Chia pudding recipes have been around for a while, but if you’re like me, you just haven’t gotten around to making it or it doesn’t sound too appealing. For some reason, I gave it a try recently, and now I’m hooked. We think of pudding as a dessert, but chia pudding is great as a snack or part of a meal because chia seeds are high in fiber and contain omega-3 fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein.
There are a number of foods you can add to this pudding to make it more hearty. And you can adjust the sweetness level up or down as much as you like.
The basic recipe is super easy – chia seeds, liquid, and sweetener – and from there you can add nuts, fruit, and more. Just be aware that different additions will affect the consistency. A liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey will make the pudding more runny, so you might want to use less liquid. Nut butter or protein powder will thicken the pudding, so you might want to use more liquid.
Get creative with the additions and use what you have on hand.
- In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds, almond milk, and honey. Let sit for 15 minutes, stirring about half way through.
- Stir in desired add-ins or put on top.
- Any milk or water will work in place of the almond milk.
- Your add-ins will affect the moisture level. If your pudding is too thin after 15 minutes, add a bit more chia seeds and give them time to soak. If it's too thick, stir in more milk. Then adjust your recipe the next time.
- This can be made in advance and refrigerated for on-the-go eating.