Chia pudding is seriously a no fuss option for your morning breakfast, mid-day snacks, or even for dessert. You literally need just a couple of minutes and a mason jar to prep the pudding the night before.
There are quite a few benefits to consuming chia seeds. They are packed with Omega 3's, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and they provide you with that seriously satisfied feeling. You know what that means, no unnecessary snacking and just an all around healthy option.
If you are unfamiliar with chia pudding, the chia seeds expand in the milk, causing it to thicken. It almost resembles a tapioca pudding. Some people grind their chia seeds, but I am not a fan of chia seeds in that form for pudding. I just find the texture of the pudding isn't as appealing. I do, however, grind them for some baked goods or smoothies.
I used a combination of blueberries and raspberries in this pudding, but you can use whatever fruit you want. I added some unsweetened coconut and slivered almonds to bring a little crunch and texture into the mix.
You will need a minimum of 6 hours to allow the chia pudding to set and thicken properly. I prep everything the night before and then at any point the next day, I know I'm ready to assemble my pudding. I like to divide this recipe up into two mason jars but if you have one big jar, that works too. For a grab and go option, once the pudding has set, you can simply throw in whatever fruit or toppings you are craving into the jar, grab a spoon, and go.
1 1/2 cups homemade almond milk
6 Tbs chia seeds
2 Tbs maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic raspberries
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 raw slivered almonds
1. Grab 2 mason jars with lids (or one large jar). Divide the chia seeds among the two jars, so 3 tablespoons in each jar.
2. Pour 3/4 cup almond milk in each jar. Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup in each jar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into each jar. Secure the lids onto the jars tightly and shake well, making sure there are no chia seeds clumped on the bottom. If there are, use a spoon to stir them around.
3. After the jars are shaken up, place them in your refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
4. Once the pudding has had a chance to thicken and set, layer the pudding and fruit in whatever type of serving dish you wish to use. It can be as simple as a bowl or jar.
5. Add any desired toppings such as nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, cacao nibs, etc. Now you are ready to grab a spoon and enjoy this refreshing treat!