This is one of my favourite healthy breakfast treats.
It is a delicious, highly nutritious ‘superfood’ start to your day and is really quick and simple to make.
Recently Harvard Health chose Chia Seeds as their seed of the month because of the health benefits offered as they are among the richest plant sources of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Harvard Health also go on to say that Diets high in ALA have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Chia seeds are also high in insoluble fiber, which may help lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels so it is a great way to get off on a healthy start to your day.
My Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding can be prepared in a few minutes the night before and you will be off to a flying start in the morning not having to worry about poaching eggs, making toast, and washing up pots, pans, and dishes.
Give it a try and don’t be afraid to experiment by adding your own personal touches.
The recipe is good for 2 servings.
* 1 cup (250ml) of almond, rice or coconut milk (with no added sugar) or low-fat milk
* 2 tablespoons chia seeds
* 1 tablespoon (20g) rice malt syrup, pure maple syrup or good quality honey
* a selection of your favourite seasonal fruits, berries, seeds and, nuts for topping.
1) Pour your preferred milk into a mixing jug or bowl, add the chia seeds and either maple syrup, rice malt syrup or honey and stir well to combine.
2) Pour the mixture into some nice looking serving glasses but only ¾ fill them.
3) Cover with Gladwrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but for the best result leave overnight and you will have a beautiful thick creamy pudding for breakfast. The seeds will plump up absorbing all the liquid and flavours and will look similar to tapioca but taste way better.
To add a bit more colour and zing, before pouring your mixture into the serving glasses (at stage 2 above) put a few blueberries in the bottom of each glass (frozen berries are fine).
Serve the chia seed pudding with freshly chopped seasonal fruits on top and sprinkled with nuts or pumpkin seeds if you have them handy. For people with nut allergies you can safely eat seeds; sunflower, roasted pumpkin, and flax seeds in particular (but to be on the safe side check with your doctor first).
Chopped lady finger banana with a sprinkle of cinnamon also works well.
Cardamon, nutmeg, and ginger are also good plus they will help stimulate digestion. You could also go the extra mile and grate a bit of dark chocolate over the top. A beautiful finishing touch.
Find out more about the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds plus some more great recipes:
Got a friend who might like to try this Chia seed breakfast treat? Then like and share – thanks.
If you liked this Chia Seed Pudding recipe then be sure to have a look at these 4 Ideas to Try.
Cheers – John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.