Chia pudding with almond milk and natural sweetener is the healthiest option as a sweet treat. Try this natural sweetener chia seed pudding. Chia puddings can be topped with fresh fruit, drizzled with dark chocolate or sprinkled with your favorite nuts.
Chia seed pudding as a healthy treat
Making chia seed pudding is one of my favourite sweet treat for the last few years. I prefer to prepare my chia seed pudding 1 day before I serve it. Respectively overnight. The reason why is simple. The chia seeds thickens into the consistency I like. And that is really thick, like pudding should be.
Chia seed pudding has become my favourite healthy breakfast, afternoon snack and sometime even healthy dessert. The varieties of chia seed pudding are endless.
The base for chia seed pudding is always the same, you only choose the topping of your choice. Choose fresh fruits, top it with chocolate granola, peanut butter, chia jam etc. I have several chia seed pudding recipes, check them out.
What is chia seed
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. Salvia hispanica seed often is sold under its common name “chia” as well as several trademarked names. Its origin is believed to be in Central America where the seed was a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. The seeds of a related plant, Salvia columbariae (golden chia), were used primarily by Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
Chia seeds are powerful seeds and one of the most healthiest foods of all. Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. They are loaded with antioxidants, full of quality protein, plenty of fiber, magnesium, Omega 3 fatty acids and many more.
Chia seeds might help you lose a weight, because all carbs in them are fibre, and they contain high quality protein. And the best of all, it’s so simple to prepare. You can add them to your smoothies, porridge, into baking goods or add it to you in any daily meal preparations.
Chia seeds contain:
- High quality protein
- Fiber (10 grams in 2 Tbsp)
- Omega 3 fatty acids
How to consume chia seeds
Chia seeds can be eaten raw or prepared in a number of dishes. You can sprinkle them ground or whole chia seeds on cereals, over rice, yogurt or vegetables. Chia seeds are very absorbent and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked in water or milk, that is why I am making these delicious chia puddings.
How to prepare chia seed pudding with almond milk
The Simplest ration to make chia seed pudding is 1/4 cup of chia seeds over 1 cup of any kind of the liquids. As a liquid you can use water, animal milks like cow or goat milk or plant based milk. Soy milk, oatmeal milk or any other liquid works perfectly fine as well. I prefer using coconut milk or almond milk, because it adds up extra flavour.
In this recipe I am using organic almond milk and organic Greek yoghurt with vanilla flavour. This will make chia pudding even more smooth and creamy.
Healthier sweetener for chia seed pudding
As a sweetener I always use maple syrup. I am adding only 1 tbsp, because I always think of what topping I will use. In this recipe I am using fresh fruits and that is sweet enough for me.
If you like chia pudding sweeter, then use less of the coconut milk and add more liquid sweetener (maple syrup, agave, etc). Remember the ration of seeds vs liquid. More liquid less thick the pudding will be.
More liquid you add in the mixture, then more liquid your pudding will be and vice versa. As a sweetener, you can also use agave syrup, coconut sugar or any other healthy alternatives of sugar.
Combine chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup together in airtight container. Whisk until well combined. Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight to firm up. Into 2 pretty cups ; layer chia pudding up to three quarters of the glass, then top with Organic Greek vanilla yoghurt, then top with fresh berries or other sorts of fruits. Enjoy it.
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CLASSIC CHIA PUDDING WITH FRESH FRUIT
- 1/4 cup white chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup Organic Vanilla Yoghurt or plain
- Fresh fruit berries & dragon fruit
- Combine the chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup together in airtight container. Whisk until well combined.
- Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight to firm up.
- Layer chia pudding in two cups, up to three quarters of the glass, then top with organic Greek vanilla yoghurt.
- At the end wash fresh berries and top with fresh berries or other sorts of fruits. Enjoy it.