This dairy free Chocolate and Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait is the perfect breakfast or healthy dessert!
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 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.
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.
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!
For the Chocolate Chia Pudding
For the Vanilla Chia Pudding
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 10mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 21g Protein: 5g
- 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:
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