Spending time with a client, in her kitchen, is one of my favourite things to do. Things can go a bit wild, and we made some amazing chia puddings. Here’s one of the recipes: Chocolate Chia Pudding. So get creative and see what you can do with what you’ve got. This recipe gives you enough for the whole family or will last for several days in the fridge. Perfect if its ‘just you’.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Chia Pudding

10 tablespoons of chia seeds. I used these Chia seeds.
1 litre of organic coconut milk, almond milk, or coconut water, or fresh pressed juice if you like. (get as pure/organic as you can) Add a cupful of shredded coconut, 1 tsp camucamu powder, 2 tbsp of inca inchi protein powder, and 1 tsp probioitcs

Ingredients -for the chocolate smoothie – to pour over. 1 banana, 1/2 cup cacao melts, 1/2 cup coconut yoghurt, 6-8 dates, a little nut milk to get the best consistency. Blend until smooth. Chill.

Combine the seed mixture and milk. Leave to sit until seeds are soft and the chia pudding is formed. Stirring occasionally and adding more milk if needed. Sometimes I lose count of the number of spoonfuls of seeds I put in so have to add a few more seeds too.

Using a fat jar or bowl lay some fresh bananas, and blueberries if you like, and spoon in the chia pudding. Pour the smoothie on top, as much as you like.
Serve with breakfast sprinkles of combined chopped nuts and seeds. Or simply coconut.

And of course we had a cuppa with it. Morning Fresh.

I’ve found that these chia puddings are so versatile. I use whatever liquid I have to soak them in. Sometimes my own fresh juiced fruit and veg. Sometimes almond milk. Sometimes just water. Then I add whatever I have. Sometimes I have even put avocado and a bit of salmon on the top with a few capers. Yum savoury option. Once you have a bowlful of the soaked chia seeds in your fridge you can do almost anything with them. Funny we call them pudding.

Just in case you dont know what a chia seed is?

Chia is the edible seed of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family native to Central America, or of the related Salvia columbariae of the southwestern United States and Mexico. 

Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body. By adding a serving of chia seeds a day, you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well.

The reason chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fibre, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. For example, one ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds contain about:

  • 137 calories
  • 12.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 4.4 grams protein
  • 8.6 grams fat
  • 10.6 grams fiber
  • 0.6 milligram manganese (30 percent DV)
  • 265 milligrams phosphorus (27 percent DV)
  • 177 milligrams calcium (18 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram zinc (7 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram copper (3 percent DV)
  • 44.8 milligrams potassium (1 percent DV)

Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.