Chia puddings are the ultimate in low maintenance - literally throw all the ingredients into a jar, screw the lid on tight, give it all good shake and leave to thicken up! The nutritious wee seeds will absorb the liquid their suspended in to swell to around 10-12x their weight, forming a delicious pudding-like texture that's wonderfully versatile. To make a nutritious breakfast-on-the-go, simply add sliced fresh fruit and a sprinkling of muesli to the jar, or for a decadent dessert try adding some cacao powder and pure maple syrup for a delicious chocolate twist.
Aside from their versatility, one of the reasons chia seeds have a permanent spot on my pantry shelf is because of how very nutritious they are. They're a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and plant-based protein, and their loaded with essential nutrients, among many other benefits. To read more on this check out my raspberry chia jam post.
I've kept this recipe really simply - just chia seeds, a liquid of your choice and a little vanilla. You can add a sweetener if you like, but I find if you use good quality vanilla essence/powder it'll be sweet enough, particularly if you go on to add fruit to the mix. Yum!
Simple Chia Puddings
2/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups of your choice of milk
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
Optional: 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp sweetener of choice (I like pure maple syrup)
1. Add all ingredients into a large mason jar, firmly screw on lid, and shake the jar until everything is well combined.
2. Leave to thicken for 1-2 hours.
3. Enjoy! The mixture will have thickened up nicely - feel free to add a little extra milk to loosen it up and make it more of a pudding consistency. Layer it in a jar with fruit, yoghurt. granola or whatever else you can think of!