04 January 2012

vanilla chia pudding

have you tried chia pudding yet?  if you have, then you likely either love it or you hate it.  {and if you haven't, newsflash: you're either going to love it or hate it.}  chia seeds have quite the texture... quite the, je ne sais quoi to them that some people find hard to handle.  just ask m - he's not a fan.  sometimes i can sneak them into our morning smoothie {especially easy to do when i throw a kiwi in because he thinks he's just crunching on kiwi seeds} - i'm not intentionally deceptive otherwise, promise.  anyways i stray.

i made this up yesterday as a midmorning snack/part two of my breakfast once my smoothie digested.  there must have been chia in the air, because then i saw that JL has mentioned on facebook that she was possibly one of the chia-fearing folk & linked up to gena's blog choosing raw for a whole series of pudding recipes including one for strawberry ginger chia pudding.  yum!

this pudding has a texture that others have compared to tapioca, but seeing as i don't think i've ever had tapioca, i can't confirm.  but i can confirm this to be a healthy sweet treat perfect for just about any time of day.

vanilla chia pudding with seeds & goji berries
makes 1 serving
2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
6-8 drops nunaturals vanilla stevia
{or replace with any other sweetener to taste: agave, maple syrup, etc}
1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp goji berries

whisk together the chia, milk, vanilla & sweetener and set aside for 30 minutes or more*.  top with seeds & goji berries.  eat pudding.  i've been enjoying this as a mid morning snack but it's also a nice after dinner dessert.  or breakfast.  or afternoon snack.

*chia are incredible little seeds that can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid!  the longer you wait the thicker {and more gelatinous} the pudding will get.  the biggest reason i like to wait about 30 minutes for my chia pudding to "set" is because if the seeds don't swell up before i eat them, i've found they continue to bulk up after i eat them.  in my stomach.  and for me, this can lead to a belly ache.  just ask any of my running mates.  last year i told them all about chia seed pudding and how wonderful it was, and then one day i ate some without letting it bulk up first on my way to one of our runs and my belly was so full and bloated i had to walk most of the run!  lesson learned.

phew - that's 2 lessons learned in 2 days.  not bad 2012, not bad at all.... 
{you can see my first lesson here}

special mention & thank you to my lovely friend emily who falls into the not a big chia fan group.  because of her i have a big bulk package of seeds since they were only collecting dust on her shelf.

but you know what they say, one woman's trash is another woman's... pudding?

 shared at wellness weekends...


  1. I love chia seeds! I normally put them in my oatmeal and let them soak overnight.

  2. i never had chia pudding, but i have had chia kombucha. i'm not sure if i like chia seeds actually..i think the texture confuses my mouth..haha ;)

  3. Okay, 2012 is the year for chia pudding! You have convinced me. Can you believe that I have yet to try it? Now I must bookmark this and finally try it...

  4. yes! they're great in overnight oats!

    chia kombucha? would that be like bubble tea-ish? i'm not sure i would like that either... i like the texture in a solid state, but little floating, gelatinous chia seeds might freak me out!

    there you go, you've called it now cara: "the year of the chia"! let me know me know if you're a lover or a hater once you try it ;)

  5. I have never had chia seeds before! I have never even seen them here. I would like to try them though, your pudding sounds delicious.

  6. I had chia pudding for breakfast today - such an easy, quick breakfast - except for the sitting part. If you put it in a mason jar or tupperware, it can soak on your way to work though!

  7. So many people talking about chia pudding lately!! It was going to be my first breakfast after my little juice fast, but since my Vita is coming in the mail I think I have to make a smoothie. Soon though, I will rekindle my chia pudding love!

  8. I misread the title and thought it said Vanilla "Chai" Pudding which sounded amazing. But after rereading and learning it was a "Chia" pudding I super excited. I love me a chia pudding (but you're right...just not before running I learned the hard way too)

  9. I have yet to make it myself, but have eaten it at raw potlucks. I LOVE chia pudding! The texture is amazing, and I love that it's so versatile. You can add all kinds of flavours to it :)

  10. mihl, we need to do something about that!

    great tip heather!

    yes kaitlyn, you definitely need to break in that vitamixer! the pudding can wait :)

    mmmm chai chia.... perhaps a match made in heaven?

  11. I have never tried them either. Do they taste like bubble tea? That is what they remind me of. Pretty photo :)

  12. Mmmm ... I'm a fan of chia pudding. Love how it looked like baby roses on top when I first glanced at the photo. Okay, so maybe I was the only one with that thought :-)

  13. You're very welcome, Jess! I'm happy to make a contribution towards your lovely post. It feels very summery!

  14. i've not tried chia yet.. its on my next to try this year. these days i get super busy just figuring out how to use up my local produce.. lots of greens and squashes..
    from the pictures it does look like tapioca.. the small tapioca pearls get all gelatinous and full too. as i was writing this comment i remembered an indian dessert called falooda, and i looked up the hindi name for chia.. and someone apparently says that the sabja seeds in falooda are chia.. i am intrigued.. i need to verify this..coz then that would mean i already ate a bunch of chia while growing up!

  15. I fall into the chia lover category. I love them in pudding, oatmeal and smoothies. Yum :)

  16. This was a nice reminder that I haven't had chai seeds since this summer. I went through a overnight oats phase a while back and was eating them everyday for a while. So yummy!

  17. thanks kirsten! i've never tried bubble tea, but i imagine their texture to be something like that.

    i'm looking for those baby roses shannonmarie, but i still can't find them... is this like one of those optical illusion posters that you have to go cross-eyed for? ;)

    let me know what you find out richa, i'm intrigued too!

    nikki & maggie ~ glad i've got so many lovers on my side :)

  18. Mmmm, I love chia pudding. And I love the idea of adding goji berries. Talk about a power breakfast!

  19. I love using chia seeds in baking, oatmeal and smoothies but have yet to try them in pudding! One day I will though. This version sounds yummy.

  20. Just so you know, I have finally been able to cross off chia seed pudding on my "things to finally try" list. And let me tell, I love it! I put a tsp raw cacao powder in, slice up some almonds and a banana, drizzle some agave and I am in HEAVEN. I thank you every morning I make this for inspiring me to finally try it.

    1. awesome, you tried it! love the cacao & almond variation.
      what's next on your "things to finally try" list?

  21. This looks delicious. Great photography.
    I love adding chia seeds to my smoothies, but will for sure try this pudding!

  22. I belong to the I-don't-like-them-group but this pudding looks really nice, much better than the one I had. Maybe I should give it another try...

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  48. I used 1 percent milk and it's been 4 hours and still hasn't expanded much. Help? Was I supposed to do anything else?

    1. strange, i have never had that happen to me! maybe try out another batch and use less liquid - the only thing i can think of is maybe your chia seeds are older or less absorbent?

  49. I feel like I'm coming late to the party. Have just tried my first pudding and oh yum!! Will definitely put your recipe on my 'to cook' list.