Chia Pudding is that rare recipe for which you could write instructions in just two words: Stir. Refrigerate.
And… you’re done. That’s *it*! Seriously!
You don’t even need a lot of ingredients. In fact, if you’re keeping it pure, you technically only need two ingredients: chia seeds and your choice of milk. Most people add some kind of sweetener. And many people serve it with some kind of fruit on top. But if what you’re really looking for is just some tasty (gluten-free and vegan) pudding, you can get it all with just those two ingredients.
How easy is it? Let’s see…
A super-easy, no-fuss recipe for a delicious chia pudding - perfect for breakfast or snacks.
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk (or your favorite milk)
- 1 tsp sweetener of choice (optional)
- Dash vanilla (optional)
- fruit garnish (optional)
Select two equally sized bowls or Mason jars. Divide the chia seeds and milk (and sweetener, if using) evenly between the two bowls. Stir until the chia seeds are evenly coated with the milk. Let the mixture "rest" for five minutes; then stir again to get all of the clumps out. Chill for at least one hour before serving; overnight is best. Top with fruit of choice and serve.
How Do Chia Seeds Turn Into Pudding?
How does chia pudding work, you ask? Chia seeds have a unique outer coating that allows them to absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid. So when you soak them in liquid, they just keep taking it all in until it becomes a nice gel. They also are packed with nutrients in relation to calories, so they’re a good way to get in some of your daily requirements without filling up.
Toppings for Chia Pudding
Once you’ve made the actual pudding, you can be as creative as you like with toppings.
For our papaya-chia pudding, we blended up frozen papaya chunks and then added them on top. It’s worth noting that this is the kind of addition you do at the last minute. (You won’t be able to keep the frozen layer frozen overnight in the fridge.) We topped it off with edible citrus blossoms from the farmers’ market.
Other ideas to consider: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, apples, peaches, pears… the list goes on. You could have a different chia pudding for every day of the week!
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