Thank you SOOO much for the sweet comments on my last post. I cannot tell you how much you lift me up. Sometimes it’s challenging to write about how down I am and the fact that I’m not where I really want to be, but it’s part of life. It means a lot to me that some of you mentioned how much you appreciate my honesty when I post these kinds of things. I appreciate your supporting more than you even know. You guys are 100% the reason why I love this blog so much!
I’ve been enjoying spending some time with Matt since he got home (Sunday) after a month on tour in Europe, so I’m finally going to respond to all of your comments tonight : ) I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pick him up at the airpot last Sunday night but I surprised him and popped out of the back seat of his parents car! He was totally shocked, I got him good!
Chia seed pudding is one of the easiest healthy snacks to make. You literally throw all of the ingredients in a glass jar, refrigerate it overnight, and it’s ready for you the next day! Easy peasy! And you guys know I love easy no fuss recipes!
Some of you may still be new to chia seeds and pretty intrigued by them, or possibly scared of them! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
Soooo, what exactly is a Chia seed?
The Chia plant (Salvia hispanica) is a member of the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds are often eaten raw, but can also be soaked in liquid to form a gelatinous mixture. Chia seeds can also be ground into a powder for baking!
What do they taste like?
Chia seeds don’t really taste like anything. Their flavor is practically non-existent, but he magic is in the texture. When combined with water or liquid, they absorb 9 times their weight in water, forming a gel-like consistency. They are great in smoothies and oatmeal because they add texture and a thicker consistency. The proof is in the pudding… ha ha ha
Chia seeds are an amazing source of plant-based fat, and are especially high in Omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. They also contain a large amount of fiber, which aids with weight loss by keeping your stomach feeling full. Last but not least, these tiny little seeds are filled with magnesium, potassium, and powerful antioxidants to help rid our bodies of free radicals. Talk about big things in small packages!
Depending on the brand, 1 Tablespoon of dry Chia seeds tallies up to about 55 calories, 5g of Fat, 5g of Carbohydrate, 6g of Fiber, 3g of Protein.
Coconut Chia Pudding
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I like So Delicious)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1. Whisk together coconut milk and maple syrup in a glass jar
2. Stir in chia seeds.
3. Cover jar with lid and refrigerate overnight.
4. Top with fresh berries or enjoy plain.
Note: If you use sweetened coconut milk, you can omit the maple syrup.
Tip: The longer you leave your chia seed pudding in the fridge, the thicker it will get!
JennApril 14, 2015 at 11:23 am (8 years ago)
I just recently started trying chia puddings. Out of the 10 different times I’ve made it, I’ve only had it set up right once. Is there a trick I’m missing? The one time it did set right was delicious but otherwise they’re just soupy messes! Please help 🙂
Katie A.F.April 14, 2015 at 11:58 am (8 years ago)
Last year I struggled with an eating disorder born from depression. I just want to say that right now I am the heaviest I have ever been after going through what I’m calling my eat pray love phase. I let go of my healthy habits and just did and ate whatever I want for the year 🙂 But now I’m realizing that this isn’t what balance means. It means so much to me that you too struggle to maintain balance in this crazy world of ours and I want you to know that having a little extra insulation definitely isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s a vacation for your body. Just as we need to take vacations for our mind.
Love your blog, post more!
DanaApril 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm (8 years ago)
Wow, I have been seeing so many wonderful chia pudding recipes lately! Is it true that you need a high powered blender like a vitamix to make the pudding smooth? Would an Oster work?
JanaeApril 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm (8 years ago)
Ugh….actually have chia seeds right now…but not anymore coconut milk….I wonder if vanilla soy milk will be alright…I love coconut tho…what a dilemma…lol..maybe add some kind of extract..could be interesting….thanks! XoXo
aspoonfulofnatureApril 15, 2015 at 3:35 am (8 years ago)
love this!! sounds delicious and nutritious 🙂
carole S.(from France)April 15, 2015 at 4:06 am (8 years ago)
i’m so happy to read your new recipe, because i have bought chia seeds 2 weeks ago, and i haven’t used because i haven’t found a tasty recipe, and i like too much coconut milk!
continue to write, your blog is full of happiness and smiles….
BrittanyApril 15, 2015 at 6:50 am (8 years ago)
Love coconut chia pudding and you make it look so pretty. <3
AmyApril 15, 2015 at 11:16 pm (8 years ago)
Chia pudding is one of my favourites! I love topping mine with some crushed almonds or macadamias too! 🙂
UnaApril 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm (8 years ago)
I am seriously addicted to chia seeds!
Ana @ Ana's Rocket ShipApril 16, 2015 at 12:33 am (8 years ago)
With this recipe I will be well on the way to not being scared of such an awesome little seed! Coconut is the solution to a lot of problems- and I sure ‘chia fear’ being one of them!
Rebecca MApril 16, 2015 at 8:11 am (8 years ago)
My boyfriend is trying to find uses for his spontaneous costco sized chia seed purchase. This yummy and simple pudding should help him put a dent in the bag!
Marsha AApril 21, 2015 at 10:52 am (8 years ago)
What brand Chia seeds do you use? When I make chia pudding, it never looks like this. :/ Found your site from Kathy Patalsky’s HHVK giveaway! Love your blog name!
Michele WardApril 23, 2015 at 8:48 am (8 years ago)
I can’t wait to try this recipe – thank you!
nailaApril 28, 2015 at 11:24 am (8 years ago)
This is genius! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂
KimberlyJuly 14, 2015 at 11:15 am (8 years ago)
Can you use canned coconut milk? TIA!
PS: LOVE your blog!! It’s helped me lose weight after having my baby!
MissyJanuary 19, 2016 at 3:35 am (7 years ago)
Your chia pudding recipe uses less ingredients than the others I’ve seen and it still tastes amazing. Absolutely love it for a sweet treat that doesn’t interfere with weight loss. I make this often.