The Chia pudding recipe is a delightful and nutritious treat that has gained popularity in recent years. Made from chia seeds, a tiny powerhouse of nutrients, this creamy and indulgent dessert is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits.
Indulge your taste buds and nourish your body with the delectable goodness of Chia Pudding. This versatile and nutritious treat has taken the culinary world by storm, offering a delightful combination of creamy texture, enticing flavors, and a host of health benefits.
When soaked in liquid, chia seeds form a gel-like consistency, creating a pudding-like texture. The mild and versatile flavor of chia allows for endless variations and toppings, making it a customizable and satisfying option for breakfast or dessert. Whether you prefer it with almond milk, coconut milk, or even yogurt, chia pudding is a fantastic way to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants into your diet while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Recipe ingredients you will need
- Chia seeds: Black chia seeds tend to be cheaper than white chia seeds, but you can use either.
- Milk: You can use any type of milk including regular dairy milk or non-dairy milk including unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk, oat milk or hemp milk.
- Sweetener: For your chia pudding, use your favorite sweetener, including real maple syrup, honey, stevia, or monk fruit sweetener. I like to use maple syrup.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is optional but adds a nice flavor.
- Nuts: You can use almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter.
- Fruits: Fruits can be added directly to the chia pudding. In the recipe below, I use only mango here.
Toppings are a great way to add flavor and texture to chia pudding recipes. Feel free to play around with your favorite toppings, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- Fruits: Fresh fruit including berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries), sliced grapes, bananas, oranges, mangoes, and kiwis go well with chia pudding.
- Greek yogurt: A scoop of plain Greek yogurt provides extra protein.
- Coconut cream: Coconut cream is one of my favorite healthy dessert toppings. It’s rich and creamy and tastes delicious.
- Coconut: Shredded coconut or coconut flakes are a good source of fiber. Adds a great texture when combined with other toppings such as fresh fruit or chocolate chips.
- Chocolate chips: For a healthier option, choose 70% dark chocolate chips that are sweetened with stevia. For a sugar-free version, consider trying cocoa nibs.
- Nuts: Add any of your favorite nuts for extra crunch, including almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
- Seeds: Hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are great sprinkles on top.
- Protein powder: a great way to add extra protein.
The best containers to use
- Mason Jars: The easiest and cheapest way to store chia puddings.
- Parfait containers: If you are taking them to work or school, you may prefer to use plastic containers. These parfait containers are BPA-free and will keep the toppings separate from the chia pudding until you’re ready to eat. Thanks to this, they stay fresh longer.
- Weck jars: An upgrade from traditional mason jars, these glass jars are so beautiful and reusable for a variety of recipes.
Chia Pudding Recipe
- ½ cup dairy or nondairy milk
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Fresh fruits, nuts and seeds (for toppings)
- Add the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla to a bowl or glass and mix. Let sit for 10 minutes and stir again after the seeds begin to gel.
- Leave to cool for a few hours in the refrigerator, and then mix thoroughly to loosen any lumps. Continue to refrigerate for 10 to 12 hours to set the pudding.
- Serve with fruit, nuts, coconut flakes and maple syrup to taste.