Basic Chia Seed Pudding, flavoured with coconut and topped
with fresh berries.
This Lila, Chop! recipe
for beginners will surprise you with how delightfully
healthy can be.
Eat it for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert;
you'll not only be treating your taste-buds,
you'll also be doing your body a huge favour.
That's because chia seeds are loaded with fibre,
protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various
micro-nutrients, making them one of the world's most
So with just 3 minutes to prepare and 60-minutes to overnight
in the fridge, dessert for breakfast doesn't get
Better yet, you can use this basic recipe as a template
for any chia pudding — the flavour variations are
|Tbsp||raw chia seeds|
|ml||light coconut milk, or|
|ml||almond, rice, soy, or low-fat milk|
|drops||liquid stevia, or|
|tsp||organic maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey (optional, for sweetness)|
|cup||fresh berries or any chopped fruit of choice|
|serving||almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, or pistachio nuts|
|tsp||unsweetened shredded coconut|
|generous||dusting of ground cinnamon, cardamom, or cacao powder (optional extra)|
|1||min||Whisk base ingredients together in a bowl.|
|1||min||Pour this mixture into serving glasses and cover with plastic wrap.|
|60||min||Refrigerate overnight or for at least 60 minutes.|
|1||min||Remove plastic wrap and top with fruit, nuts, coconut, and whatever other toppings you desire!|
|63||min total||Dig in, because dessert for breakfast never looked so good!|
Recipe Tip 1: Chia Pudding Consistency
As a general rule of thumb, use 1 cup (240ml) liquid to 3 Tablespoons chia seeds to make any chia pudding. However, depending on what liquid you use, you might need to adjust these proportions to achieve the desired consistency. If you find it too runny, simply add another couple of teaspoons of chia seeds. On the other hand, if you find it too firm or dense, simply add more liquid. Remember, chia puddings should neither resemble gazpacho soup nor cake. Instead, it should be easy enough to spoon out like tapioca pudding, but this will only happen after you give the chia seeds the right amount of liquid and the right amount of time to soak up this liquid. Anywhere between 60 minutes to 12 hours works!
Recipe Tip 2: Pimp my Pudding
Once you've achieved your chia pudding base, the flavour variations are endless. Simply add whatever flavours you want to the pudding base (spices, sweeteners, cacao, coffee, syrup, or fruit). Then top with whatever toppings you like. I like to top mine with a combination of fruit, spices, and nuts, such as almonds or walnuts. But why not try dark chocolate, peanut butter, or half a chopped up Quest protein bar? You can even try sprinkling your favourite protein powder on top or mixing it in with the base liquid to up the protein content.
Here are some links to my favourite chia pudding recipes: