I remember a few years ago when I first herd of chia seeds, no one had herd of them yet and I was questioned with strange looks and disgusted facial expressions when I asked someone if they had herd about them or tried them yet. You could only find them in the darkest corners of a health food store. Over the last few years, the growth in popularity in chia seeds has been astounding, from only a few years ago being an ingredient no one knew anything about and you couldn’t get anywhere, to basically a pantry staple in many households and sold in mainstream supermarkets, which is something i’m very happy to see.
When I first found chia seeds, I was kind of obsessed with them, they are so versatile you can literally put them in anything- smoothies, salads, egg replacers, fruit salads, toppings, thickeners, for desserts such as puddings etc. Because they are so healthy for you, packed with nutrition and add a great element to a dish I literally used them in everything I ate. Chia seeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, they are loaded with fibre, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin B1, B3, potassium and healthy omega 3 fatty acids essential for brain health. They are one of the few plant foods that contain a substantial amount of omega 3 fatty acids. They are also loaded with antioxidants, so they are pretty much the perfect food.
Chia seeds are fantastic for puddings and desserts because they can swell up to 10 times their size, thus why they are fantastic as an egg replacer.
- ¼ Chia Seeds
- 1¾ Cups Vanilla Almond Milk (Use more or less if needed)
- 1 Cup Frozen (or fresh) raspberries
- 1 Small, ripe banana
- 1 Tbs Maple Syrup or Coconut Sugar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Berries (raspberries and blueberries)
- Nuts and seeds of choice
- Shredded Coconut
- Goji Berries (Optional)
- In a large bowl, add the chia seeds and slowly begin to pour the almond milk. Pour a small amount at a time and continuously stir in, add milk accordingly.
- Stir in the vanilla extract and add your sweetener of choice (either maple syrup or coconut sugar)
- Cover with cling wrap and let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour to set (you can leave it overnight too)
- For the berry sauce, simply blend frozen raspberries, banana and sweetener of choice until smooth and combined.
- Place berry sauce in the bottom of a glass or jar, pour the chia pudding into the glasses over the top, top with berries, nuts and seeds and serve.