Chia seed puddings are a simple, easy and versatile way to enjoy chia seeds. You can use black or white seeds, or milled chia seeds to make a pudding, and you can use any type of milk, be it cow, sheep or goat milk, almond milk, coconut milk , rice milk or oat milk. The pudding can be made with hot or cold milk.
The taste is fairly bland, so I like to add fruit to my chia puddings. For me, the fruit adds enough sweetness, but you can sweeten your puddings with a little honey or stevia. For a real taste treat add a little granulated coconut palm sugar. This sugar is low in GI and full of vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy alternative to normal cane sugar.
You can find the recipe for the above pudding here
You can make your pudding thick or thin, depending on the amount of chia seeds you add to your milk, and also depending on where your chia seeds are grown and the sort of weather conditions the crop experienced. The seeds absorb 9 to 12 times their volume when placed in liquid. I have used a brand of chia seed that the producer claims absorbs 16 times their volume of liquid. So be prepared to be flexible when adding chia seeds to make your pudding. It’s fine to add more seeds (a little at a time) if you find your pudding is a little too thin for your liking.
I love the recipe below on a cold winter’s morning. Just add to cold milk if you want it cold.
Ingredients for one serve
2 tablespoons of Chia seeds
I cup of milk, soy milk, coconut milk or nut milk
sea salt to taste
1 desertspoon honey
1 small banana
Heat the milk but do not boil
Whisk the chia seeds into the hot milk and let stand for 10/15 minutes to make a gel.
Whisk the mixture once or twice during the standing time to prevent the seeds clumping together.
Reheat after standing if required or allow to cool completely
skice banana over the top and drizzle the honey over the top.
2 tablespoons makes a rather thick mixture, you can adjust to your own taste as described above.
Use ground chia seeds instead of whole seeds. This is great for children and very warming on a cold winter’s day.
Chocolate Chia seed pudding
Add Milo to the chia and milk mix. Kids love this. It’ s great with raspberries.