This week, a client pulled an adorable little pod out of her fridge, handed it to us and said, “have you tried this?” Oh, chia pudding! Never tried the store bought type, but I DO have chia seeds and often throw them in my smoothies. I asked my friend, cook, fellow vegetarian (and fellow biker) Zilya Schaffer if she had any great SIMPLE chia pudding recipes to share, and after trying it (yum), we thought we’d share it with you.
Sweet, Simple Chia Pudding
“Milk” of your choice like almond, rice or coconut
|Chia seeds||2 – 2.5 tbsp|
|Cacao powder (raw cacao is best)||2 tbsp|
|Maple syrup||1 tbsp|
|Vanilla extract||6 tsp|
|Cayenne pepper||A pinch|
|Cacoa nibs||2 – 3 teaspoons|
|Cinnamon||As a topper|
Just whisk this together, so you still have whole chia seeds (it ends up with a similar texture to a small-grained tapioca) or blend it in a blender until smooth. Chill for a few hours and you have a tasty, healthy treat! If you choose to blend it, it would be best to leave out the cacao nibs, or add them at the end for a little chocolate crunch.
If you get bored of chocolate easily, here are some great ideas to spice it up:
- Top with fresh or frozen berries and some chocolate sauce for a tempting dessert.
- Omit the cacao, and layer with fruit in a parfait glass for an attractive breakfast or healthy dessert
- Add to hot oatmeal just before serving.
How do you love your chia pudding? Tell us in the comments below!
Zilya Schaffer is a health coach that makes healthy food fun and easy! When it comes to food-related health and happines, it’s about more than just the recipes. She believes in supporting people in eating healthily, and increasing the joy in their lives. https://www.facebook.com/groups/530432603658828/
Nicole has worked with one of BC’s leading fitness gyms as a top achiever with several awards in personal training and customer service. She is passionate about motivating, educating and expanding the minds of her clients and students to achieve more than just physical fitness. Nicole draws from her background and varied experiences such as yoga, rock climbing, kickboxing and pilates, to provide fun alternatives to “traditional exercises.”