If you haven’t come across chia puddings in your local café yet, chances are you’ll cross paths before too long. Chia seeds have been popping up everywhere since we all started to cotton on to the healthy benefits these tiny seeds contain, and luckily using them to create a nutritious and tasty pudding treat is really fast and easy.
You see, as well as being a great source of calcium, magnesium, Omega 3s and fibre, chia seeds have little fibres on their outer layer which trap liquid and form a kind of gel, so when you pop the seeds in water (or milk of your choice, such as coconut or almond milk) they soak it up and gain a soft, pudding-like texture.
Chia seeds will take on the flavour of whatever liquid you’ve put them with too, so you could use this recipe as a base to create a bunch of different flavoured puddings using cacao, matcha tea, berries, cinnamon and so on. And for a gorgeous brunch dish, layer your pudding with this homemade golden granola and berries (see how below).
Chia seeds are a great way to unleash your creativity in the kitchen and bring on that good gut feeling!
What’s great about a Chia pudding pot is that it is super-easy to make and can be put together in literally a couple of minutes. Run out of granola? No problem. Simply pop a generous amount of chia pudding in a jar, top with some toasted nuts, seeds or buckwheat for a bit of crunch, and complete with some berries that will sit there ready to sweeten and nourish this delicious, creamy breakfast treat. SO easy to grab-and-go to work or to enjoy straight after a workout!
When it comes to simple, nourishing and guilt-free sweet treats it doesn’t get much easier than these pudding pots – you simply combine the ingredients and wait for the magic to happen. Let me know how your chia pudding pots go, I’d love to hear what you think!
Simple Chia Pudding
400ml almond milk
½ cup (80g) chia seeds
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
- Place milk,chia seeds, rice malt syrup and vanilla into a large glass jar, screw on lid and shake, shake, ‘shake it off’ until well-combined
- Pop jar in fridge for at least 2 hours, with best planning overnight
Granola and Chia Pudding Pots
You can layer this simple chia pudding with this granola recipe to make a delicious brunch treat.
- Using 4 domed glasses or mason jars, spoon a layer of the pudding, followed by a layer of granola (or muesli of your choice), and repeat
- Include fresh berries, coconut flakes or extra nuts and seeds in between layers and also on top if desired. Be creative!
- Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 3 days ready for a grab-and-run breakfast