What I love about Chia Seed Puddings are their versatility! They take only minutes to prepare, have so many variations, and after sitting and setting in your fridge overnight, can serve as a delicious (and very healthful!) breakfast, snack or dessert.
Chia seeds, beyond being a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and protein, possess a mucilaginous property. When soaked in water, they will absorb 9-12x their weight in water, due to the fact that they contain soluble fiber.[i] As a result, they form a gel-like substance that is highly soothing and supportive for the digestive tract.[ii]
After trying out a few different recipes, I’ve created my very own below, just for you!
Ingredients (serves 2):
2 cups almond milk (I used homemade almond milk – you may visit my “Nut/Seed Milks” category to learn how to do this yourself)
½ cup chia seeds
4 tbsp. raw carob powder (Adjust this ingredient as needed, for you)
1 tsp. slippery elm powder (I buy this in bulk at my local health food store, since I use such small amounts at a time)
Sprinkling of sea salt (I used pink, Himalayan sea salt)
1 tbsp. raw, unpasteurized honey (Or other natural sweetener - add, to taste, as desired)
Toppings: Unsweetened, shredded coconut and blueberries
*Toppings are very versatile: any type of fruit, nut or seed could serve as a topping - experiment!
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, with the exception of the toppings.
Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Store, covered, in the refrigerator overnight, so that the chia seeds have ample time to absorb the milk, soften and expand.
*If preparing during the day to enjoy later the same day, just ensure the pudding has at least a few hours to sit, refrigerated. You will know it has set fully when the pudding resembles tapioca pudding, in terms of appearance and texture.
Raw carob powder – rich in phosphorus, calcium, Vitamin E; improves digestion and reduces cholesterol level in the blood; possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral properties[i]
Slippery elm powder – contains a substance called “mucilage”, becoming gel-like when mixed with water; soothes and coats the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines[ii]
Raw, unpasteurized honey – possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties
Pink (Himalayan) Sea Salt – contains numerous essential minerals, balances body pH and electrolytes, eliminates toxins, increases circulation and supports nutrient absorption[iii]
Unsweetened, shredded coconut – source of needed saturated fat; possesses anti-fungal antimicrobial and antiviral properties; energy-boosting and metabolism boosting[iv]
Blueberries – possesses antioxidant properties; rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese[v]
I'd love to hear what your favourite variations are!
[i] Health Benefits of Carob. Retrieved February 13, 2016 from http://www.realrawfood.com/health-benefits-carob
[ii] Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra). Retrieved February 13, 2016 from http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-slippery-elm.html
[iii] Himalayan Pink Salt. Retrieved February 11, 2016 from https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/himalayan-pink-salt/profile
[iv] Health Benefits of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut. Retrieved February 13, 2016 from http://www.paleoplan.com/ingredients/unsweetened-shredded-coconut/
[v] Blueberries. Retrieved February 13, 2016 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8