiber that you can make in under 5 minutes. Basic recipe below with variations. You can make a larger batch or individual servings. I have small 1 cup glass dishes with a top that I like to use to make single servings. I find if it sits too long, it isn’t as appetizing to me. I like to make it as I want to eat it or make it the night before for next day. I usually just eyeball the chia. The ratio is about 1:4

Ingredients

  • 1 cups milk of choice (I like to use Califia unsweet almond or Califia toasted coconut almond w/ a mix of a couple tablespoons or so of canned full fat organic coconut milk for richness)
  • ¼ cup Chia Seeds
  • Stevia to taste (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, cinnamon or other spice to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. For Blended/Smooth Version: Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
  2. For whole see version, just pour milk in container, stir in seeds and let sit for 15 minutes and enjoy.
  3. For Whole Chia Seed Version with spices or flavors: Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits or chocolate). Whisk in chia seeds.
  4. Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator to let gel. You can 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 or afternoon snack.

The beauty of this recipe is that there are dozens of ways to customize it. You can change the flavor, the texture, the sweetener, the color and practically any other part of the recipe and it is almost impossible to mess up. You can try these variations:

You can easily use stevia or leave the sweetener out entirely if you like the natural sweetness of coconut and chia. Try experimenting with Sweet Drops brand as they have many different flavor options.

You could also easily substitute dates or banana in the blended version of this recipe or honey in the whole chia seed version.

*If you are working with me, make sure you are using an approved sweetener!

 Mix up the Flavor (if approved on your program)

  • Chocolate: Add T cocoa powder to the blended version of this recipe and/or add chocolate flavored stevia
  • Strawberry: Add 1/2 cup fresh strawberries to the blended recipe.
  • Chai: Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder and a pinch of cardamon and cloves for a chai flavor.  You can try all spice, vanilla and other spices too!
  • Pecan Pie: Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon powder to the base recipe and an optional 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract. Mix 1/4 cup of chopped toasted pecans into the finished pudding.
  • Matcha: Add 1/2 tsp  Matcha Green Tea Powder to the mix for a bright green chia pudding naturally (great idea for St. Patrick’s Day!).

Up the Protein

You can add a little more protein to this recipe, especially if it is going to be a breakfast recipe. To do this, add 1-2 tablespoons of collagen powder. This adds more protein and skin/hair boosting-collagen without changing the taste at all.

How Long Can You Keep Chia Seed Pudding?

This recipe uses all natural ingredients and is not a processed food. It tastes best within two days after it is made.  I prefer to have it in the same day for best taste.

Chia Pudding basic recipe with Strawberries

chia pudding

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