Chia, chia, chia!! I will admit I was hesitant to try them, at first. I purchased a whole bag, set some in water to soak overnight and then totally wimped out from trying them. I threw away the ones I had soaked and stuffed the unused bag into the back of the fridge — for a LONG time. I don’t know why, they just didn’t look all that appetizing after being soaked in water and I wasn’t will to risk having a bad taste in my mouth.
And then I started making changes in my diet and needed some new breakfast ideas that:
- FAST to make and portable
- High in fiber
- Included protein
- Contained good, healthy fats
- And didn’t include BREAD (gluten)
So, I summoned up the courage to try Chia pudding and it has forever changed my life. Talk about versatility — what?! You can add any number of toppings or flavorings to this awesome meal and chances are, it will be a hit.
Is there one “healthy” food you’ve kinda-sorta wanted to try but wasn’t sure about it? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do what I can to help you use the ingredient so that the result is YUMMILICIOUS!
In the meantime, here is one of my favorite chia pudding recipes — don’t be like the old me, give a try! I hope it becomes a favorite of yours as well!
- ½ banana mashed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure organic cacao powder
- ½ cup gluten free rolled oats, uncooked
- 1-1.5 cup almond milk
- Add toppings of your choice, see list below
- Mash the banana in a 16 oz. mason jar with a fork until creamy
- Add all remaining ingredients and mix well to combine
- Place lid on the jar and store in refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours
- In the morning, mix together with a spoon and top with any or all of the following: fresh berries, nuts, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, carob nibs, etc. Replace lid and go!