If your only knowledge of chia seeds is from those novelty planters popular in the ’80s and ‘90s, then you may not know that these tiny seeds are part of the mint family. The Aztecs have been including chia seeds in their diets for years as food and for medicinal reasons.
Up until recently, flaxseeds have been the go-to healthy fat seed folks reach for to add a solid punch of omega-3s to favorite recipes; however, chia seeds not only contain more omega-3’s, but they can also be consumed whole as well as ground.
Chia seeds also provide calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc. And, chia seeds are one of the best whole-food sources of dietary fiber. In fact, chia seeds pack a lot of nutritional power in a tiny package.
While most folks sprinkle chia seeds on top of cereals, yogurt, or salads to name a few, when combined with a liquid, chia seeds create a gel-like substance which is a great foundation for pudding.
This chia seed pudding recipe is jam packed with healthy ingredients sure to kickstart your morning, give you an energy boost before a workout, or provide a potent afternoon pick-me-up. Not to mention this is a super simple snack idea you can make ahead and grab on your way out the door.
Give this yummy, energizing chia seed pudding recipe a try—you won’t be disappointed.
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
- 6 – 8 ounces almond milk (or your milk of choice)
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 scoops Vanilla Cream Low Carb Protein Blend (Café Mocha is also delicious in this recipe)
- 4 – 6 ounces brewed coffee or espresso
- 1 ripe banana
- Using a blender or NutriBullet® (or even just a fork and bowl), blend your Low Carb Protein Blend, banana, and milk, and set aside.
- Make a 4-ounce cup of coffee (or 6 ounces if you are feeling frisky).
- Distribute coffee into two mason jars (or other jars with tight lids).
- Pour half of the protein, banana, and milk mixture on top of coffee in each jar.
- Add chia seeds, and stir into other ingredients.
- Set in fridge for 4 – 6 hours (or preferably overnight).
Chef tip: Before serving, you can add granola, oats, or your favorite chopped nuts.
Chef tip: If you prefer not to have whole chia seeds, you may grind them prior to adding.
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Recipe yields 2 servings
• Calories: 226
• Total Fat: 7 g
• Total Carbohydrate: 25.7 g
• Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
• Protein: 15 g