Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Not only are they high in antioxidants and calcium, they also are plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein. They are perfect to sprinkle over salads, to enjoy on your breakfast and to make into chia puddings.
What is Chia Pudding?
A chia pudding is a great way to get all the benefits of chia seeds, in a simple and quick recipe. Chia seeds absorb moisture effectively, creating a thick gel when they do. This, along with their impressive nutrient profile, makes them the perfect candidate to include in puddings that can be consumed at any stage of the day – breakfast, as a snack, for dessert.
So they can be made quickly and easily, stored and carted around in reusable jars. Handy, practical and recyclable, could they possibly tick any more boxes?
Yes, they can. Fortunately, they are totally delicious! Without further ado, we’ve got our favourite chia pudding recipe for you, with 5 extra variations that will help you make chia puddings to satisfy any tastebud.
Chia turmeric chia pudding
- 2 cups milk of choice (almond and coconut milk work beautifully)
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbs honey, rice malt syrup or blackstrap molasses
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Toppings to serve: yoghurt, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, banana slices or berries
- Add the milk to a bowl and pour chia seeds. Stir well using a whisk.
- Add the honey or syrup, spices and stir well.
- Pour mix into a jar or glass container, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to let gel.
- Once gelled, scoop half into a bowl and add your favourite toppings.
Five pudding variations
Variation #1 - Choc-mint Surprise: Add 2-3 tsp cacao powder and 1 tsp vanilla to your chia base. Top with cacao nibs and peppermint leaves for a dessert-worthy creation.
Variation #2 – Berry Delight: Try blending fresh berries into a smoothie and use as part of the liquid in the pudding recipe.
Variation #3 – Tropical Twist: Top pudding with any of your summer fruits – mango, peach, nectarine, pineapple – for a tropical twist. Alternate layers of fruits and pudding to serve.
Variation #4 – Pumpkin Pie: Prepare some baked pumpkin puree to replace nut milk, add water to thin if needed. Top with toasted nuts and seeds.
Variation #5 – Japanese Matcha: Add 1 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder to the mix for a naturally bright green chia pudding. Perfect topped with berries for a Christmas themed snack!