Have you jumped on the chia seed pudding train yet? I wanted to. I tried. Really I did. But the thousands of tiny little black seeds that got stuck in my teeth every time I ate it were becoming a bit of a deterrent for me. And the kids honestly weren't crazy about the somewhat gelatinous texture of the seeds once they were turned into pudding. It tasted great, but those reasons were enough to keep me from making it as often as I would have liked. And that was a shame, really, because it is just so dang easy and convenient, while being packed with nutrition at the same time. Chia seeds are incredibly nutrient-dense, they give you a boost of energy, and they are loaded with fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. They have become one of the most popular "superfoods" in the health community for good reason. They don't have a strong flavor, but are sort of magical in the way they absorb liquid and transform it into pudding, jellies, etc. But again, there's that darn texture/tooth problem.
So, why oh why did I never think to just blend them up? I honestly don't know. Maybe you are all way ahead of me on this. I just didn't think of it...until yesterday when I was looking at my bag of chia seeds and really wanting to turn them into a healthy morning breakfast that was easy and ready to go...and I was struck by a moment of genius. JUST BLEND THE DARN THINGS UP!
So, that's what I did. (I can only speak from experience using a high-speed blender.) And this creamy, perfect, nutrient-dense chocolate chia seed pudding was born...and my kids were fighting over it, rather than complaining about the funny texture of the seeds.
There are lots of delicious chia pudding recipes out there, but here's how I did this one. (And I will most certainly be doubling and tripling this recipe in the future):
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 2 TB raw cacao powder
- 2TB raw honey or maple syrup (increase amount according to personal preference)
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (this is optional and doesn't affect the flavor, but takes the nutrition up another level!)
Throw it all in your blender (I use a Vitamix), and blend everything up. Pour into mason jars and put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight. Wake up, stumble to the fridge, grab your jar of delicious chocolate breakfast pudding, and thank yourself for preparing such a nutrient-dense breakfast the night before so that you don't have to think about it but can just grab and go!