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