When I hear the word "chia" I instantly think of a cute little fluffy animal... maybe something similar to a cross between a bunny and a fox. However, a chia seed is not a friendly bunnyfox but is actually an incredibly delicious and nutritious ingredient that is high in calcium, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fibre. Not only is it an amazing ingredient to add to your breakfasts, smoothies and desserts but it is also a great egg replacement as it forms a gel when soaked in liquid. I was really amazed at the deliciousness of chia seeds... as just stated, it forms a gel when set with a liquid which creates the most incredible consistency. Thus, please welcome the Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding! You can make it the night before and add the fruit in the morning for an incredible and healthy breakfast. See our tips at the bottom of this post for additional ingredients to make this basic chia pudding extra yummy. Jerome likes me to make a chocolate version so that he can eat them for dessert... chia seeds are so versatile! We hope you enjoy this recipe! :)
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basic chia pudding:
1 cup vegan milk (such as Soy Milky Lite)
3 tablespoons chia seeds*
2 tablespoons maple syrup
dash vanilla essence or vanilla seeds
tropical fruit options:
- In a jar or bowl, add all 'basic chia pudding' ingredients and stir or shake until completely combined.
- Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight stirring a couple of times to prevent it from jelling on the bottom of the jar or bowl.
- Top with your choice of tropical fruit and enjoy the deliciousness!
- *It is up to you how thick you would like your chia pudding. 3 tablespoons to 1 cup of vegan milk will give you a completely thick pudding with a consistency similar to a soft jelly. Feel free to do 2 or 2 1/2 tablespoons for a more liquidy pudding.
- This is a basic chia seed pudding recipe... it is creamy and slightly sweet to compliment the yumminess of the tropical fruit. Feel free to add any spices to the pudding such as cardamom, cinnamon or a vanilla bean to add more flavour. You could even add cacao/cocoa and make a chocolate chia pudding! yum yum.
The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline and is calculated served with mango, kiwi fruit, pineapple and banana. Each serving of our delicious chia pudding contains 106% of your RDI of vitamin C, 14% RDI of iron and 27% RDI of calcium. It is also high in dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B6 and contains 590mg of potassium.