CH...CH...CH...CHIA!

If you haven’t already hopped on the Chia Seed Bandwagon then now is the time!! With Spring in the air, and Summer on the way (with all your favourite berries soon becoming available) there is no better time to whip up some delicious Chia Seed puddings. Chia Seed puddings are not only great eaten as a dessert, they can be made the night before, for a quick and easy, nutritious breakfast as well. Yes, you can now eat pudding for breakfast!!

Chia Seeds may be tiny in size but don’t let that fool you….they are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, and are now recognised as a trendy modern day superfood. Chia Seeds are loaded with fibre, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, are packed with antioxidants, and high in several nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium…..and they deliver this massive amount of goodness with very few calories. Chia Seeds contain twice the potassium content of bananas, 3 times more iron than spinach, 5 times more calcium than milk, 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli. To top this off, chia seeds are a “whole grain” food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and are naturally free of gluten.  

If you now feel the urge to run out and grab a pack of Chia Seeds, just make yourself a cuppa and head on over to www.pamperbynature.com.au and order some online. While you are waiting for these to conveniently be delivered in the mail, you can continue to look up some of the amazing ways to incorporate these little beauties into your diet.  

Power Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds

These delicious Chia Seed Puddings are really very simple to make. It takes about 5 minutes to whip them up before going to bed, and you will have a delicious breakfast awaiting you in the morning.  

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of liquid (either almond milk, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water or juice)

½ cup chia seeds (you can add more or less depending on the liquid you use)

2 tbsp maple syrup (you can use honey if you desire)

1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl and whisk them up until the mixture begins to thicken. (You can use the blender but I find it just as easy to use 1 bowl and the whisk, less washing up is always a bonus) Chill them for around 1/2 hour, and then give them another mix. Cover them up and then chill them for at least 4 hours or overnight is even better. As Chia Seeds have a tapioca-like texture, they gelatinize and turn into a pudding. It really is that simple!!

Stir well before serving and add a bit of water or almond milk if the pudding is too thick.

Serve them cold with whatever takes your fancy. Sliced fruit, berries, homemade granola, toasted nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut, ginger, cinnamon….really the list is endless!

Top with your favourite fresh berries for a berry yummy Chia Seed Pudding.

 

Chia Seed Pudding with berries

 

Add cacao powder for a healthy delicious chocolate pudding and move over chocolate mousse. The Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is in the house!! You can even add some whipped cream for a more decadent treat.

Add pineapple and toasted coconut for a tropical Pina Colada Chia Seed Pudding.

Add 1 mashed banana to the mix when whisking and then a little whipped cream on top for a Banana Cream Pie Chia Seed Pudding.

Add 1tsp cinnamon powder, a pinch of cardamom and cloves for a chai flavour.

Add 1tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder for a bright green Chia Seed Pudding.

Once you get the chia seed to liquid ratio correct the flavour possibilities are endless.

You can also make these puddings in a jar, shake them up, pop the lid on, leave them in the fridge overnight and in the morning just grab them on the way out the door. They make a simple, healthy mid morning snack, packed with goodness.

You can double the recipe if you like, as it will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. This will give you breakfast for a few days without any extra effort. Simple add a different topping each day for some variation.

 

Chia Seed Pudding with mango

I hope you enjoy experimenting as I have with these delicious, healthy, quick-to-go puddings. I would love for you to share some of your own Chia Seed Pudding recipes with me as well. I am always looking for new variations to this amazing pudding. 

October 03, 2016 by Pam Northey

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