Chocolate & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

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This dairy free Chocolate and Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait is the perfect breakfast or healthy dessert!

Chia seeds turn milk into pudding just like magic! Using chia seeds you can make a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and even vegan pudding that is good for you. Full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium and lots of other nutrients this is a dessert that makes a very healthy and tasty breakfast. Even better, it only takes 5 minutes to mix up!Have you used chia seeds (for anything other than a pet or uncle Si beard)? They are awesome! I never really thought of them as food, until about 5 years ago. I saw a naturopath who helped me with digestive issues (now I know that all that intestinal damage was from gluten) and one of the things he recommended to me was to eat chia seeds. He said to just take a handful of them, chew them, and swallow. That worked…but when chia seeds get wet they swell up and absorb liquid so I would end up with a mouthful of gum. Nice nutty gum.

More recently chia seeds have been proclaimed a super food and cancer fighter. They are anti-inflammatory, high in fiber and good for digestion, and packed full of nutrients like calcium, omega 3’s, phosphorus, manganese, protein, potassium, iron, and antioxidants.

Chia seeds turn milk into pudding just like magic! Using chia seeds you can make a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and even vegan pudding that is good for you. Full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium and lots of other nutrients this is a dessert that makes a very healthy and tasty breakfast. Even better, it only takes 5 minutes to mix up!

Chia seeds also work as a egg replacer in some baking recipes. Just mix 1/2 Tbs of GROUND chia seeds with 2 Tbs of water and mix really well.

Chia seeds turn milk into pudding just like magic! Using chia seeds you can make a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and even vegan pudding that is good for you. Full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium and lots of other nutrients this is a dessert that makes a very healthy and tasty breakfast. Even better, it only takes 5 minutes to mix up!

All in all, chia seeds are a great health resource and I’ve been using them a lot more the past month.
I recently discovered the concept of Chia pudding. You may have seen recipes floating around the internet, it is a really simple concept. Mix seeds with milk and a little sweetener and let it sit overnight (or a few hours.) The seeds absorb liquid and swell up (like I mentioned above.) So when you add them to milk the seeds swell up with milk, and thicken the milk around them making a tasty treat that I think is the perfect snack or breakfast.

Chia seeds turn milk into pudding just like magic! Using chia seeds you can make a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and even vegan pudding that is good for you. Full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium and lots of other nutrients this is a dessert that makes a very healthy and tasty breakfast. Even better, it only takes 5 minutes to mix up!

It is probably better for me than whatever we would normally eat. Even Miss E love it! When I was photographing this recipe yesterday afternoon she helped me eat the leftover pudding. She kept on asking for more, which is super adorable because she still signs it too.  She was so sad when it was all gone. This recipe is going to become a breakfast staple around here!

Chocolate & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
 
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This dairy free Chocolate and Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait is the perfect breakfast or healthy dessert!
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Serves: serves 2
Ingredients
For the Chocolate Chia Pudding
  • ½ c. almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs. honey (or maple syrup or whatever sweetener you like, to taste)
  • 1 Tbs. cocoa powder
For the Vanilla Chia Pudding
  • ½ c. almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs. honey (or maple syrup or whatever sweetener you like, to taste)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the chocolate pudding in one container (I love using mason jars.)
  2. Mix very well so that the chia seeds don't clump (I tried just shaking my mason jar, that didn't do it.)
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the vanilla pudding in the same manner.
  4. Let sit in the refrigerator a few hours or overnight.
  5. Serve both pudding together, layered in the same bowl.

Notes:

  • I’ve seen lots of recipes online for chia seed pudding so I didn’t adapt just one, it is such a simple concept. However I do want to give credit to My Whole Food Life, her recipe was the first that I remember seeing. And it looks delicious!
  • Be careful of is to mix the seeds very well IMMEDIATELY after you add them to the milk. They start to absorb the milk immediately and if you don’t stir them they can get sticky and gum together. 
  • Feel free to adapt this recipe to include whatever you have on hand. Use your favorite milk, and your favorite sweetener to make this recipe compliant with whatever lifestyle you lead. You can also add another half -one TBS of chia seeds if you want a really thick pudding.
  • If you want, garnish your pudding with a little shaved chocolate. Totally optional, but so good. Use dairy free chocolate, if necessary.

Here are some other great chocolate recipes that may or may not be eaten for breakfast at our house:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins from Flippin' Delicious

 

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Coconut Chocolate Shake from Flippin' Delicious

 

Gluten-Free Cranberry Chocolate Muffins from Flippin' Delicious

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