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This Chia seed breakfast pudding is made with Almond Milk, Berries and Dried fruits. Deliciously sweet but packed with Fibre, Protein and healthy fats. The perfect start to your morning, or save for a healthy afternoon snack!
Where do Chia seeds Come From ?
Lets first talk about Chia seeds. What are they? and where do they come from? Chia seeds come from a desert plant called Salvia Hispanica, also called Salba Chia or Mexican Chia, it is a beautiful tall reaching plant, with flowers that are purple or white. Chia seeds are harvested once the flowers die back and reveal the seeds within.
Their origin is believed to be in Central America where the seed was once a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. Chia seeds were a main component of the Aztec diet and were the basic survival ration of the tribes warriors. It is believed that just 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds could sustain a warrior for 24 hours- The Aztec Superfood! The seeds were considered a wonder due to their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time. Is it any surprise that they are still a popular diet staple to this day?
The Aztecs would consume the Chia seeds in many different forms, including grinding them into flour, mixing them with water and pressing them for Oil. They would also use Chia seeds for Medicinal purposes, to help with ailments such as Muscle ache, Joint pain and Sore skin. So precious was the Chia seed, that it was often given as a tribute, from the tribe to the rulers as a mark of their sacred loyalty.
Today Chia seeds are grown commercially in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Australia and the United States.
Health Benefits Of Chia seeds
Chia seeds are a wonderful source of fibre, they can help improve Heart health, support intestinal health and even reduce Cholesterol levels.
Looking to lose weight? Fibre takes much longer to digest, which in turn makes you feel satisfied for longer, which is why consuming Chia seeds can help keep you on track and away from the snacks! As little as 1 ounce of Chia Seeds a day is equal to 39% of your recommended daily allowance of Fibre! The special soluble fibre in the seeds absorb water, so when you eat them, they expand in your stomach and increase the feeling of fullness.
Antioxidants found in Chia seeds can help to fight free radicals. Free radicals in your body can cause oxidative stress and cell damage. Eating foods like Chia seeds which are rich in antioxidants helps to reduce your risk of developing health issues associated with free radicals, including cognitive decline, heart disease and some types of cancer.
How to eat Chia seeds
Chia seeds can be eaten raw by sprinkling them on Porridge or Smoothies, But mostly people tend to Soak the Chia seeds, this is what we are going to do for this recipe.
How to Make Chia Seed Pudding
The great thing about this Chia Seed Pudding, is its so easy to make! It can be made ahead of time, by batch making and placing in individual Jars, to eat throughout the week. It will keep for at least 5 days in the fridge. Make on a Sunday, for Mon-Friday breakfasts.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe
- Chia Seeds of Course! I eat a lot of Chia seeds so I like to bulk buy, try these Chia Seeds
- Almond Milk Other healthy alternatives could be, Oat milk, Soy Milk, Skimmed Milk, Coconut Milk. This Chia seed Pudding will suit almost any kind of milk.
- Honey For a little extra sweetness, you could switch for Maple syrup, or Golden syrup if you’d prefer
- Vanilla I used vanilla extract
The Basic steps
- Put the Chia seeds, Milk, Honey and Vanilla in a bowl, stir well
- Leave in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours
- Stir and top with mixed fruits of your choice
What does Chia Seed Pudding taste like?
My Chia Breakfast Pudding has a creamy, very slight seedy texture. With a sweet flavour and a delicate hint of Vanilla, delicious cold or warmed.
What to serve Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding in
If you want to mix things up a bit, here are some topping ideas for Chia Seed Pudding
- Peanut Butter
- Mixed Berries
Why You’ll love this Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
- Its good for you! Super food wholegrains, packed with Vitamins and minerals
- It can be prepared ahead of time Prep on a weekend for your weekday breakfasts
- Its Easy Zero skill required and minimal ingredients needed
- Flavour– Its yummy!
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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
For The Chia Pudding
- 125 ml Almond Milk
- 25 g Chia Seeds
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Honey
- Mixed Berries
- Put The Chia Seeds, Milk, Vanilla and Honey in a bowl or jar and stir well, pop in the fridge overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
- After at least six hours, stir and op with mixed fruits and Raisins * Top tip! I like to add frozen berries, then pop in the microwave for 40 seconds for a warm start to the day….Delicious.