Chia Seed Pudding
As someone who stands only 5 feet tall, I’ve been told my whole life that “good things come in small packages.” And I know it’s true! So when I first started learning about these little powerhouses called chia seeds, I knew they’d be an easy thing to start incorporating into my diet.
Tiny and black (though also brown or white), like poppy seeds, chia seeds are the seed of a cousin of the mint plant. And like all seeds they’re loaded with protein and Omega-3 fatty acids! Those Omega-3’s are the same kind found in olive oil and fish oil, and help the body eliminate toxins and cope with stress (hello!). BUT chia seeds have an extra cool super power that elevates them to “super food” status. These little guys GEL! Any food that gels, like aloe vera or okra, is extremely beneficial because all the junk in your digestive tract, STICKS to the gel and moseys its way right on out of your body!
How do they do it? Chia seeds can absorb a RIDICULOUS amount of liquid. which is also what makes them able to produce a “pudding” when combined with milk! Honestly, if pudding’s not your jam, you could use a natural fruit juice and make a “gelatin” instead. The concept works the same, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different liquids and flavors. But I’m giving you the most basic (vanilla, literally) one here. And as always, use what works for YOU! In my house we use almond milk, so that’s what I used, but if you’re an oat milk family, or good old fashioned cows milk, those work great too!
Check out the step by step video and then grab the recipe below!
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
4 Tbs. chia seeds, divided
1 C. almond milk, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
Optional: fresh fruit, granola, honey, shredded coconut, for serving
In 2 mason jars, divide chia seeds (2 Tbs each), milk (1/2 C. each) and vanilla (1/2 tsp. each). Stir to combine. Allow to sit on the counter for about 5 minutes. You should see some of the seeds beginning to gel already, and become suspended in the milk. Stir again, making sure no seeds have clumped together any where.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, ideally, overnight.
Serve topped with fresh fruit, granola, honey, shredded coconut or whatever else you like on top!