There are many foods I enjoy now that I never knew growing up. Chia Pudding is one of them and I think I'll be hooked for life. I make this at least once a week for breakfast for myself and the kids. It's a great, healthy option with superfood chia seeds to pack in the nutrition. But the part I love the most is how easy it is to put together! Isn't that what we're all after anyway? Mornings are so hectic for anyone, with or without kids, so let's make it as easy as possible. This great little concoction is also extremely portable! So take it on the go with you in the car when you don't have time to sit down.
A few years ago, I got hooked on the chia pudding that was sold at a little lunch spot near my work. It was so good but so expensive! So that's what led me to start making my own. And chia seeds are on the pricer side of breakfast items out there, but they go a long way so you'll get your money's worth out of it, I'm sure.
My favorite version of this recipe keeps it simple and here it is:
1 cup nut milk (my favorite is the Almond Breeze Almond Coconut blend with Vanilla)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tsp raw agave nectar (can also use honey or maple syrup to sweeten but I like agave the best)
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together well in a cup and put in the refrigerator overnight (or even just a few hours) to thicken. Your end result should be the texture of pudding. If you want a thicker mixture, add more chia seeds, or less for a thinner mixture (if it ends up too thick, add more almond milk and stir it back up). I experimented with this ratio when i first started making chia pudding and always end up between 1/4 -1/3 cup of chia seeds.
Top it off with some diced nuts (pistachios are our favorite) chopped up dates or dried cranberries. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds go great too!
It makes a great base for healthy breakfast bowls by adding granola, yogurt and fruit. My kids absolutely love it.
Get creative and enjoy!