Chia puddings are my favorite treat to make on my Sunday batch cooking food times because they’re so quick, easy, and versatile. I’m calling today’s “formula” Go-To Chia Pudding because it’s more of a guideline to go to when making your own chia pudding. There are so many ways to whip up a really delicious snack for the week, plus chia pudding will give you an energy boost with plant based protein and fiber. Keep reading for ideas on delicious chia pudding combos!
First let’s start with the incredible chia seed. What’s really cool about chia seeds (other than their fantastic nutrition profile) is their capability to totally transform in proportions and quantity. These children are extremely hydrophilic (aka they love drinking water!) and can absorb any form of water they’re surrounded by up to 10 times their weight. This capability of chia seeds makes them a perfect addition to the diet of anyone who’s looking to add more fiber into their diet or add a filling component to a meal.
Chia seeds are able to swell up with water or other liquid to create a “gel” that is similar to pudding regularity. Chia seeds contain soluble fiber that 1) promotes overall gut health, 2) feeds your gut flora, 3) ferments in your intestines to form short chain fatty acids, and 4) stabilizes bloodstream glucose. Imagine chia seed products are like the gentle bristles of the broom or clean that are “cleaning” your intestines, which is very important to digestive health (and keeping things moving). Fundamentally chia seed products are a significant advantage to your gut health insurance and and excellent way of upping your fibers intake. Plus chia puddings are extremely easy to make, keep well in the refrigerator, and are very flexible and fun to test out flavor-wise!
The recipes don’t stop there, though, just because a simple blueprint to make delish chia puddings plus some combinations to try are below!
(coconut, almond milk, cashew milk, pumpkin seed milk, etc.)
(maple syrup, honey, date syrup, coconut sugar, etc.)
your favorite add-ins
(fresh or frozen berries, kiwi, mango, almond butter, cocoa powder, plant-based protein powder, etc)
(coconut flakes, sliced almonds, granola, superfoods like bee pollen, goji berries, cacao nibs, etc.)
COMBINATIONS TO TRY:
- Almond milk + Pear + Pistachios + Honey
- Full fat coconut milk + Turmeric + Mango + Bee pollen
- Almond milk + Almond butter + Cocoa powder + Maple syrup + Chocolates potato chips (oh yes!)
- Cashew dairy + Strawberries + Banana slices + Vanilla proteins powder
- Light coconut dairy + Matcha + Honey
- Almond dairy + Apples + Cinnamon + Nourishing Muesli + Honey
- Full unwanted fat coconut dairy + Pineapple + Coconut flakes
- Cashew dairy + Blueberries + Raspberries + Goji berries
- Almond dairy + Pomegranate seed products + Chocolates bits
GO-TO CHIA PUDDING
Make time: 60 mins Total time: one hour
Go-To Chia Pudding is your guide to make a yummy and healthy chia pudding that will give you an energy boost with flower based protein and fiber.
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups nondairy milk (try almond, cashew, or coconut milk)
- Add-ins like fruit, berries, nut butter, or cocoa powder
- Optional sweeter to taste
- Optional superfood toppings
- Mix collectively the chia seeds, nondairy milk, and optional sweetener and let sit in the refrigerator the for at least 1 hour until a gel forms. You can make your chia seed pudding thicker by reducing the liquid or adding more liquid to make it thinner. (Notice: if you’re using full excess fat coconut milk, pudding will be very dense).
- Combine in your add-ins and top with your preferred superfoods.
- Enjoy! Could be kept within an airtight cup pot or in the refrigerator for 1 week.