Back Pocket Recipe: Chia Pudding

simple chia pudding recipe

My girls are dessert fiends. They eat their share of cookies and brownies, but I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy desserts that satisfy that post-meal craving, but don’t load up on the sugar and empty calories. There’s a time for a big ice cream sundae or warm chocolate chip cookie as big as your face, but it’s not after every meal.

Truth be told, I definitely have a sweet tooth, too. My perfect dessert is something that satisfies, tastes great, feels like an indulegnce, but also might be sneakily healthy. This chia pudding hits a lot of those marks. It’s fast to make. Takes only one bowl. Tastes rich and satisfying. Can be almost endless customized with add-ins. And the kids love it. 

Like all great back pocket recipes, this barely qualifies as a recipe. Make it just a few times and you won’t really need to measure anything. The only catch with this recipe is that you need at least a little time (2 hours, but overnight or all day is better) for the chia seeds to soak up the liquid and thicken the “pudding.”

 

Back Pocket Recipe: Chia Pudding

Category: Back Pocket Recipes, Cooking

simple chia pudding recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 c. milk (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (or double the regular milk)
  • 1/2 c. chia seeds
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c. honey (adjust to the sweetness you like)
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The longer the better, up to overnight.
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See also:   Chewy Molasses Cookies

What are chia seeds? A staple in the ancient Aztec diet, chia seeds have gained attention as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. They also are an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

For the last year or so, I’ve found big bags of organic chia seeds at Costco for a great price. If you’re short on honey, you can also use maple syrup as a sweetener.

 

 

The best part of this recipe is letting the kids put their own touch on it by adding in their own mix-in layers or toppings to create a parfait. Some of our favorites are blended frozen or fresh fruit, granola, shredded coconut, a few mini-chocolate chips with cocoa powder, and a dollop of nut butter and cinnamon always makes anything taste better.

 

 

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