Easy Chia Pudding with Berries
This is an easy chia pudding recipe made with oat milk, a little cinnamon and vanilla. Maple syrup is used to sweeten it. It takes a few hours to set so works great as on overnight breakfast recipe.
There are so many options for chia pudding recipes out there. I am quite new to trying them myself and wanted to start with a relatively simple one. I like to try a basic recipe before branching out into more experimental versions.
Chia Pudding Toppings: Berries Coconut and Seeds
For this version of chia pudding I used some blueberries, strawberries, desiccated coconut and a sprinkle of mixed seeds. This makes a healthy breakfast, however the options are endless.
You can mix in some cocoa powder for a chocolate version or some fruit compote, or jam. For toppings you also have loads of options such as berries, chopped bananas, dried fruits, various seeds, nuts, or granola.
There is evidence that chia seeds have been eaten since ancient times by the Aztecs. They are grown commercially throughout South America. Chia seeds are considered a novel food in the European Europe as there is not a significant history of consumption of chia seeds within the region. You are not likely to unearth an old picture of your relations enjoying a chia pudding somewhere in Europe in the 1990s or before. They have become very popular as a food in recent years, being used in smoothies, spread on breakfast cereal and of course, to make chia puddings. I use either ground chia seeds or ground flax seeds in my peanut butter and oat smoothie recipe to give it a nutrient boost.
Nutrition benefits of chia seeds
Chia seeds are very high in fibre, especially soluble fibre. High fibre foods help you feel full without consuming excess calories. It is also high in omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. You can find out more about the health benefits of chia seeds here
Easy Chia Pudding
- 90 g of chia seeds
- 500 ml of oat milk or other milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Shredded coconut
- Mixed seeds
- Put the oat milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup into a bowl
- Mix well with a fork or hand whisk and leave in the fridge to set for 4 hours, or overnight.
- Pour the mixture into separate glasses and serve with your toppings of choice