Strawberries Chia Seeds Pudding. Breakfast or Dessert? Vegan (VIDEO)
Updated: May 4
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This easy chia seed pudding or parfait recipe is a perfect healthy breakfast, snack or dessert! It does taste like dessert, but it's also filled with soluble fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
As a busy mom, I'm always on top of knowing about nutritious dense foods to provide for my family. Therefore, it is a constant process of searching out the best way to sneak superfood ingredients to my little one's bodies.
Chia seeds are one of those nutrient dense ingredients. They are a powerhouse of goodness as well as being incredibly versatile; I’ve used them in making healthy drinks to being an egg substitute in baking recipes especially during our church's fasting period because we pretty much follow a vegan diet.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS?
The chia plant is a species of the mint family that is native to Central America. As you noticed they have gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years.
Not only are chia seeds gluten/grain free but also a single serving is reported to have:
As many antioxidants as berries
As much calcium as a glass of milk
They contain more Omega-3s than a serving of walnuts or even fish.
They give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night and are supposed to be great for weight loss. Because they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid, they are great for avoiding dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat.
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS PUDDING?
There are many different health benefits you’ll get from scarfing down a jar of chia pudding. Chia seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are widely believed to support heart health and more. In addition, these superfood seeds are packed with minerals, fiber, fat, and protein.
Secondly, I love this chia pudding, because as a busy mom who makes EVERYTHING from scratch, it’s super easy and it keeps in the fridge for about 3 days. So, if you’re a big fan of meal prepping, this recipe is for you. Make a batch of chia seed pudding on the weekend, and portion it into individual jars (I'm Mason jar lover) or containers. You’ll have a quick, healthy breakfast ready for every day of the week!
Last but not least, you never get bored with it because you can use different toppings. Since it is strawberry season here in South Carolina, I selected locally grown strawberries for this particular chia pudding that I am sharing with you today! You are the master of your chia pudding so let your imagination dictate your creation.
JUST A FEW STEPS, REALLY EASY TO MAKE IT!
Combine the Ingredients: Place the combined milk (I recommend full fat), chia seeds, and sweetener (raw local honey is my first choice) into a bowl. Cover and let the pudding sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Stir the Pudding: After the pudding sits, give it a good stir with a hand whisk.
Add your toppings: In the video I used strawberries. Not only do they add flavor and color but also strawberries provide additional health benefits such as collagen, which is essential for joint support, and we all need that kind of help!
Refrigerate the Pudding: Finally, seal the Mason jars or containers and allow the pudding to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!
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Let's do it...
Prep time: 5 minutes
Making time: 5 minutes
Waiting time 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
Makes: 4 servings
Ingredients for the pudding:
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup or more raw local honey (or maple syrup)
Pinch of pink salt (optional)
Ingredients for the strawberry topping:
1 &1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of raw local honey (or maple syrup)
1-2 teaspoons gelatin plain (collagen)
Ingredients for the garnish:
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped.
Mint or basil leaves
First shake the can of coconut milk, open and add to the bowl along with the chia seeds. Give it a good whisk.
Add vanilla and honey and whisk all together.
Cover and place in the fridge for half an hour.
Meanwhile make the strawberry topping by simply placing all the ingredients, except for the garnish, into the blender cup. Blend and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
Take the chia seeds pudding from the fridge and divide into 4 cups (Mason jars). Top with the strawberry topping and garnish with chopped strawberries and mint.
I hope you'll make this recipe soon. If you do, please tag me #innichka_chef on Instagram, Facebook, Patreon, or Pinterest.