Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Soy Free. Grain Free. Low Sugar. Low Carb.
If you've never tried chia seed pudding, you are missing out! This recipe is a highly nutritious and energizing way to start the day or get through an afternoon slump. Chia seeds are a low calorie, nutrient dense superfood that offer a great source of fiber, heart healthy omega-3 fats, and protein. Omega-3 fats are super important to get in each day in some way to help reduce inflammation and protect your heart and brain. You can learn more on my blog: Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fats.
This pudding takes 5 minutes to make and will set overnight. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and expand into a pudding-like consistency. And because chia seeds are so high in fiber and protein, just one serving will really work to stabilize your blood sugar levels, reduce sugar cravings, and keep you feeling fuller longer. Chia seeds can be very energizing, so I like this as a snack in the afternoon when I'm feeling fatigued and craving something sweet:)
The flavors and texture are very close to real chocolate pudding so you really feel like you are eating a sweet treat when this hits your mouth!
Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding (PRINT RECIPE):
Makes 4 small servings
1 3/4 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice
Heaping 1/3 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons organic unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao nibs
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon 100% pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar/nectar
Pinch of salt
Optional Toppings: (choose one)
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup raw walnuts, almonds, or macadamia nuts
2-3 strawberries, 6 raspberries or 9 blueberries**
This keeps well in the fridge for about 3-4 days. So I like to make a batch at the beginning of the week and scoop out a snack in the afternoon! If you like simple, anti-inflammatory recipes like this one, check out our Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plans for a wide variety of easy meals and "make ahead" preparation plans.
Let me know what you think about the pudding. What other types of chia pudding do you like?
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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