Grab-and-Go Chia Delight

by Kirsten
Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding: a name that conjures images of healthy breakfasts, convenient snacks, and guilt-free desserts. But what truly makes this dish so appealing? It’s the perfect confluence of simplicity, nutrition, and flavor. Allow me to delve into the world of chia seed pudding and share why it’s become a staple in my kitchen.

Easy Peasy Puds

Firstly, the ease of preparation is undeniable. Unlike elaborate baked goods, chia seed pudding requires minimal effort. No preheating ovens, no complicated steps – just a quick mix of ingredients and some fridge time. This makes it ideal for busy mornings when every minute counts. Simply stir together chia seeds, your preferred milk (dairy or non-dairy), a touch of sweetener, and any flavorings you desire. Within a few hours, the chia seeds transform into a pudding-like texture, ready to be devoured.

Packed with Seed Power

Secondly, chia seed pudding boasts an impressive nutritional profile. These tiny black seeds are nutritional powerhouses,packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. They’re particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids, crucial for heart health and brain function. This makes chia seed pudding a nourishing choice that keeps you feeling satisfied for longer.

Flavour Fav’s

Thirdly, the versatility of chia seed pudding is truly remarkable. It serves as a blank canvas for your culinary creativity. Craving a tropical twist? Opt for mango puree like the recipe suggests. Prefer a berry burst? Layer chia pudding with your favorite berries or a homemade chia jam. Looking for a chocolatey indulgence? Use cocoa powder and a splash of almond milk for a decadent twist. The possibilities are endless!

Tropical Combo

Now, let’s dive deeper into the recipe at hand: Chia Seed Pudding with Mango Puree, Coconut & Omega Seeds. This vibrant combination offers a delicious and nutritious treat. The creamy oat milk base complements the rich coconut milk,while the turmeric adds a subtle earthy note. The sweet and tangy mango puree provides a refreshing contrast, and the omega seed mix adds a delightful textural dimension.

Be Inspired

  • Spiced Apple Pear: Use almond milk, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and top with chopped apples, pears, and a sprinkle of walnuts.
  • Peanut Butter Power: Blend peanut butter with your milk base for a protein boost. Top with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey.
  • Chocolate Cherry Dream: Use cocoa powder and almond milk, top with chopped cherries and a sprinkle of dark chocolate shavings.
  • Tropical Paradise: Use coconut milk and pineapple chunks, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and toasted coconut flakes.

On The Go

The beauty of chia seed pudding lies in its versatility. It’s perfect for meal prepping – prepare a batch of jars on Sunday and enjoy a healthy breakfast throughout the week. Pack it in your bag for a satisfying afternoon snack that keeps you energized. And for those evenings when cravings strike, chia seed pudding serves as a guilt-free dessert that won’t derail your health goals. So, the next time you’re looking for a quick, nutritious, and delicious option, give chia seed pudding a try. With its endless customization possibilities and impressive health benefits, it’s sure to become a favorite in your kitchen too.

Mango & Coconut Recipe

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups oat milk
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup tinned mangoes – either chopped or blended
  • 1 cup omega seed mix (such as flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)

1. Prepare the Chia Seed Pudding:
* In a mason jar, combine chia seeds, oat milk, coconut milk, ½ teaspoon of Turmeric, and maple syrup.
* Stir well to ensure the chia seeds are evenly distributed.
* Close the mason jar and give it a good shake.
* Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight, allowing the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and form a pudding-like consistency.

2. Make the Mango Puree:
* Drain the tinned mangoes.
* Blend until smooth and creamy.
* If it’s too thick, add a splash of water 

3. Assemble the Jars:
* Take small jars or glasses for serving.
* Spoon the chia seed pudding into each jar, filling them about halfway.
* Pour a layer of mango puree on top.
* Sprinkle over a generous amount of omega seed mix.

4. Serve and Enjoy:
* The chia seed pudding jars can be served immediately or refrigerated until ready to eat.
* Before serving, you can garnish with additional mango slices or a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

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