Chia seeds pudding or chia pudding is one of those superfoods that you just need to try when on a healthy diet. It is yummy, healthy, paleo, keto, rich in plant-based proteins and natural oils. Everything your body needs.
But even if you are not on any special diet, chia pudding can be a healthy choice for your next breakfast or a nice and stylish dessert.
What Is Chia Pudding?
Chia seeds pudding is a jelly-like food made of the seeds of Salvia hispanica (i.e. chia seeds).
It is not a real pudding, no additives are needed to get this consistency. Chia seeds have enormous liquid absorption capacity, thus they create this jelly-like texture which looks and feels like pudding. You need to prepare your chia pudding in advance, and let the seeds soak up the liquids overnight to get the best consistency.
Chia pudding can be eaten as a breakfast or dessert. Serve it with your favorite choice of fresh berries or chopped nuts to kick it up a notch and make it even more hearty!
Why Is Chia Pudding Healthy?
Chia pudding is a superhealthy food. Chia seeds in fact are sometimes called superfood. This meal is keto, paleo, vegan and vegetarian, so you can safely eat it if you follow either one of these health-conscious diets (you might want to substitute stevia for honey).
Here are some of its health benefits:
- High in fiber
- High in protein
- Contains healthy fats
- High in calcium and potassium
See detailed nutrition details below recipe.
Chia Pudding Tips
Instead of almond milk, feel free to use any kind of alternative plant-based milk, like coconut milk, rice milk. Coconut milk is a good alternative if you’re on keto or paleo, I would avoid rice milk though.
The ratio is very simple. Use 4 parts of liquid for 1 part of chia seeds. Add your favorite sweetener. Top it with fresh berries or nuts to make it more yummy and nutritious.
Reading most online recipes you can have the feeling that you must prepare and serve chia pudding in mason jars. While this might be a nice way for presentation, you don’t actually need to follow this rule. In fact while it sounds stylish, it can be quite frustrating when you try to make more than one serving in separate jars. Prepare your pudding instead in any type of big bowl you would use for a cookie batter.
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk or any plant-based milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- Fresh berries and/or chopped nuts optional
- Put chia seeds in a mixing bowl. Add almond milk and honey and stir the mixture thoroughly.
- Let it soak for 5 minutes and stir again. Wait another 5 minutes and stir, and yet another 5 minutes and stir again. (Total 3 times.)
- Cover and let it soak all the liquids overnight (or at least for 4 hours) in the fridge.
- Serve you chia pudding in small bowls with fresh berries (blackberries and blackcurrants on the picture) and/or nuts (e.g. chopped almonds, peanuts, walnuts).