Chia seed pudding, love it or hate it? Or maybe don’t care or don’t know what? I wouldn’t say I am crazy over chia seed pudding, but I don’t hate it either. I’m more in between, I like eating it on occasion especially after the holidays and I am looking for a healthier dessert option. It is very easy to make, quite flexible and simple, and now I can have it to go if I need to. This Grab and Go Chia Seed Pudding just made healthy option dessert accessible all the time.
The texture of chia seed pudding is something that you have to get used to. I have to admit I was kind of hesitant to try it before, but I ended up getting used to it. Not crazy head over heels in love with it, but I like it in small portion.
This is why I like making this petite chia seed pudding. They are a decent portion, nothing too overwhelming. The best part of it is that I get to make different variation every time I want to eat it. Plus now, they can go with me wherever I go. How cool is that?
Chocolate, mango, banana and strawberry are the most common ones I make. But from time to time especially during Summer, I get to make more variations using fresh in season fruits. There are quite a lot variations that you can make, there’s really no right and wrong. Make the variations that you like, use the ingredients that you love and enjoy to eat. If you are just starting, start with small portion, this is the perfect recipe to start with.
I find that the smallest size mason jar are perfect to hold this chia seed pudding. They are easy to carry (if needed), and they are also convenient for storing in the refrigerator. Once small mini jar is just the perfect serving portion for a dessert, or a breakfast along side some toast or wrap.
You can use any type of milk to make this. Dairy or non dairy will both work. The higher the fat content of the milk, the creamier the chia seed pudding will taste. This doesn’t mean using non-dairy is not as good, only different in taste. I like using coconut milk for non dairy substitute because I like the taste of it but any non-dairy will work fine.
This is where it gets interesting. You get to add any toppings of your choice. As long as you have the base pudding ready, you can choose whatever toppings you like.
- Fresh fruits are always my favorite as it makes the chia seed pudding more filling, not to mention it gives a really nice presentation.
- Sauces and jam are also good option. It adds a lot flavor to the pudding.
- Dried fruits are also fun to add, they add nice texture to the pudding. Dried cranberry, raisins and Mango are among my favorite to use.
- Let us not forget the nuts, chopped nuts are great addition too, it adds a nice crunch to the pudding.
- Spices should never be overlooked. Cinnamon is my favorite, but if you are feeling like warming spices, go for fall spices like all spice and nutmeg
- Yogurt are great addition too. Add doll-up of yogurt on top, or layer it in between that pudding. Not only that it gives a nice appearance, it also adds creamy texture
When it comes to making variation, the sky is the limit. The possibilities are endless, you will never get bored with it. Go have fun and be creative. The key thing, use the ingredients and toppings that you love.
This recipe used very few ingredients, and the Chia Seed was the star of the recipe. So I thought I’d share with you little interesting facts about Chia Seed. Here is goes.
What is Chai Seed?
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day super-food only recently. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. Don’t be fooled by the size — these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
Benefits of Chai Seed
- Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
- Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
- Almost All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber
- Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
- The High Fiber and Protein Content in Chia Seeds May Help You Lose Weight
- Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Chia Seeds May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
- They’re High in Many Important Bone Nutrients
- Chia Seeds May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
- They May Reduce Chronic Inflammation
- Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Grab and GO!
No time to enjoy them at home? Pack them in a mini mason jars (125 ml) and have them to go. Even if you don’t want it to go, having it packed in a mason jar is a good way to portion it, a perfect portion for dessert or just something to go with your breakfast meal.
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 2 1/2 tablespoon Chia Seed
- 2 tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup (and a bit more for serving)
- 2 tablespoon Greek Yogurt
Toppings and Mix-In Suggestions:
- 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 cup fresh Mango – diced
- 2 tablespoon Cherry Sauce
- 1 Large Banana
- 1 tablespoon Chocolate Chips or chopped chocolate
- Pour milk and yogurt in a mason jar or any jar with lid. Add chia seed, vanilla extract and sweetener. Shake until the yogurt is completely dissolved and leave at least 1 hour or overnight in the fridge. Stir and taste for sweetness and adjust sweetness as desired.
- Transfer in mini mason jar and add the desired toppings. This recipe makes 2 serving portion.
Serves 1 – 2
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