If you haven’t tried this already, you are seriously missing out. Chia seeds are an amazing super food and so beneficial to incorporate into anyone’s diet. These little seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and anti-oxidants. Kids absolutely love chia seed pudding so it is an excellent way to nourish their rapidly growing bodies.
Chia seed pudding can be made so many different ways, so here are some basic tips to remember and feel free to be as creative as you like with it.
- You want to work with a 4:1 or 5:1 ratio when making chia seed pudding. If you like the pudding a little runnier, add 5 parts liquid to 1 part chia seeds. Likewise, if you prefer it on the thicker side, add 4 parts liquid to 1 part chia seeds.
So, here is an example:
If you have 500ml of liquid, then you want to add between 100ml (runny) – 125ml (thick) of chia seeds to the liquid.
- You don’t have to make it with milk. Most recipes will use coconut milk, but you can actually make chia seed pudding with a runny yoghurt or smoothies as well.
- The chia seeds will start to bloom or become gelatinous fairly quickly, so start stirring it immediately to avoid the chia seeds from bonding together and making the pudding clumpy.
Our favourite chia seed pudding combination is a mixture of dates, coconut milk and cocoa with chia seeds. It makes a really sweet and yummy chocolate chia pudding with no refined sugars.
Please give it a try and let us know what your favourite combinations are.
Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 Cups Coconut milk (full fat)
- 1 TBSP Maple Syrup / Rice Malt Syrup / Golden Syrup
- 125 ml Chia Seeds (for thick consistency)
- 100 ml Chia Seeds (for a runnier consistency - ideal for the Pouchee)
- Combine all the ingredients and stir immediately until well combined.
- Place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. The chia seeds will become gelatinous and absorb the liquid. The refrigeration is only required for taste. Feel free to add this to lunch boxes or a Pouchee in the morning. The pudding will be ready by lunch time and still tastes great.
- Add a fruit puree, compote or freshly sliced fruit to the chia seed pudding or simply enjoy it as is.