I have been hearing quite a bit about Chia Breakfast Puddings for quite some time now and how great that they were. My previous experience with chia seeds has been limited to sprinkling on top of other dishes, or adding to smoothies.
When I discovered a packet of chia seeds in my pantry yesterday, I knew it was time to try a pudding out. I decided to try a vanilla flavoured one first and was pretty impressed with how it turned out, and will definitely be adding it to my regular breakfast rotation. My 2 year old son also loved it and was fighting me for each mouthful; I will have to make another version that is nut-free, so that I can test it on my (somewhat fussier) daughter!
The great thing about this meal is that it is so easy to prepare. Really, really easy. You make it up the night before and put it in the refrigerator to set, and it is then waiting for you when you wake up. I will be experimenting with lots of different flavours in the future, so watch this space for more chia breakfast pudding recipes. But in the meantime, why not try my Banana and Coconut Pancakes and Quinoa Breakfast with Blueberries, Coconut and Walnuts.
For those who are not familiar with chia seeds, here are five important facts about them:
- They are made up of dietary fibre, protein and fat plus a tonne of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous.
- They can absorb a lot of water which helps you to feel fuller for longer.
- They come in black or white (the difference is largely cosmetic).
- They are generally not cheap, so if you are on a tight budget then they may not be for you.
- They are sold at most major supermarkets, health food shops and online.
Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk (any other milk would work too)
- 1 tablespoon raw or organic honey (or organic maple syrup)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Handful fresh raspberries (or experiment with your own toppings)
- Place the chia seeds in a small bowl.
- Add the almond milk, honey and vanilla essence and stir to combine.
- Place in the refrigerator and let it set overnight.
- Remove from the refrigerator, check that the chia seeds have gelled and add your topping.
- Serve and enjoy.
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