20 June 2012

new obsession: chia pudding (with recipe)

Have you tried chia pudding yet? Holy wow, you must. Like today. Now.

Okay, that's probably overstating it.

Chia pudding is not as good as, say, a Dunkin Donuts Boston creme donut (which will forever be my symbol of all the gluten foods with which I no longer commune). But it's yummy and comforting and 100 percent good for you. And gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free and a lot of other stuff free. Perfect when you just need a little dessert but don't want to feel bad about it. It also takes about five seconds to make.  

Chia seeds still make me sing "Ch-ch-ch-Chia!" to myself whenever I use them, but they're loaded with healthiness, and it turns out that they will go all tapioca on you if you soak them in liquid (in a good way).

They're definitely a bit on the spendy side, so I'm not advocating starting every day with a huge bowl of this stuff. But a few seeds go a long way.

Easy Chia Pudding (gf, df, sf)

2 cups almond or coconut milk (unsweetened if you don't want sugar)
2/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 T. shredded, unsweetened coconut

In a quart-sized jar or container, combine all ingredients.
Put on the lid and shake to combine.
Store for four to five hours, or overnight, in the fridge.
When ready to serve, either serve as is, or add a little more almond/coconut milk if it's too thick.
Makes two to three big servings, or a ton of little servings

I love that this stuff is actually good for you. Not in the "hide some vegetables in those brownies and then they'll be healthy" kind of way. The legit healthy way.

Any new healthy obsessions you've come across? Any cool ways to use chia seeds? Please share!

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  1. what terrific patterns, no? I was so intrigued that I had to look it up online, and have a new word to show for my efforts :-) Mucilage

  2. I'm not loving the look of this stuff... at all... but, as I trust you, I'll look out for them. Any tips on what they look like when purchased?

  3. This actually looks really good! I will be trying this!

  4. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I tried this last night. It was a little on the plain side for my taste. I might put a little more coconut in it next time. Any other ideas on how to liven it up a touch? Cinnamon, maybe? I really like the idea of how good this is for my body. :)

  5. Thanks for the idea of putting coconut in it. I add some unsweet cocoa powder. Adding coconut to it on top of that will make it like a "Mounds" candy pudding! :)

  6. Here in Chiapas, Mexico we use the chia to make chia water, it's just lemonade and chia, you all should try it, enjoy it!

    1. Thanks for that cool idea, and for visiting! - Tanja


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