Chia pudding is one of my staples. It is great on its own or used to liven up smoothies, breakfasts and desserts. Try topping with fruit and yoghurt for a quick snack or meal or use to make decadent layered smoothies to impress your friends. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, dietary fibre, healthy fats and protein so you will be doing your body a favour whenever you consume them. If you have not tried chia seeds before its about time you did!
The recipe below is what I use as my chia pudding base. It takes less than 5min to prepare and makes 1 cup. Once the mixture has reached a jelly-like consistency and you can see the seeds have formed a gelatinous layer around them it is ready to enjoy.
- 250ml milk (I generally use almond or coconut milk)
- 3tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla powder (or 1/2tsp vanilla extract)
- 1-2 tsp honey or rice malt syrup if needed (make it without the sweetener first and add only if needed; if your adding fruit later, remember this will add extra sweetness).
- Mix everything together in a bowl or jug
- Place in the fridge until set (about 2-3 hours). If you can, try giving a stir every half an hour so the chia seeds don’t clump).
- Ready to go!