It’s the first full week of January, which means you’ve probably got New Year’s Resolutions on the brain! If you’ve got a resolution to eat healthier this year, you’re definitely not alone. Lots of us are determined to make 2016 the year we make better choices about the kinds of foods that we put into our bodies.
If you’re someone whose sweet tooth keeps getting in the way of your healthy eating goals, then you need to make chia pudding a part of your life! It’s creamy, sweet, totally dessert-worthy, and a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without getting off track. Chia seeds are naturally loaded with fibre, protein, and Omega-3, and this chia pudding recipe is naturally vegan-friendly and gluten-free (and paleo-friendly if you skip the vanilla extract and opt for honey over agave nectar). It’s the perfect way to end a meal. Plus, it’s so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast!
Basic Chia Pudding Recipe
- 3 cups non-dairy milk (I like coconut milk or almond milk)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1-2 tablespoons of your favourite natural sweetener (like honey or agave nectar)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then mix again
- Spoon your chia pudding mixture into a sealable container (or a few small jars for pudding on-the-go!)
- Let sit in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours)
- Stir, top with your favourite toppings, and enjoy!
1. Fresh Fruit: Go with your favourite fruit, or mix and match some seasonal fruits to find a combo you love!
2. Pomegranate, Coconut Flakes, and Dark Chocolate: Because sometimes, you just need some chocolate. Inspired by this recipe from Natural Chow, this is a must-make for the chocolate lovers among us.
3. Peanut Butter & Jelly: PB&J is a classic combo that makes everything better – chia pudding included! Top off your next cup of chia pudding with a dollop of fruit jam or jelly and natural peanut butter.
4. Granola: Top your chia pudding off with some granola to take this treat into perfect breakfast territory. If you’re feeling extra-fancy, try layering it into a parfait.
5. Nuts, Seeds, and Dried Fruit: My favourite combo is chopped almonds and dried cranberries, feel free to try this with your personal favourites!