One of my favourite breakfasts are chia puddings, it is almost impossible to get bored of them as there are so many different variations. Chia seeds are also a known superfood, the seeds are filled with electrolytes, amino acids, B-vitamins, vitamin C, D, E, K, folic acid and inositol. The seeds also contain 14 minerals such as magnesium, iron and iodine.
Chia seeds are great in puddings, smoothies and as a topping on salads and buddha bowls. The tiny seeds are able to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, which gives them a gel-like consistency when soaked. Hydrating the seeds also makes them more bio-available to the body. Chia seeds are full of soluble fiber so it is important to drink enough fluid, in order to prevent stomach aches.
There are both black and white chia seeds available, however there is no nutritional difference between the two. Black chia seeds are more common and easily available, so I tend to use them on a daily basis.
I like to keep my chia puddings very simple and just add fruits that are in season. When I do have a little more time I like to blend my chia pudding which makes it a lot more creamy. One of my favourites is blended chia pudding with hazelnut milk and cocoa, which tastes very similar to chocolate pudding.
I add 1/2 cup of liquid to 3 tbsp of chia seeds and let them soak for a minimum of three hours. It is also possible to soak the seeds the night before, I keep my chia pudding in the fridge for up to three days.
1/2 cup of liquid (dairy free milk: hazelnut milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk)
3 tbsp of chia seeds (black or white)
extra protein: protein powder, almond butter
flavours: cocoa powder, lemon zest, orange zest, vanilla extract, almond extract
toppings: jam, fresh fruit like kiwi, mango, apple, banana, strawberries and other berries, cocoa nibs, nuts and seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon powder
Chia passion fruit pudding. I really like sour fruits, and passion fruits are one of my favourite.
Mango chia pudding. For the first layer I blend fresh mango with a little bit of lemon juice and then top it off with my soaked chia seeds.
Protein Chocolate Raspberry pudding. After soaking the chia seeds in hazelnut milk I blend it with one serving of vega protein powder. When using a nut milk that is not very sweet I recommend adding some maple syrup. I like to add some berries either fresh or frozen and cinnamon.
Blueberry chia pudding. I love berries, but have a hard time finding mold-free berries at the supermarket so I get frozen, organic raspberries and blueberries from Mawasim and mix them with my chia pudding.