Chia Puddings

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. – WebMD

Chia Seeds

Tiny little Chia Seeds are having quite a moment in the sun. Hailed as a superfood, they are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with anti oxidants,  fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and omega – 3 fatty acids. Unlike flax seeds, these don’t have to be ground to get all their nutritional benefits.

They have a mild taste and are very versatile. You can sprinkle them on your salads, smoothies, shakes, yogurt.  Mix them in your baked goodies, jams  ( you can see my mulberry jam recipe).  They can be used as thickeners as they swell up quite a bit in liquid.

Lets talk about Chia Puddings today. They are the simplest breakfast you can make.  All you need to do is stir in a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds in a cup of almond/coconut/soy/regular milk a night before and voila, in the morning you have a nice thick sabudana ( sago) type pudding. Since its quite flavourless, you can add any fruit, spices, nuts, granola, any topping you’d like.

Note:

  • I don’t usually sweeten my chia puddings. I’m quite satisfied  fruit and/ or granola toppings for the sweetness. The recipes below, however, do have honey or maple syrup added as a sweetener. You may use them or omit them according to your preference.
  • I like to use light coconut milk or almond milk to make these. You could certainly use any milk, dairy or non dairy, of your choice.
  • These recipes serve one person, very generously.

Here are some Chia Pudding ideas for you:

Mango Turmeric Chia Pudding

MANGO TURMERIC CHIA PUDDING    serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Mango – 1, diced

Maple syrup/ honey – 1 tsp

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Toppings:

Fresh strawberry puree, Pumpkin seeds, Pistachio

Blend the mango, turmeric, honey and milk in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl or jar. Whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Stir the mixture well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Serve topped with pureed strawberries, pumpkin seeds and pistachios.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING       serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Cocoa powder – 1 tsp

Maple syrup/ honey – 2 tsp

Cardamom – 2 pods, seeds only, crushed

Toppings:

Strawberries, Cocoa nibs, Toasted coconut

In a small bowl or jar, whisk the first five ingredients. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Stir it well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Serve topped with sliced strawberries, cocoa nibs and toasted coconut.

Date & Banana Chia Pudding

DATE & BANANA CHIA PUDDING    serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Banana  – 1

Dates – 2

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Toppings: 

Plain yogurt – 4-5 tbsp

Jam     – 1 tsp  ( you can use any, I used homemade gooseberry jam)

Pomegranate

Blend the banana, dates, and milk in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl or jar. Whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Stir the mixture well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Swirl the jam in the yogurt. Serve on top of the pudding along with the pomegranates.

Matcha Chia Pudding

MATCHA CHIA PUDDING    serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Matcha – 2 tsp

Maple syrup/ honey – 2 tsp

Toppings :

Strawberry, Orange, Granola, Dark Chocolate ( I used non – dairy organic chocolate from Earthloaf )

In a small bowl or jar, whisk the first four ingredients. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Stir it well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Serve topped with sliced strawberries, orange segments, granola and dark chocolate.

Date & Cinnamon Chia Pudding

DATE & CINNAMON CHIA PUDDING     serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Dates – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Maple syrup/ honey – 2 tsp

Toppings:

Fresh figs,  Pomegranates, Toasted coconut, Granola ( I used my Matcha granola)

Blend the milk and dates in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl or jar. Whisk in the chia seeds and cinnamon powder. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Stir it well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Serve topped with granola, figs, pomegranates and toasted coconut.

Strawberry Chia Pudding with Chocolate Granola

Strawberry Chia Pudding      serves 1

Light coconut milk   – 1 cup

Chia seeds – 2 Tbsp

Maple syrup/ honey – 2 tsp

Strawberry – 6-8

Banana – 1 small

Toppings:

Pistachios, Toasted coconut, Granola ( I used my homemade Chocolate Granola)

Blend milk, maple syrup, strawberries and banana in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl or jar. Whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Stir it well next morning. Add a bit more milk, if the consistency is too thick for you. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Serve topped with granola, toasted coconut and pistachios.

So go ahead try these, make your own creations… share with me, share with your family & friends. Eat well eat real, stay healthy!!

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Shilpi Dutta

These were the easiest and very interesting pudding recipes I have ever read anywhere. The banana and date pudding sounds very easy and yum since I love both 🙂 Thanks for sharing healthy goodness !!! 🙂

Praveen

Fantastic and so very simple. Iam going to make my own breakfasts soon

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