Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia – Chia Pet!

What does one do when you receive 20lbs of chia seeds from a long time client and friend? My first thought was excitement! I love that magical mini seed; magical because it can absorb 9-12 times its weight in water. My second thought, oh shit, what am I going to do with 20lbs of chia seeds?

Chia seeds

As a kid I was the proud owner of my very own Chia Pet! Putting all your jealousy- er laughter aside, I adored my chia pet. I watched it grow, sprouting that long beautiful green “fur.” In my youth I had no idea my adorable pet was made from something edible (warning – the seeds sold with Chia Pet may not be consumable), let alone a superfood. Superfoods are rich in nutrients, a little goes a long way. These foods help us achieve better health, can help fight chronic disease and many are considered antioxidants. In short, superfoods are known to make us feel better. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein and fiber. Some benefits include: heart and digestive health, stronger teeth and bones, healthy skin and may boost energy and metabolism.

Short of starting my very own chia garden I had to act fast and find new creative ways to ingest this seed. I started sprinkling it on and in everything: salads, fruit, oatmeal, parfaits, batters you get the gist. One day a craving kicked in and I suddenly wanted dessert. Thus my experimentation with chia pudding was born. Pudding out my ears, I had some misses but several hits and boy were my cravings satisfied. Of course I decided to share my hits with you all. My top three favorites are: Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding, Mango Coconut Chia Pudding and Blackberry Chia Pudding. Continue reading for the recipes and details. As always, enjoy!

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Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk OR preferred milk
  • 1/4 cup of Chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp of peanut butter OR preferred nut butter
  • 1 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Optional – Top with fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin seeds or granola.

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Cover in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. You want a pudding like consistency.
  3. Eat as is or garnish with toppings of your choice.

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Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

For the chia pudding

  • 2 cups of coconut milk OR preferred milk
  • 1/3 cup of Chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup

For the mango puree

  • 2 cups of mango
  • 2 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Optional – Top with fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, pumpkin seeds or granola.

Instructions:

  1. Blend the coconut milk, chia seeds and maple syrup in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Cover the chia and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. You want a pudding like consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, blend the mango, maple syrup and coconut flakes in a blender until smooth.
  4. Cover the mango puree and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, layer the mango puree and chia pudding mixture in a dish.
  6. Eat as is or garnish with toppings of your choice.

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Blackberry Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

For the chia pudding

  • 2 cups of coconut milk OR preferred milk
  • 1/3 cup of Chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup

For the blackberry puree

  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh squeezed orange juice or water
  • Optional – Top with fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, pumpkin seeds or granola.

Instructions:

  1. Blend the coconut milk, chia seeds and maple syrup in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Cover the chia and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. You want a pudding like consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, blend the blackberries, honey and orange juice in a blender. Depending on preference you can leave chunks or blend until pureed.
  4. Cover the blackberry puree and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, layer the blackberry puree and chia pudding mixture in a dish.
  6. Eat as is or garnish with toppings of your choice.

-Michele

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