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Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding

Posted Jun 19 2012 12:32pm

If you told me I’d be eating the same seeds that made Chia Pets , I’d have thought that the world had ended.

Not Appetizing

Nutritionally, Chia Seeds are incredible.  They are full of antioxidants, omega 3′s, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, protein, and calcium.  I had heard that you can make a “pudding” out of Chia Seeds and liquid so I thought I would give it a try.

The result?  It’s kind of amazing.  All you do is soak 1 part Chia Seeds to roughly 2.5 parts liquid (water, almond milk, rice milk, etc) and this:


Becomes this:


You have pudding!  You can flavor it any way you like.  This pudding is light yet filling and makes for an amazing pre-workout snack, breakfast, light dinner, or even dessert.  The texture reminds me of a combination of  tapioca in bubble tea and sushi roe.  The taste is neutral so you can add whatever you like to flavor it.  I guess Chia Seeds are not just for gag gifts anymore.  Reminds me of these:

soak small tablets in water and you get a surprise. Sounds familiar


Anyway, here is the recipe.

1/4 cup Chia Seeds
2/3 cup water/rice milk / almond milk (I like unsweetened vanilla rice milk)

Some Optional Additions 1 dash cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 banana sliced
1/4 cup of sliced strawberries
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup frozen berries

Combine chia seeds and liquid in a bowl and stir vigorously.  Put the bowl in in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.  Then, top with fruit (I used strawberries and bananas) and serve.  For a more gelatin like pudding, stir every 10 minutes for at least an hour and refrigerate in between.

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