Let's talk chia seeds. We've covered the numerous benefits of this ancient superfood before, but everyone should have a basic chia seed recipe in their repertoire. It requires very little effort to prepare and is so versatile! You'll understand why we're so obsessed.
Chia seeds can absorb 9 times their weight in liquid, but for making chia pudding we like to stick with a 1:6 ratio (You can always adjust it to vary the consistency, but for this recipe we're going for a tapioca like viscosity).
For a single serving, you'll need:
3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup of liquid*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon sweetener (this is optional! but you could try maple syrup or honey)
*The liquid is up to you and will vary based on preference and dietary restrictions. We'd recommend plant-based milks like almond, cashew and coconut milk.
- In a bowl or mason jar, mix together chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. If you’re using a mason jar, you can put the lid on and shake the mixture to combine everything. You may have to scrape the sides to get the seeds back into the liquid.
- Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, and give it another stir to break up any clumps of chia seeds. Cover it and put the mixture in the fridge to “set-up” for 1-2 hours, or overnight.
To adjust the consistency, just add more chia seeds, stir and refrigerate for another 30 minutes or so, or add more liquid to thin it out.
- When ready to serve, divide the mixture between two bowls, top the pudding with berries, nuts, seeds, yogurt, or not. You're in charge here, use your imagination.
- Want to make more? Maintain that ratio when doubling or tripling the recipe and it will set up the same as a single batch.
Now it's your turn. Use this as a launching point and make some wonderful creations. Is it breakfast? Dessert? You decide!