Can I just say, I think chia seeds are an amazing food? Put them in a liquid and they create a thick gel all on their own! In fact, chia seeds can absorb up to 10x their weight in water which is perfect for creating puddings and jams. Since they don’t have much flavor, chia seeds can be easily adapted in a lot of different recipes. Over the weekend, I was craving chia pudding, but didn’t want to make my usual vanilla variety with fruit topping. So, I decided to put the fruit in the pudding. I divided the recipe in half and flavored one with fresh strawberries and the other with some cocoa powder, because we all know chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven!
Curious about all the hype surrounding chia seeds? Here are a few reasons why they are so healthy:
- Chia seeds, like most seeds, are packed with protein. Incorporate them into your diet by sprinkling on granola or salads and blending in smoothies for a little extra protein.
- Chia seeds are great for your GI tract as they add bulk and soften stool. Just 2 tablespoons provides 10 grams of fiber.
- Chia seeds are a good source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Feel free to substitute a non-dairy milk in this recipe to make it vegan. This pudding is one of those foods that’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but sweet enough to serve as a dessert too. If you are looking to impress Mom with brunch, this chia pudding is perfect because it is incredibly easy to make and looks gorgeous served in a glass with additional strawberries and a bit of coconut.
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk (lite or full-fat both work!)
- ¼ cup almond milk (OR dairy milk OR any plant-based milk)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 6 strawberries, halved
- 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, almond milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
- Halve the mixture. (Each half should be about 1 cup.)
- Place one half of the mixture into the blender. Pour strawberries into the blender as well. Puree until smooth and place in a tupperware container and chill for about 1 hour.
- Place the other half of the chia mixture into the blender and add the cocoa powder. Blend until smooth and place in a tupperware container to chill for about 1 hour.
- Once chia pudding is chilled, spoon half the chocolate and half the strawberry mixture into a serving dish. Top with additional strawberries, coconut, or chocolate chips.
- Repeat for the last half of the mixture in a second dish. Serve chilled.