Updated: Dec 14, 2019
If I don’t eat in the morning, I won't function for the majority of the day.
But, I also don’t have much time in the morning. With prep for the kiddo before school and my personal development time, I have to make mornings as pleasant as possible for all of us! As a result, I’ve become a pro at making quick, easy breakfasts, like three-ingredient scrambled eggs, overnight oats, and most recently, chia pudding.
That last one might sound like it’s meant to be a snack or dessert, but chia pudding is actually perfect for a fast, healthy breakfast. Just like overnight oats, chia pudding is simple to make, requires no cooking, and can be customised with an endless variety of toppings. And, from a health standpoint, chia seeds are phenomenal. One ounce of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fibre, and a ton of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help prevent heart disease.
Raw, the powerful, tiny seeds are hard and crunchy but after they sit in liquid for a few hours, they absorb up to 12 times their weight in moisture and plump up a texture that resembles pudding. But to really get the best consistency, you need the correct ratio of chia seeds to liquid. Too many and you’ll end up with solid chunk of chia seeds; too few: chia soup. Once you combine the chia seeds with liquid, you’ll need to let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for at least four hours before enjoying. To serve, top with your favourite fruits, nuts, or seasonings or layer them parfait-style for the perfect breakfast.
To make the best, basic chia pudding, follow the recipe below. To spice things up and ramp up the flavour, take a look at some of my favourite variations.
Chia Seed Pudding Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None
2 servings, about ¾ cup each
Ingredients: 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk 1 Tbsp. maple syrup ⅓ cup chia seeds ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract (optional)
Preparation: 1. Combine almond milk, maple syrup, chia seeds, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well. 2. Cover bowl; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, mixing after 2 hours. 3. Divide evenly into 2 servings.
Tip: If you add raw cocoa powder more liquid may be required.