I have a huge sweet tooth and am always looking for treats that don’t make me feel terrible after I eat them. Don’t get me wrong, I love to have a huge piece of cake or a whole pint of ice cream from time to time, but I can’t (well I can, but I shouldn’t) indulge in treats like that daily. My new favorite treat is chia pudding. It is super easy, but also not too bad for ya. Really it is not bad for you at all, especially if you make smart milk and sweetener choices. I have made quite a few rounds of chia pudding, and I have found this to be the best (at least to my taste buds).
The bonus to this pudding is the benefits of the superfood, chia. Chia is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and they are high in antioxidants. Not to mention, chia makes you feel full, since it can absorb a ton of liquid. Trust me, chia seeds are the bomb, just google “health benefits of chia seeds,” and a ton of info will pop up, as there are many more reasons to eat chia. Chia seeds are also great in oatmeal, smoothies, and on top of a ton of foods!
Here’s how you make this delicious chia pudding. You will need milk, chia, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener, and a mango.
Combine the chia seeds and milk in a bowl.
Once combined, add cinnamon, vanilla and stevia. Stir until combined. (I sometimes stir with a fork, as it combines the chia and cinnamon a bit better into the milk.)
Cover the milk/chia mixture and place it in the refrigerator. While your pudding is chilling, dice up mango. Set aside in the refrigerator, until pudding is ready.
After one hour in the refrigerator, stir your pudding. It should have already started to gel. Then, refrigerate 2-3 more hours, until the mixture has fully gelled and is pudding-like. Stir right before eating, and top with mango. Then, enjoy!
You really can top this pudding with any diced fruit. I can’t wait until summer when berries and stone fruit are in season! Oh, the delicious possibilities!
- 2 cups of non-dairy milk (my favorite is a almond/coconut milk blend by Almond Breeze)
- 1/2 cups chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp stevia (or adjust to the sweetness level you like)*
- 1 mango
- Combine the chia seeds and milk in a bowl. Once combined, add cinnamon, vanilla and stevia. Stir until combined.
- Cover the milk/chia mixture, and place it in the refrigerator.
- While pudding is chilling, dice up mango. Set aside in the refrigerator, until pudding is ready.
- After one hour in the refrigerator, stir your chia/milk mixture. It should already started to gel.
- Then, refrigerate 2-3 more hours, until mixture has fully gelled and is pudding-like.
- Stir right before eating, and top with mango.
- I used stevia, but there are other options you could use to sweeten this pudding that are still much better choices than white sugar. Other sweeteners: Maple Syrup, Agave nectar, honey, or dates/date sugar.