Gracious Living Raw, Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

In Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes by Grace Van Berkum21 Comments

Chia Seeds: Nature’s little powerhouse, are an amazing super-food providing calcium, alkalizing, easily absorbed protein, and anti-aging antioxidants. If you are wondering, yes, this is where the famous Chia pet came from! Chia seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids which are much needed for optimal energy levels, heart health, brain health, and burning fat. Their high fibre content helps to stabilize blood sugar and suppress hunger. Ch-ch-ch-chia!

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Mmmmmm…a healthy, nutrient dense breakfast, snack, or dessert that will provide you with sustainable energy.  An excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids. Here are the ingredients:

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened almond, or cashew milk

1-2 Tbsp maple syrup

1⁄2 tsp real vanilla extract

1⁄4 ground cinnamon

1/4 ground nutmeg

1/4 ground ginger

Toppings:  fresh fruit, and/or fresh coconut, and/or fresh mint.

Variation: Instead of adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, add 1 tsp of raw, organic cocoa powder or carob powder for a chocolate chia pudding.

Preparation: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes so the chia seeds can do their chia magic. Abra-ca-dabra…..they will soak up the moisture and turn into a pudding consistency. Chill (if you can wait!) then serve.

Top with fresh berries of choice , and/or fresh mint leaves, and/or sprinkle fresh grated coconut on top. I like to serve it in a martini glass!

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Comments

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  3. Hi! I’m very excited about this pudding 🙂 I recently bought chia seeds and I have been using them mostly in smoothies, but this is a great alternative as well — quicker — for morning breakfast (or when I lack the other ingredients for a smoothie). Thanks Grace!

  4. I love your recipes, I always add my recipes to pinterest is the there a way for you to add that to your site? Once I click add recipe to my pinterest it is saved for future use and all my friends see and can try also

    1. Author

      Tina! You are so awesome! Thank you. You just inspired me to join pinterest. I have never had a desire,ever, UNTIL you sent me your email so i just figured it out and I”M UP! thanks for the push…it’s a great way to share my recipes! 🙂

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  7. This. Is. DELICIOUS. I’ve made this twice in 2 days! Used your almond milk recipe (which turned out soooo creamy and good, by the way)…I was out of cinnamon and ginger, so I just used nutmeg, and topped it with raspberries. Cannot wait to try it again when I have all the spices! Thanks for another great recipe, Grace 🙂

  8. Do you have any suggestions on how to calculate the nutritional information for the homemade almond milk? I’ve been looking online and the suggested methods vary a great deal. Looking forward to making the pudding tomorrow night!!

    1. Author

      ……instead of counting calories how about asking yourself: is this a live, nutrient dense food? will it nourish my body? will it give me energy, or will it take energy away from my body? will it make me feel light and good, or will it make me feel tired and heavy? 🙂

  9. Any suggestions on how to calculate the nutritional information for your homemade almond milk? I’ve been researching the internet and the responses vary greatly. I’m trying the pudding recipe tomorrow! Can’t wait.

    1. Author

      it really depends on how many almonds you are using, and if you are adding any variations. you can punch in the amounts in any nutrient calculator site. ie. nutrient/caloric value for 1 cup of almonds if you are just using it with water. let me know what you think of the pudding recipe! so many different variations you can do, too! 🙂

  10. Looks beautiful! I’m going to try it. Never made anything with chia seeds before. Do you have any recipes that use hemp seed? Love those!

    1. Author

      Muchas gracias Lola! I LOVE THE POWER PACKED NUTRITION CHIA SEEDS OFFER! I also LOVE the protein and omega 3 fatty acids of hemp seeds! Unfortunately I can not get them here (hemp seeds) in Nicaragua, so I make sure to stock up every time I go home! I sprinkle them on everything…my favourite is sprinkling them on salads and blending in smoothies. Here are a few simple recipes I posted awhile back:

      http://www.gracevanberkum.com/tag/hemp-seeds/

      http://www.gracevanberkum.com/2011/10/25/sweet-superfood-goji-berry-salad/

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