Despite being an ancient Aztec and Mayan staple, chia seeds only made it onto the superfood scene relatively recently. And, thank goodness they did.
Chia seeds come from a plant that is actually a member of the mint family. Although tiny, these black and grey seeds have a spectacular nutrient profile and offer an impressive list of health benefits.
Just one ounce of chia seeds (28g or about two tablespoons) offers 4g protein, 9g fat (which includes omega-3), calcium (18% RDI), manganese (30% RDI), magnesium (30% RDI), and phosphorus (27%RDI). Chia seeds also contain a significant amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 and potassium.
Chia seeds might be familiar to some of you as a vegan egg replacer. Much like ground flax, chia seeds become gelatinous and gloopy when soaked in water and are ideal for vegan baking.
It is that very property that makes chia seeds the perfect ingredient for making puddings. Here is a list of flavorful and colorful OGP recipes for chia puddings that are so quick and easy to make. Have fun!
1. Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding
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This recipe for Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding by Natalie Yonan makes a delicious and nutritious breakfast. For a ready-made breakfast, you can make this up the night before and have a beautiful chia pudding waiting for you in the fridge the next morning. Top this dish with grapefruit and crushed pistachios.
2. Gingerbread Chia Pudding
Here we have a chia pudding that is flavored with warming fall-inspired spices. This Gingerbread Chia Pudding by Hannah Sunderani takes cardamom, and ginger and blends them with chia seeds and maple syrup for sweetness. This will work as a healthy breakfast or an anytime snack.
3. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chia Pudding
This dessert looks rich and decadent and no one would believe it’s actually healthy. This Protein-Packed Chocolate Chia Pudding by Lenny Wu is very versatile. It calls for a protein powder, but with the protein-packed chia seeds, you are welcome to leave that out and just use a little less milk for the same consistency. You can also get imaginative and use whatever topping you fancy.
4. Coconut Chia Pudding
This Coconut Chia Pudding by Lena Ropp is a work of art. Make your chia pudding base the night before and chill it in the fridge. Come morning, top your pudding and pile of homemade banana ice cream, and adorn it with chocolate-coated cacao nibs or any of your favorite fruits and/or berries.
5. Creamy Mango Chia Pudding
Have fun making this versatile Creamy Mango Chia Pudding by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler. This pudding makes a great energizing breakfast or a refueling post-workout snack. Top your treat with fresh fruit, vegan yogurt, or homemade granola.
6. Pink Chia Pudding
What makes this Pink Chia Pudding by Valentina Mussi pink? Well, raspberries, of course. With just five ingredients, you can whip up a delicious and pretty pudding breakfast the night before and roll out of bed the next morning to a beautiful ready-made meal.
7. Chocolate Walnut Chia Pudding
A bowl of this Chocolate Walnut Chia Pudding by Tara Sunshine looks very appetizing indeed. With all the extra protein from the walnuts, you will have a super energizing breakfast or snack that will give you the boost you need. Add some or all of the suggested topping, such as fresh fruits, granola, or chocolate chips.
8. Chia Pudding Parfait
Just six simple and clean ingredients give you this Chia Pudding Parfait by Kennedy Kitchings. It is a light and healthy breakfast that will set you up for the morning. Don’t forget your generous helping of homemade granola.
9. Purple Sweet Potato Chia Pudding
This is a stunning dessert with gorgeous color. This Purple Sweet Potato Chia Pudding by Lenny Wu gives you extra nutrients from the sweet potatoes and extra protein from the nut butter. A blueberry topping really compliments the dish.
10. Mixed Berry and Tahini Chia Pudding
This makes for an extremely nutritious breakfast. Tara Sunshine‘s Mixed Berry and Tahini Chia Pudding is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, protein, and healthy fiber. The tahini gives a lovely nutty flavor and creamy texture and also adds extra seed power.
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