Coconut Chia Pudding is healthy and delectable breakfast, snack or dessert pudding that gets ready under 5 minutes and loaded with calcium, protein, omega-3 and antioxidants. This recipe is Gluten and soy free, vegan. Easy to prepare and customize too!
We are back to school season here in Chicago. Summer just flew by soo fast. After a wonderful Europe vacation and awesome family bonding, we are gearing up for yet another sensational school year. With early morning start for the kids, and getting into new routine , this recipe is going to be my savior for Nutritional Power packed breakfast.
Let’s talk about these tine tiny chia seeds. They qualify amongst the amazing superfoods and I’ve been hooked on them for years. Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3, calcium and antioxidants. And they are so versatile to use.
Their texture can take a little getting used to. So try it first with your favorite sauce or fruit. Once you like the “GEL” like texture, then experiment with other flavors and variations. The texture of soaked chia seeds is bit slimy so be forewarned. But you DO NOT want to miss out on the amazing healthy choices you can make with it.
If you have kids that are no so adaptable to the new foods and texture, I highly recommend you try these seeds with the food they most love. You mask it with favorites like chocolate or strawberry. Try it few times and voila..you may just hit the jackpot!
My kids love drinking Chinese Bubble Tea especially during Summer. Early on, I convinced them that chia seeds gels were baby versions of bubble tea. We started off with adding these seeds it to their favorite drinks. Since their is no taste of their own, they tasted nothing different than the drink. Once the kids liked the texture and got used to it, I added the coconut or almond milk. Now, I can’t imagine any simpler yet healthy, powerful breakfast for our early starts of the mornings.
Key to get a perfect gel like consistency when chia seeds are soaked, is when you first make your pudding. You need to mix it a few times every couple of minutes. This will ensure that the chia seeds don’t clump together. This one step will get you perfect smooth texture every time. Then you can stick it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours to allow the chia seeds to form the gel and expand.
Chia seeds are very versatile and are a great protein-packed addition to many recipes. They thicken without cooking so with minimal efforts, you get to have dreamy, healthy treat ready. They are basically tasteless so you can use them in any flavor combinations.
Chia pudding tastes awesome when you it ahead. Make a batch at night, keep in the fridge for a quick breakfast, healthy snack or dessert. This pudding recipe marinates chia seeds in coconut milk overnight. Then you add your toppings and just dig in. Talk about a meal worth waking up to!
Chia seeds can soak up to 9 times liquid of their volume. Since they swell up so much, a little goes long way. A basic ratio for making Coconut Chia Pudding is to mix 3 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of liquid.
Start with this basic coconut chia pudding recipe and then experiment with your own variations to enjoy for breakfast, as a snack or creamy dessert. Let’s get going with this gluten-free, paleo, keto-friendly and vegan pudding!! Fit, Fancy and Fabulous living.
6 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened coconut or almond milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
Cut up fruit, nuts or chocolate shavings for topping
In a mason jar, dump all ingredients together. Put the lid on and shake the mixture a few times to combine everything.
Once the coconut chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes on the counter.
Give it few more stir or shake the bottle vigorously to break up any clumps of chia seeds. This process ensures creamy gel like texture. Put the mixture in the fridge so it set-up nicely for 1-2 hours is ideal)
You can also prepare your pudding and let it sit for overnight before. When ready to serve, divide the mixture into two containers and enjoy !
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Coconut Chia Pudding
- In a mason jar, dump all ingredients together. Put the lid on and shake the mixture a few times to combine everything.
- Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes on the counter. Give it few more stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds. This process ensures creamy gel like texture.
- Put the mixture in the fridge so it set-up for 1-2 hours.
- You can also prepare your pudding and let it sit for overnight before. When ready to serve, divide the mixture into two containers and enjoy !