I am always looking for new and delicious healthy snacks. I came across chia pudding several months ago, tried a recipe here and there and never none never quite did it for me. I have always wanted to love or even really like chia pudding considering it is very versatile, easy to make, and best of all, healthy! It can be eaten for breaskfast, snacks or dessert. The nice thing about these are that you can use my recipes as a baseline for your own chia pudding creations.
Now if the picture isn’t enough to make you want to run to your kitchen right now and make some, maybe you need some nutritional information on how healthy chia seeds are for you:
In 1/4 cup of chia seeds, you will be getting about 160 calories, 20 grams of fiber, 10 grams of complete protein, a hefty dose of omega fatty acids, along with calcium, manganese and phosphorus. They keep you feeling full longer which is great for aiding in weight loss.
Now to the recipes. I will be honest, regular chia pudding has an interesting, to say the least, texture. If you are expecting Jell-O Instant pudding from the box, you will probably be a bit disappointed. Chia pudding does take getting use to, at least for me it did. I just had to try different recipes and eventually just make my own up and taste as I went. I have never had tapioca pudding, but hear people saying that the textures are similar. If you are like me and have no idea what tapioca pudding is like, chia pudding is like goopy, almost slimy little beads. I know, maybe not going to win you over with that description, BUT before I scare you off, rest easy knowing that it can be blended to a smooth consistency and you will still get the same benefits! Or just go for it and try it without blending and maybe you will love it. I have included a couple recipes, unblended and blended for your enjoyment!
Vanilla Chia Pudding
Serves 1-2 depending on hunger 😉
1/4 c chia seeds
3/4 -1 cup vanilla almond milk (or your preferred non dairy milk)**
a dash or two of cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup or sweetener of your choice, to taste**
Toppings of your choice: fresh cut up fruit, berries, nuts, hemp seeds, raisins, cacao nibs or chocolate shavings, coconut flakes…go crazy!
**Note: if you are not fond of the texture of regular chia pudding and plan on blending your pudding, try using a couple pitted medjool dates to sweeten your pudding! If you use unflavored milk, add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Use 3/4 cup milk if you want a super thick pudding or 1 cup for a bit of a thinner pudding.
1. Add all ingredients to mason jar or other container with a lid. Stir vigorously and put in fridge a minimum of 2 hours, overnight being ideal.
2. Pour into serving glass, top with fruit or other toppings of your choice and enjoy!
Smooth Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding
Serves 1-2 depending on hunger 😉
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (if using unflavored milk, add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
4-6 medjool dates (pitted), to taste**
1 tablespoon almond butter or substitute peanut butter -or- omit it all together if it ain’t your thing
1/2-1 tablespoon raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
pinch of sea salt
Toppings of choice: fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes etc.
**Note: This recipe is meant to be blended smooth. If you decide you don’t want it blended substitute dates for liquid sweetener of choice, probably about 1-2 tsp maple syrup, agave, sugar depending on how sweet you like it. Or a couple drops of stevia.
1. Add chia seeds and 3/4 cup milk to blender, let sit for a few minutes.
2. Add dates, nut butter, cacao powder, vanilla (if using) and salt. Blend on high until smooth. If it seems too thick or your blender is having a hard time, add a splash or two more of milk, you don’t want it watery though.
3. Pour into container and let it set if fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes. I like to give it about 30 min or more to get it fully thickened and cold.
4. Make Ahead or Overnight pudding- add all ingredients to a mason jar or other container with lid. Stir vigorously with a knife or spoon. Top with lid and set in fridge overnight. In the morning, pour entire contents into blender, pour into serving glass, add toppings and enjoy.
I hope you enjoy this these recipes! Feel free to tweak or change things to adjust to your taste. If you try them, please let me know what you think!
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