contributed by Hillary Mamis MS,RD,LDN
I must admit, Chia seeds are the last things that come to mind when I hear the word pudding – I thought Chia seeds belonged on a Chia pet! But after being given a tub of these tiny black seeds by my grandmother, I was looking for some different ways to put them to use. I came across a recipe for pudding and was intrigued. Could it really be that chia seeds could make a pudding? The answer is yes, and it’s actually pretty tasty!
And, as it turns out, Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, as well as omega-3-fatty acids, protein, carbs, antioxidants and calcium.
Chia Seed Pudding (Servings 4)
1 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk
1 cup Greek yogurt (2%)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 pint blackberries or berries of choice
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
Combine almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, the vanilla. Whisk in the chia seeds and portion out into 4 dishes. Evenly distribute blackberries into pudding, cover and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired, just before serving.
Meal Plan Connection
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Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis