Eating plant seed pudding? Trust me on this. Chia seeds are not just for growing a plant that looks like a dog or Bart Simpson. They are actually very healthy and easy to incorporate into your diet. They are an excellent vegetarian source of Omega-3's, Protein and calcium. You can eat them raw or add them to cooked dishes (oatmeal) if you'd like. I usually add chia seeds to my green juice or smoothies to give it a thicker consistency and bump up the nutrition.
I've seen this recipe a few different times and had to try it out for myself. I am definitely going to experiment more with this, it was SOOO easy! I really want to try a chocolate version of this next. This version is a very basic approach. Making it easy to put whatever kind of toppings you'd like on top. Chia seeds when mixed with a liquid make a gel like substance, thickening this pudding. It resembles a tapioca pudding consistency. Since this requires no cooking - anyone can make it.
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of organic green stevia (or a little more if your prefer)
Mix all of the ingredients into a medium sized glass bowl or into a mason jar and shake, if you prefer. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. After it has had time to thicken, stir well. Serve chilled and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine Magazine