Watching those Chia Head commercials growing up, did you ever imagine it would become the next Super Food? Did you know what a Super Food or Kale was? Chances are you didn’t. I know I didn’t and my parents were always into healthy food.
Per your request, here is the basic recipe (and some fun options) for the chia pudding I tricked my kids into eating. It’s not really a trick…it’s just reverse psychology. I eat it. It’s MY food. Then they want it.
Oh and in case you didn’t know, I wanted to trick my kids into eating it because it is full of healthy plant protein, antioxidants and omegas.
1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup liquid (water or non dairy milk)
liquid: water, unsweetened chocolate or vanilla almond or rice milk
sweetener: maple syrup or agave nectar
sweet: cinnamon, sliced fruit and berries
other: nuts and toasted unsweetened coconut
Always add the sweetener and fruit right before serving.
2 great versions that I love:
1. Chocolate Banana: Use unsweetened chocolate almond milk, agave nectar and bananas.
2. Vanilla Berry: Use unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup, blueberries and strawberries.
Mix the chia seeds with the water (or milk substitute) and place the bowl in the fridge to firm up. The minimum for this is 10 minutes, but the longer you leave it in, the firmer it will become. For breakfast, it’s easiest to make this the night before. Then, in the morning, just pull it out and add any optional ingredients of your choice. If making it as a dessert, put the pudding together and in the fridge before you start making the meal.
You’ll want to mix it well when you take it out of the fridge. In addition, if you are leaving it in for longer than the 10 minutes, feel free to give it a mix once or twice if you think of it.
Let me know on my Facebook page which combinations work for you and your family!