Chia seeds are filled with Omega-3 fats, minerals and protein. They are filling and are an excellent food for increasing strength and endurance!
Chia Power Breakfast Pudding
- 1 cup chia seeds soaked 6-7 cups of water, juice or smoothie for 8 hours or longer.
- 1 cup raw, organic coconut flour or shredded coconut
- 1/4- 1/2 cup pitted dates soaked in water or other sweetener (2-4 tbsp)
- 1 – 2 teaspoons raw, organic, pure vanilla extract or other flavoring to taste
- pinch of salt
- cinnamon to taste (optional)
- Stir coconut flour into chia. Chia seeds will have absorbed all of the liquid and expanded.They will be thick and gelatinous.
- Add vanilla powder, salt, flavorings or cinnamon, if using.
- Stir in date paste. Taste.
- Add more sweetener or blended fruit if additional sweetness is desired.
- For a low glycemic porridge, leave out the date paste and add a half dropper of liquid stevia instead.
- If desired, top with chopped nuts, raisins or goji berries that have been soaked to soften.
- If you’d like to serve the pudding like porridge, pour nut or seed milk on top.
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This sounds like a delicious recipe! She mentions the beneficial omega 3s contained in chia seeds which would make it super healthy as well! However, she overlooks the fact that chia, just like flax, needs to have the walls broken in order to access their oils – either by chewing or grinding. I have found it difficult to chew chia when it’s been soaked as the seeds become slimy and get very quickly swallowed – as would be in the case of this pudding. What I usually do is pop a spoonful of dry chia in my mouth and find it easier to chew and chew before swallowing them because of their dry crunchy texture!
Hi Margreet, You don’t need to soak your chia seeds overnight but it does help to maximize the benefits. Not only can you make amazing chia pudding recipes with chia gel, chia’s hydrophilic properties (ability to soak water) makes the seed much more valuable to your body. The only time you should consider eating chia dry is to help ease acid re-flux as it’s more likely to absorb the acid.