Monday, September 16, 2013

Chia Breakfast Pudding

I saw online that you can make an oatmeal-like "pudding" from chia seeds. I am trying to find some good healthy, easy breakfasts, so I decided to give this a try (and discovered that for 1/4 cup, chia seeds have 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber!). I worried that the texture might make me gag (like lukewarm oatmeal sometimes does), but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead, the chia has a bit of a crunch, and the fruit broke up the gel enough that I didn't really notice it; this may even be my new favorite breakfast. 

Here's what I did: 

1. Mix 1/4 cup chia seeds with 2/3 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but apparently you can also use water, hot or cold)
2. Stir until all seeds are covered. 
3. Refrigerate for 10 minutes (I stirred the seeds at about 3 minutes and 7 minutes to make sure all were gelling equally). 
4. Remove from refrigerator, add toppings, and enjoy (I used bananas, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and I sweetened it with agave nectar, which I think helped make it so good. Next time I think I want to try peaches and coconut...).

- Shelley

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