Choc Vanilla Chia Pudding
Chia seeds have been recorded as far back as the Aztecs and Mayans, 3500 BC. No wonder they are today tagged as a Health (super) Food – Chia seeds are:
- a high source of plant protein containing (4 grams per 2 Tbsps),
- the highest plant source of omega 3 fatty acids (just 1 tbs provides 100% of your daily requirements)
- contain more fibre (36%) than flax seed of nuts which acts as a great prebiotic (feeing your good gut bacteria for a healthier digestive system).
- high in iron, calcium (more than most dairy products), zinc (helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails) and antioxidants, and
- being gluten free are a great healthy food option for many people.
Chia seeds absorb liquid really well and are great for thickening sauces, substituting for eggs and for creating yummy puddings.
I just love Chia Pudding – I’m not a chocolate lover (gasp I hear!) but adore adding vanilla for either breakfast with berries and nuts or home made nutola or for dessert if I ever have the urge for sweets. Warning – Lauren and Connor ( 21 & 18 mind you) wouldn’t even try it as they said it looked like fish eggs, lol – you can’t win every time.
Basic Chia Pudding recipe:
- approx 1 part chia seeds to
- 4 parts liquid depending on how thick you like it, ie milk or nut milk of your preference (I personally love this with coconut milk)
- Mix together and leave in fridge for at least 3 hours, but it’s best to leave at room temp for about 15 minutes for a nice consistancy
You can add vanilla or cacao, cinnamon depending on your taste and even a sweetener like a few medjool dates, honey or stevia, but really I find it is just yummy without any sweetener
Brazil nut milk (selenium rich) Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- ½ cup Brazil nuts
- 2 cups water
- nut bag or several layers of cheesecloth (optional)
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup unsweetened cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
Blend Brazil nuts in water in a high-speed blender until you get smooth, creamy milk. If desired, strain it with a nut bag or several layers of cheesecloth.
Add Brazil nut milk and other ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. Let sit several minutes (or overnight) until desired thickness is reached.
Serve & Enjoy!
For a special dessert treat
Layer a dessert glass with:
- vanilla and cinnamon (or chocolate if you prefer) chia pudding made with coconut milk
- pinch stevia
- 1 cup Berries of choice
- 1 cup Pecans (or your favourite nut)
Top with Shaved coconut…. heaven without the calories, dairy, gluten or guilt!