Are you familiar with chia? Besides the pet. ;) I’ve been seeing a lot of chia puddings out there these days, and for good reason. These little seeds boast so many healthful properties – tons of protein, fibre, Omega 3′s, antioxidants and much, much more. I’ve tried a couple different versions, even chocolate ones, but this was the first chia pudding that turned out just right for me and that we actually found crave worthy. It’s delicious on it’s own but the addition of in-season strawberries doesn’t hurt one bit.
These little seeds get a gel coating that expands as they soak up the liquid, turning milk into the thickness of pudding. The end result is very reminiscent of tapioca pudding except that the chia seeds retain their crunch. Keep in mind that while they are perfectly fine to eat without soaking them first, they can potentially dehydrate you, because of their eagerness to soak up surrounding liquids. But, this shouldn’t be a problem as long as you make sure you’re drinking lot’s of water, which you should be anyways!
Growing up, my mom used to chop up our fresh hauls of strawberries and toss them in sugar. I’d eagerly wait for them to soften and release their juices so we could start spooning them onto ice cream, pancakes, or anything we could get our grubby little hands on. Going with the healthier theme of this dessert I decided to toss them in honey just to give them that little bit of extra oomph they need to become soft and saucy. This is also one of our favourite topping for homemade yogurt.
With all the warm days ahead this is a refreshing, energizing and healthful treat to help power you through your day.
P.S. I buy my chia seeds from Costco. You should also be able to find them at your local health food store.
Vanilla Chia Pudding with Honeyed Strawberries
- 2 cups milk (or almond milk)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
In a medium sized bowl or tupperware container, whisk honey and vanilla into milk until honey is dissolved. Gradually whisk in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, whisking to break up clumps after one hour.
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
Mix together strawberries and honey in a small bowl. Let sit five minutes, stirring occasionally, until strawberries have softened and release their juices. Spoon over pudding to serve.
Makes: 4 servings
Pudding adapted from Weelicious.