Before we go into the recipe let’s take a moment and marvel at the wonder of chia seeds, the basic ingredient of a chia pudding.
Chia seeds are seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica and they pack an amazing nutritional punch. They are rich in antioxidants, contain a lot of protein and almost all of the carbs in them are fiber, so they’re a very good option even on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. Here’s their nutritional value in nutshell (values per 100g):
- 486 calories
- 31g fat
- 3,3 saturated fat
- 16mg sodium
- 42g total carbohydrates
- 34g fiber
- 17g protein
They’re also very high in manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium and calcium. Because of all their goodness, they’re classified as a superfood and a very popular one indeed. Their popularity can probably be attributed in part to the fact that they’re incredibly easy to use.
Chia seeds can absorb up to 10 to 12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like upon absorption. Because of that they’re most commonly used for puddings but since they’re also able to absorb fat, they can be used as egg substitutes. But their gel-like state is not the only way. They can also be sprinkled on top of cereal, yogurt, or any dish really.
That being said, let’s go back to puddings. For a true puddinglike consistency use 3 tablespoons of seeds for 1 cup of liquid. Usually, the liquid would be some sort of milk, either regular cow milk, coconut or almond, depending on your diet and personal preferences. To that you can add cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, any fruit or nuts and the list can go on and on. Let’s start with a simple example.
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 2 bananas
- 6 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Mix the coconut milk, bananas, and cocoa powder until perfectly smooth. Then add the chia seeds and mix gently. Makes a great breakfast for two people.