I recently began to experiment with chia pudding, and found out pretty quickly that it is a great option for a hearty and easily customizable breakfast. If you were like me a few weeks ago, and don’t know what chia pudding is, don’t be alarmed. Yes, they are the same seeds as used in the Cha-Cha-Chia pets we grew up seeing on the infomercials. But, chia is actually a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants! (A quick Google search yields countless articles about their health benefits if you are interested in doing further research.) Many people love adding these baby seeds to their yogurts and shakes. However, I was looking for a more satisfying option, and stumbled upon the pudding concept while following some of my favorite healthy eating blogs online. Chia forms a thick texture when soaked overnight, hence the name “chia pudding.”
My first few attempts at chia pudding tasted great, but had a bit of a slimy mouth feel. After some trial and error, however, I came up with a few rather delicious – if I do say so myself – recipes & can’t wait to develop some more! What I love best about chia pudding is that you can throw it together in about a minute and just let it do its own thing in the refrigerator overnight. All you have to do is remember to grab a spoon in the morning and you are set! Even better, chia pudding can be made with just about any flavorings you prefer – vanilla, peanut butter cup, mango, and pina colada are just a few I have tried. And, it is incredibly satisfying; both my husband and I agreed that it kept us full and energized until lunch.
Below is my recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding, which I topped with almonds for some crunch. I hope you enjoy!
- 1/3 cup coconut almond milk (My favorite is Almond Breeze, which is only 60 calories per serving!)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 5-7 frozen black cherries
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 small pinch of sliced almonds (or whatever nut you prefer)
Defrost the cherries in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Add cherries, their juices, and the rest of the ingredients into a container (I prefer mason jars for this!), and close tightly. Give it a good shake so that all the ingredients are mixed together. I prefer things not too sweet, and think the cherries with their juices gives it the perfect level, but if you like things on the sweeter size feel free to add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of your favorite sweetener. Leave in the refrigerator overnight. Top with sliced almonds (or whatever nut you prefer) prior to serving.
xo – SavvySleever
P.S. Can’t wait to hear what you think!