Recipe 51: Chia Seed Pudding

When you often go through blogs about healthy food like me, it is inevitable to run into at least one recipe containing chia seeds. Chia seeds are a 'super food', which means they are considered to be outstanding in nutritional value. Even though I am skeptical about some 'super foods', I do believe that chia is very good for you. It is rather low in calories, but it is full of fiber, protein, omega 3, and calcium. You can read more about the health benefits of chia seeds here.
When chia seeds are immersed in water, they get a jelly-like consistency, which is why it is also often used as an egg replacer. This also means it is perfect to make pudding with. Chia pudding is one of the most frequent chia seed dishes I have seen. I must warn you in advance that if you have never had anything with chia seeds before, you probably will not like this. You probably will detest the texture a lot. If you have, chia seed pudding is still not my favorite thing to have for breakfast and it does not look very appetizing, but it definitely tastes nicer than it looks, and I love the health benefits when I have a very long day of work ahead of me!
Ingredients
For the pudding:

  • Chia seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Milk or water, I used unsweetened soy milk - 1 cup
  • Sweetener - to taste (I used 2 tbsp of cane sugar, because I had nothing else on hand)
  • Vanilla extract or bean seeds - 1/2 tsp
For the toppings:
  • Berries - 1/2 cup
  • Sweetener - 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt, optional - 1 tbsp
I advise not to take a very deep glass or bowl, as the chia seeds but spread throughout the liquid unevenly. I used a cocktail glass, as you can see. I used a milkshake glass before, but the texture would always be too thick on top, and too wet in the middle.


Instructions
  1. The pudding needs to set in the fridge for at least 3 hours, so make sure it is made in advance. Overnight is even better. Mix all of the ingredients for the pudding together, and put into a glass or a bowl. 
  2. When the chia seed mixture has set to a pudding in the oven, it is ready to serve! I added some defrosted frozen berries and stirred in some cane sugar. I accompanied that with some Greek yogurt, to make the whole a bit creamier. If you are vegan, you can easily replace this with some vegan yogurt, or just leave it out.
I wonder what you guys think of this. Some people go crazy over it, and I would give it a 7.5 out of 10. I promise it tastes better than if looks when you are used to the taste.

Liefs,

Debs.




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