Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vanilla Chia seed pudding


I guess I'm a little behind when it comes to the Chia seed fad, and, in particular, Chia seed pudding. I've been using Chia seeds in my granola and thrown into oatmeal for a while now, but I've been hesitant about the idea of turning them into a creamy dessert. Now this dessert isn't for everyone. I must admit that I wasn't a huge fan of the texture, but my husband liked it a lot (he also said that it reminded him of frog eggs, and, well, I had to agree). Chia seed pudding is reminiscent in texture to tapioca pudding, so to enjoy Chia pudding, you're probably going to need to enjoy that texture. If you do, then this dessert is for you. It's an easy and healthy dessert that is full of fiber, Omega 3, and Omega 6. 

You can flavor the pudding anyway you want. I went with vanilla for the first time because I didn't want to overwhelm the natural flavors of the Chia seeds. You can mix in any spices or fruit you like, or add them to the top when serving. This recipe will serve four people.


Vanilla Chia seed pudding 
1/2 cup Chia seeds
2 cups milk of your choice (e.g., regular, almond, etc.)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
about 2 inches of vanilla bean

In a medium bowl, stir together the Chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Scrape the pulp from the inside of the vanilla bean and add the the mixture. Stir well and toss in the vanilla bean pod as well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours to over night.

Stir well and remove the vanilla bean pod before serving. Serve cold.
What was I cooking one year ago?: sesame chicken and Mandarin orange salad
Two years ago?: lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce

12 comments:

  1. LOL... it does reminded me of frog eggs! I love Chia pudding so I'll surely going to enjoy this delicious dessert. Ya, will certainly try this recipe as you know how much we adore creamy dessert over here! Have a wonderful Sunday Amy! :)

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  2. what a creative idea for pudding!

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  3. i've never used chia seeds in a recipe, but i think the texture they would contribute to a pudding would be great!

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  4. I've always wanted to make something with chia seeds. This looks delicious!

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  5. When I first saw this I did actually think it was tapioca pudding because I put a very similar looking dessert on my blog. I haven't tried Chia seeds but now I really must. I think this would be wonderful with the vanilla seeds and maple syrup - great flavours! xx

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  6. Don't worry I'm more behind as i haven't used chai seeds at all - you might just have convinced me though as this looks great.

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  7. Such a healthy drink... I love chia seeds, but I've mostly had them in bread.

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  8. I made a variation of this recipe before and I love it! I'll have to try your version.

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  9. I also just jumped on the chia seed bandwagon, but haven't tried them in pudding form yet. I'll have to give it a try!

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  10. I love chia seeds but I've never made chia seed pudding -- I've been meaning to though! Thanks for the recipe, I'm bookmarking!

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  11. Your pudding looks delicious! Love chia seeds!

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  12. Frog eggs? Scary! The pudding looks yummy! I do like chia seeds and tapioca. Never had them in a dessert before either!

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