I’m a bit obsessed with chia seeds. I’ve been using them in everything lately – from oatmeal and toast to smoothies and, now, pudding. It isn’t similar to the decadent pudding found at Easter brunch, nor is it comparable to the stiff mass found beside a hospital bed. It’s better; That’s because, like most of my favorite things, it tastes like dessert and won’t harm your health or fitness goals (within reason.) Chia seed pudding – which has been raved by health fanatics for months (Yeah, I’m late to the game) – is probably one of the few nutritional discoveries, outside of Halo Top ice cream, that has kept me moving towards my fitness goals these past few months.
Chia seed pudding – which has been raved by health fanatics for months (Yeah, I’m late to the game) – is probably one of the few nutritional discoveries, outside of Halo Top ice cream, that has kept me moving towards my fitness goals these past few months.
What’s So Great About Chia Seeds?
Let’s break down the nutritional value chia seeds hold. For perspective, the pudding recipe below calls for 3 tablespoons, which is a little more than 1 ounce.
An ounce of chia seeds provides:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of protein
- 137 calories
- calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium… a lot of nutrients
Essentially, chia seeds are a low-calorie, low carb source of vegan protein and are packed with vitamins and minerals.
Maple Chia Seed Pudding
This has become my favorite breakfast staple. Not only is its nutritional value comparable to eating a leafy salad, but it’s simple to make and actually tastes good – unlike eating a salad at 8 am.
Your favorite yogurt, oatmeal – even toast – toppings? Works well here too. The recipe is versatile and makes a great base for most toppings. I like to include bananas, strawberries and shredded coconut in mine.
Chia seeds, like oatmeal, really absorb flavor and expand to be light and fluffy when left in milk, water, or cream.
Follow the recipe below for a vanilla and maple flavored pudding that is suitable for both breakfast and dessert.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup (use sugar-free to stay low on calories)
- Stevia, Cinnamon to taste
- Mix ingredients together in large bowl
- Cover with plastic wrap and let sit, refrigerated overnight (at least 12 hours)
The longer you let the mixture sit the thicker (and in my opinion, the tastier) it will get.
Try it out and let me know what you think!