Maybe you're familiar with chia seeds. Maybe your not. Either way, I hoping after today they'll be a staple in your pantry.
Chia seeds go wayyy back. Back in time. Ancient time. However, they've only recently made a comeback. Over the past few years, health and beauty experts have been raving about chia seeds for the high amount of omega-3s that they carry along with a boat load of other health and diet benefits.
Some experts even say that when eaten regularly, chia seeds can help you have a more youthful glow and an abundance of energy. I'll take that!
But I am not going to bore you with the facts today. If you want to know more just google chia seeds and you'll find pages and pages of great information.
Today, I was to share my favorite little secret about these seeds.
These seeds have superpowers. Super transforming powers.
When placed in liquid, these little guys expand forming a gel-like substance. How cool is that. What's even cooler is that this gel-like substance is really really good for you. Ridiculously good.
Now, what if we can take this really cool, really healthy gel and turn it into a really yummy dessert or snack. We can and we will.
There are a lot of things you can do with chia seeds. I sprinkle them in my yogurt or oatmeal, I use them in baking, or throw them into a smoothie. However, my favorite thing to do with chia seeds is make chia seed pudding. It is such a treat, and it's the best way to enjoy the superseed in all it's glory.
This pudding has the taste and the texture of a tapioca or rice pudding, but with no guilt, and all the extra health benefits.
It is also easier to make and requires no stove or heating. Just assemble the ingredients, refrigerate and ta-da! Delicious super healthy pudding!
chia seed pudding
4 cups of almond milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of maple syrup
3/4 cup of chia seeds
cinnamon, for garnish
- In a large bowl, mix together the almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup until combined. Then gently stir in the chia seeds. Pour the mixture into an 8"x11" baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Ideally it is best to have it sit overnight to allow the chia seeds to gel and firm up.
- Serve with a dusting of cinnamon on top.