Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chia seed pudding

This weekend I used up the last of my chia seed supply and put it to good use making some chocolate chia seed pudding.

The recipe I followed was one from a blog I regularly read, Pb Fingers.
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • Small spoonful of sugar (1 – 2 tsp.?)
I followed her recipe except I used sucanat. Sucanat is a sugar more in the raw state and less refined=better for your body than white sugar. I get it from the Hy-Vee bulk bins in the Health Market. We mixed up the pudding Sunday morning and then ran to Old Navy to check out the deals while the pudding thickened. When we got back we had lunch and enjoyed the pudding as dessert. I think I'll be trying a vanilla recipe next because it was just too chocolatey for me. But Kaydin loved it! The seeds plump up and the pudding resembles tapioca.

 Many people may not be familiar with chia seeds, but they are extremely good for you. And yes- they are the seeds that grew the '90's trend, the Chia Pet.  Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, protein, Omega-3's, fiber, and many others. They are also really easy to incorporate into your diet.  You can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, cottage cheese, yogurt, cereals, soups, or muffin and pancake batters. 

  • More Omega-3 than Atlantic Salmon
  • More Antioxidants than fresh blueberries
  • More Fiber than bran flakes
  • More Calcium than 2% milk
  • More Protein, Fiber & Calcium than flax seed

Have you tried chia seeds before? how do you incorporate them into your diet?

1 comment:

  1. I make something similar with Chia Seeds. I use mine as a byproduct of making soy milk. I just left over soy pulp and add 2 tablespoons pure cocoa, 2 and a half tablespoons agave syrup, 8 ounces of cottage cheese. Mix with a blender or handheld let cool in and all together put it on medium to low heat for about an hour. Blend again, let cool and then put in the fridge to set yummo!


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