I’m late to the chia pudding party. I’m so late that the party is already over, and the hosts have gone to bed and turned out the lights. But better late than never… right?
I kid, I kid. This party is by no means over. I’ve turned the lights back on, the music is pumpin’, and I’ve made myself a place setting with a lovely jar of Chocolate Cherry Pomegranate Chia Pudding.
Chia pudding is all the rage, and now that I’m finally on the bandwagon I can see why. This stuff is ridiculously easy, wonderfully tasty, and is a “one bowl” recipe. I put that in quotes because I don’t even use a bowl – I use a mason jar. I use a 32 ounce mason jar to make this, set it in the fridge, and then pour a quarter of it into a smaller 8 ounce jar each morning to bring with me to work for breakfast. Grab and go, FTW!
Chia seeds are called the “superfood of the Aztecs” thanks to their high fiber, protein and calcium content. They’re credited for improving heart health, joint function, and a healthier digestive system. Since they swell so much when they’re in contact with liquid (think: water or almond milk), it may give you the feeling of being full which will prevent you from non-diet friendly snacking. And if you’re anything like me, that’s a big win.
All that’s recommended is a tablespoon of chia seeds each day, but you’ll get two tablespoons in each serving of this chia pudding. Some people experience tummy issues with too much, so if you’re prone to having a sensitive stomach, maybe start with a single tablespoon of chia seeds for each serving to get yourself started.
Chia seeds can be sprinkled dry on other foods, such as a dash of chia on top of some toast covered in peanut butter – but I’ve found that I really prefer them in pudding form. There are so many variations you can make out of this base vanilla recipe that the possibilities are seriously endless. Me? I’m all over what you see in this post today: pomegranate seeds, chopped chocolate, and a literal cherry on top!
Long story short, expect to see more recipes that include chia seeds around these parts in the future.
How do you make your chia pudding? Tag #stressbaking on Instagram and share your ideas with me! ????
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoons maple syrup, agave or honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼-1/3 cup chia seeds
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- ½ cup fresh cherries, chopped
- 1 ounce dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- In a mason jar, combine milk, syrup, vanilla and chia seeds and shake to thoroughly combine.
- Place in fridge overnight.
- Divide mixture into two serving bowls or glasses and top with chocolate and fruit. Enjoy!