This “pudding” is two basic ingredients: chia seeds and some sort of milk. I used almond milk, but I have also used coconut milk before–so good! I have also added other ingredients to the basic pudding, including honey or other sweetener, cocoa powder, and dried fruit. I’ve been eating this batch with dried cranberries and brown rice syrup.
Chia seeds are so cool. They absorb a LOT of liquid and form a thick, gel-like substance in record time. No cooking required! Plus, chia seeds are amazingly good for you, as they are rich in essential fatty acids, including omega 3’s. You can find chia seeds in the bulk section of most natural foods stores or well-stocked regular grocery stores. You can probably find them pre-packaged also, but they will probably be more expensive. This pudding is great as a dessert, but I’ve also eaten it for breakfast.
1/4 cup chia seeds
2-2 1/2 cups almond milk
Mix the chia seeds with the milk.
Cover with some foil, and refrigerate for about an hour. If you’d like your pudding thinner, add more milk and allow the pudding to sit longer. Don’t worry too much about adding too much to the seeds–they absorb a lot of liquid. Serve as is, or add dried or fresh fruit (mango is good!), nuts, and/or honey or other sweetener.
Serves 4 small-ish dessert portions.