If you're like myself and need to be careful with sweets or that inner sugar dragon comes out real quickly; then this recipe is for you!
Do you use chia seeds in your house? Ever had a pudding made with them? This is something fairly new to our household. And, I really like it! I'm thinking of it as a dessert or treat, but I would totally let the kids eat this for breakfast if they wanted. I can only imagine how full and satisfied they would be all morning long in school.
Most everyone doesn't geek out over nutrition and the science behind food, but I'm going to share a few health benefits real quick regarding chia seeds. I want you to really understand why they're good for you. Not only do they help keep inflammation in our bodies in check, they are high in fiber, which I'm sure you could always use a little more of. They are great for digestion, known to help reduce belly fat and can improve insulin sensitivity. They're a pretty awesome healthy fat, and I think you should keep a bag in your pantry at all times.
Often times I see them added into smoothies, but I'm hoping you give this pudding a try. It's pretty basic and very versatile. You could add in some cocoa powder for a chocolate version. Add different fresh fruits on top. I was pretty basic and mashed up a few frozen strawberries that we picked in June. I also added a few Lily's chocolate chips on top. It certainly satisfied my sweet cravings.
Chia Seed Pudding
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 tablespoon Swerve sweetener (you may also use honey, maple syrup or agave)
In a small bowl mix together chia seeds and milk, add in desired sweetener. Please note that I have only tested this recipe with Swerve. If using a different form of sweetener, start small and work your way up to your desired taste preference.
Pudding will begin to thicken. Divide into two servings, it makes enough to fill one 8 ounce jar. You may serve immediately or let chill in fridge for 1-2 hours to thicken even more. Serve with choice of toppings.