chia seed pudding.

Well, my month of March – which I hoped would cut back my white flours and white sugars – became the month of no time to be in the kitchen, let alone be creative with my grains and sweeteners. Whoops. Instead it was filled with a whole lot of visiting family, visiting friends, and baby holding. I’m not complaining. I seriously can’t get enough of being the auntie next door to this little one:

As a last ditch effort, I made a little creation that I see all over blogs. It almost became one of those “pinterest fails,” but luckily I salvaged it. I have enjoyed this wonderful alternative to pudding, but I recognize it is not for everyone (cough, my husband, cough). It has a tapioca-like texture, which some people don’t like (I happen to love it). Also, you need to remember that it is an alternative, not pudding itself. Don’t expect a Snack-Pak pudding cup here, but do expect a versatile and healthy sweet treat.

Chia seeds are the “thing” right now (apparently they were the “it” food in 2013). They are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3s, proteins, and a variety of minerals. There is a whole lot packed into that tiny seed, as well as a ton of uses for them! It is definitely worth looking up some creative options and trying to use them in a variety of dishes.

One reason they are easy to use is because they become gelatinous when combined with liquid. They can also absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid. So, combine enough liquid with enough seeds, add a little flavor, and you’ve got pudding!

I followed some simple steps in putting this together, but the mixture reached a point where I thought, “Crap! I’ve been duped. This isn’t pudding at all!” The seeds clumped up, they didn’t absorb the liquid well, and I was left with a sloppy mess. The quick fix: blender, duh! Once I blended the mixture and gave it a little more to sit, it turned out just how I thought it would. Hopefully my blender-blunder will lead to others’ success!

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Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:
3 T chia seeds
2 cups milk (any milk variety would be great! I might try almond milk next time!)
1-2 T honey (or sweetener of choice)
2 t cinnamon
2 t vanilla

Topping options:
Cinnamon
Fresh fruit – blueberries, strawberries, mango, banana
Granola
Dried fruit
Any other options you can imagine!

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Pulse a few times in a blender.
3. Let sit for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Enjoy!
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