CHIA puddings!

To be honest, the idea of a pudding has always been all but appealing to me. For some reason, the first association to pudding that pops into my mind is some yucky artificially colured jelly that has been sitting on the supermarket or coffee store shelf for a way too long time to have ever contained anything close to only natural ingredients in it. There is something about that consistency I think…With this picture in my mind, if someone asked me whether I liked puddings or not, the answer would no doubt be negative.

However, as in most cases, also here with puddings, some exceptions apply. And this is when we come to chia “puddings”. I would prefer to actually call these nutrient-packed snacks something else than puddings in order to avoid that awful association described above. But, because the name chia pudding supposedly is already familiar to most of you, let’s just continue with it this time. So, what is a chia pudding really? Simply, it is just chia seeds mixed with your choice of liquid, spices and  potentially other ingredients like berries or fruit. Chia seeds, when mixed with liquid, form a “jelly”, thus turning the mixture into a “pudding” after an amount of time.

Chia puddings are one of my absolute favourite afternoon snacks. They are super easy, tasty, quick and nourishing. Just to give you an idea of the nutritional content of chia seeds – these tiny titans contain significant amounts of a.o. fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, antioxidants and omegas. They also boost your metabolism and keep your energy levels balanced thanks to their combination of protein, vitamins and minerals (no sugar rushes but  an ability to keep you full for a longer time instead).* So in case you are not incorporating chia seeds into your daily diet yet, I suggest you started immediately – for example with chia puddings. There are just a couple of easy tips that need to be remembered when making chia puddings:

  • The chia/liquid ratio is 1tbsp seeds to 50ml liquid. By modifying the amounts within the same ratio you can make as big or small chia pudding you like.
  • Let the seeds absorb the liquid for a long enough time – half an hour is enough.
  • Chia seeds don’t have a taste themselves so select your favourite spice(s) to add; cinnamon, vanilla, berry powders…

Having understood these tips you can really make any kind of chia pudding. Even better, If you are busy and used to do meal planning in order to save time during the day, you can prepare your chia puddings in advance. They keep good in the fridge up to a couple of days depending on what ingredients you use.

*In order to profit of all the health benefits, please note that similarly to flaxseeds, chia seeds must be broken (chewed) so our body can fully absorb all the nutrients. Should you decide to spend time on chewing your chia or not, I promise the taste will be delicious anyhow.

Here are some of my favourite chia pudding combinations for your inspiration – I most often use (unflavoured) oat milk as the liquid in my puddings but you could substitute for your favourite plant milk if you wish.

What you will need:

Chocolate chia pudding

2tbsp chia seeds

1dl oat milk

1tsp cacao

1tsp carob

Pinch of cinnamon and vanilla each

Vanilla chia pudding

2tbsp chia seeds


1dl oat milk


1/2tsp vanilla powder

Açaí-cinnamon chia pudding

2tbsp chia seeds


1dl oat milk


1tsp açaí berry powder


1/2tsp cinnamon

 

Blueberry-cardamom chia pudding

2tbsp chia seeds


1dl oat milk


1tsp blueberry powder (In case you wonder where to find blueberry powder – I use Arctic Power Berries)


1/2tsp cardamom

How to do it?

  • Simply mix the ingredients together in a jar – stir well – wait for a while and then stir once more.
  • Pop the jar (covered) in the fridge and let it stay there for at least 30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Take your jar from the fridge, and again, stir, then serve with your choice of toppings: berries, fruit, coconut, cacao nibs, yogurt, apple sauce… Enjoy!

xx a

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