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How to Make One Step Healthy Chia Pudding. Chia Seeds are all the rage, daahhling, these days. Little wonder, they are quite the little powerhouse and versatile too. Great sprinkled on salads, they have a similar texture to poppy seeds with a delightful nutty flavour. Read on to learn how to make my one step healthy chia pudding.
But mixing them with a liquid is when you really get to see what the Chia Seed can do. You see, the Chia Seed, when wet, is inclined to become mucilaginous. That’s not a very nice word is it? But to vegans who need replacement thickeners or egg substitutes, this is a very handy property indeed.
The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
What of the health benefits? Chia (or Salvia Hispanica, so named because of the region it grows in) means “oily” in Nahuatl, but this is really an understatement. Chia Seeds are high in Omega 3 and 6, which is fantastic for vegans as we no longer eat fish, and Omega 6 is great for a healthy heart.
Studies are currently being conducted using Chia as a way of controlling blood sugar, they are high in fibre and full of minerals that may be missing in a vegan’s daily diet.
How to Serve Chia Seeds
So, that should be reason enough to think about adding Chia to your daily diet but how do you eat them? I stir them into my morning oatmeal, or blend them into a smoothie. I’ve also sprinkled them on avocado toast. My favourite way to eat them though is to make a Chia Pudding. There are so many ways to serve it, but we think it’s best with some coconut milk, desiccated coconut and a dash of Maple Syrup and then top it with your favourite smoothie.
Oh, and it’s a breeze to make; you just require an element of patience. It needs to thicken overnight in the fridge. Note: just for fun I added a little food colouring to make them look cool! This is optional and adds no nutritional content, but does feed the eyes!
- ½ cup Coconut Milk not from a can
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Maple or Agave Syrup to taste you can omit the sweetener altogether
- Pinch Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
- In a small jar or vessel of your choice, whisk together all the ingredients for the Chia Pudding and refrigerate.
- If you use a jar with a lid, you can give the jar a good shake every so often. If not, just give it a vigorous whisk every so often.
- This helps the seeds to release their unique texture.
- Leave overnight or several hours.
- When ready to serve, top with granola, chopped fruit, yogurt, dessicated coconut, seeds: the options are limitless!
Want More Chia Pudding or Breakfast Ideas?
And if you want more Chia recipes, Andianne over at andianne.com has 6 more amazing ideas for you!
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