Chia pudding

Chia Pudding

Since I discovered chia seeds a few year ago, I eat them everyday ! I can not do without. My body is literally craving them ! I do eat them every morning for breakfast and when I am traveling I really miss them if I don't take them with me in my luggage !
Chia seeds are considered a superfood and are grown in Mexico and South America. They were the main component of the Aztec and Mayan diet and the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. Chia seeds come from a species of a flowering plant from the mint family. 
These little seeds have plenty of benefits. They are a high fiber food rich in proteins and antioxidants, also rich in B Vitamins and Minerals ( calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc). But most of all it's a high source of omega 3 essential fatty acids.
When you add a liquid to the chia seeds and let them sit for 10 minutes, they form into a gel. Let's try my breakfast chia pudding recipe below, perfect for a snack in between as well.
 

For 1 Portion 

Ingredients:
Chocolate version 
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, agave or brown sugar
  • 12 (120ml) tablespoons plant based milk ( soy, almond, oat… or a mix)
Vanilla version 
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder or a little bit of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, agave or brown sugar
  • 12 (120ml) tablespoons plant based milk ( soy, almond, oat… or a mix)
Preparation:
  1. In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds, cocoa powder or vanilla and the sugar. 
  2. Add in the milk and whisk until you obtain a homogeneous mixture. 
  3. Let sit for about 10 minutes. The chia seeds mixture is going to thicken and become a bit gelatinous.
  4. Top with fresh fruits, dried fruits like goji berries, apricots, cranberries, chopped nuts or seeds. 
Note: The more milk you add to the chia seeds, the more liquid your pudding is going to get. Some people prefer it more liquid ( like me) others do prefer it on the thicker and more gelatinous side. So depending on your taste, just play with the amount of milk you add. I love the combination oranges with dried raisins and chopped almonds or apples with goji berries and chopped brazil nuts. I also always add a sprinkle of shredded flaxseeds on top.