Chia seeds are amazingly healthy for you, they are also very filling, so they make an easy, hearty ready to go breakfast. Since they take on the flavors they are soaked in, they can easily be made sweet and creamy for a dessert.
If you have chia seeds in your cupboard…you can always make a great dessert or simple breakfast.
I like to make a batch of vanilla, and then I can change up the flavors every day by adding different ingredients….Nuts, berries, extracts, granola, nut butters….
Examples and recipes at the bottom of the page.
The basic ratio for the mixture is …
3-4 Tablespoons Chia Seeds to 1 Cup of liquid – depending on desired thickness
The liquid can be any combination of the following…
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk (The drinkable kind and the canned thick stuff too)
- Macadamia Milk
- Protein Shake (prepared)
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Fa!rlife Milk
- If you use coffee, water, or tea…I would suggest a 50/50 mix with a creamy liquid.
You can add things at this point for flavor…or add them to pudding before eating.
- Protein Powder(for flavor or for added protein)
- Mashed or Whole Berries
- SF Jelly
- SF Syrups and Extracts
- SF Jello Powder
- Coconut Butter
- Peanut butter
- Cocoa Powder
- Pumpkin Puree
- Cinnamon (other spices)
After you get your pudding the way you want, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I suggest stirring after 10 minutes and again after 30 or the seeds will solidify on the bottom.
Top with berries, whipped cream, nuts, coconut…anything you want.
A couple tablespoons of cottage cheese in the mix adds a little protein and makes it even better.
YQ or Two Good yogurt is great too, 1 container divided into 4 or 5 servings really thickens the pudding up and adds more protein.
Or use SF Jello Powder – My strawberry is 2 cups of milk (of choice). 7 Tbsp of chia seeds, SF strawberry jello powder (mix well or it clumps funny) and sweetener to taste. Mix well, refrigerate, for 10 minutes and mix well again (the seeds settle to the bottom and solidify) This is 5 or 6 servings for me and I slice up a strawberry or 2 in each serving.
Simple Vanilla Chia
- 2 cups milk of choice (I like macadamia milk)
- 7 tbsp chia seeds
- sweetener of choice (to taste)
- Vanilla and/or sugar free vanilla syrup
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese (this is optional, it’s my preference)
Stir or shake well, chill and shake or stir every 20 minutes for the fist hour as it sets. This is easier than trying to mix it with the seeds clumped in the bottom.
The combinations are endless. Here are some recipes.