Chia Pudding Tips

Chia pudding seems to still hold strong for many and to be honest it’s been a while since I had some, until I started this flourless and dairy-less Lent journey (I am on Day 15 by the way). These little seeds are packed full of nutrients and benefits, but it’s not for everyone! When introducing a new food, always listen to your body and see how it reacts to it, not everyone can tolerate foods in the same way. If you are unsure, it’s always a good idea to seek a professional about it.

For those who like chia pudding, but sometimes struggle how to do it or what to put in it, I am sharing a few tips that have helped me along the way. These tips are solely based on my own experience, therefore, it may or may not work for everyone!

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Chia Pudding Tips

Seed vs. Liquid Ratio

I normally do 1/4 cup of chia seeds per 1 cup of non-dairy milk. I like to use unsweetened almond milk as my liquid.

First add liquid, then chia seeds and mix!

If  the mixture is getting too thick, I will mix in a little extra milk until it is the consistency I want. If it is too thin, you could add a little more chia seeds OR I throw in some rolled oats. It does the trick too!

Flavour

I use unsweetened almond milk and add other flavours to my pudding.

My go to sweetener is maple syrup! I like to be patriotic, hehe. I will add the maple syrup and mix it in before it sets.

I usually add 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup for 1 cup of milk.

I sometimes add a TINY pinch of sea salt, just to boost the flavour of the pudding. Salt allows other flavours to really pop, so give it a try!

Setting it overnight

This is where I often find people have some issues. A lot of recipes online state to add chia seeds and liquid, combine the two and set overnight. When I follow that instruction and I wake up in the morning there have been times where I find a giant chia ball in the middle of my almond milk. No thank you.

If you are making your chia pudding the night before so you can enjoy it for breakfast, I suggest you make it a couple of hours before bed.

First off, keep your mixture in a closed container, a lot of people like to use mason jars. I use whatever is in front of me, either a glass container, a mason jar or bottle of some sort.

Then you either need a whisk to stir it or just shake it. The key here is you will want to shake or stir the mixture at least 2 more times before you head off to dream land.

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To Blend or not to Blend?

To be honest, I like both.

If I am making a chocolate chia pudding, I will blend it. It is a lot smoother and it tastes more like a classic chocolate pudding.

If I am eating it for breakfast and am adding fruit, granola, hemp seeds, etc. then I will leave it the way it is.

BUT, if the texture is what bothers you, I honestly recommend you try blending it first before you completely say no to chia pudding. At least you say you tried! If you are blending it, I would just add the milk and chia seeds to set overnight and then add all your flavours in the blender the next day (or a few hours later).

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Toppings

This is definitely a personal choice. But I’ll let you know what I like to add to it in the morning.

Fruit! Any fruit is a great topping. Banana, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, peaches, grapes, apples, pear, the list can go on and on!

I also like to add my toasted granola (search back to school oats for recipe) and some hemp seeds to add a little extra crunch and nutty flavour on top. Plus, I am getting a little extra protein and more nutrients into my breakfast. Last but not least, I will either drizzle a little honey or a touch of organic maple syrup on top.

Hope these tips will help you!

Enjoy!

Antonietta xo

 

 

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