We’ve all heard about Chia, but it’s SO much more than smoothing a paste over a clay sheep (or more recently, Obama’s head!) and watching a fuzzy green coat grow after a couple days!
So here we find ourselves with chia becoming the new “super food” Not only is it an entertaining child project, but it’s been around for thousands of years, used by Aztecs and Mayans for energy! Full of Omega-3 EFA’s (even more than salmon!) Good for energy, brain functioning, and anti-inflamitory, this is a wonderful little seed to throw into granola, your morning shake, or as a pudding! When I found the seeds in Winners (of all places) I couldn’t help but think “Okay… now what?!” So I was THRILLED when I found this recipe!
Now, if you like tapioca, this is similar as when the seeds absorb the moisture, it forms almost a jelly around the seeds. I personally LOVE tapioca, so I loved this!
And if I loved it screwing up the recipe as much as I did (I wanted to half it, but I only halved part of the ingredients, so I had to try and fix it!)
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon double-strength vanilla extract (or 1 tsp. regular)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- sweetener of choice, to taste (I used 2 packets Stevia)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 to 1 cup raspberries, cherries, or other fruit, plus additional for garnish
- Place the milk, vanilla, and cocoa into the blender and add sweetener to taste (about 2 servings worth). Blend until cocoa is completely incorporated.
- Pour milk mixture into a bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir well, making sure that all the seeds are moistened. Leave out on the counter and stir periodically (about every 15 minutes or so), breaking up any clusters that form. Allow it to stand until the pudding has thickened and all liquid has been absorbed, at least an hour.
- Refrigerate. Just before serving, stir in fruit. Serve topped with additional fruit.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s) | Cooking (standing) time: 1 hour(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2
Nutrition (per serving): 123 calories, 6.2g total fat, 12.2g carbohydrates, 8.8g fiber, 2g sugar, 7g protein