I’ve been down a healthy food journey as of late and needed some variety in my life. I should probably explain that I was lucky and was raised on a fairly healthy, balanced diet. But, as an adult, with the rigors of work and life, it can make me a bit lazy (ok, a whole lot lazy) and less inclined to want to eat healthy. So, now I’m back to wanting to lose 10 lbs and looking for things that are quick and easy to prepare. Let me know if you like these types of posts and I’ll incorporate them more often. Afterall, beauty starts from a good and healthy foundation!
Ok, now on to what you came here for….my chai chia seed pudding. I went down the Quinoa rabbit hole and of course then had to try yet another “superfood”. First off, these buggers are EXPENSIVE. Holy shit, they better be super…cause they are super crazy fancy priced. I ended up getting them here at Amazon because 3 bags cost just a bit more than 1 bag at my local grocery store. I found some suggestions online that recommend opening one bag (keeping it in the fridge after opening) and freezing the extra bags until you are ready to use them so they stay fresh.
These cool little seeds expand a TON when soaked in liquid and have all sorts of superhero powers that you can read about elsewhere.
I had read lots of reviews and looks up a TON of recipes and they all seemed about the same with slight tweaks. After much trial and error, here is the ingredients and proportions that I have found that I really like for the tastiest chai flavored pudding. The closest alternate recipe if you don’t want the chai version is from this cute blog.
- 2 cups almond milk (regular flavored)
- 1/4 cup of chia seed (if you want it a bit denser, add an extra 2 tbs but I find it easier to just go with a rounded scoop of 1/4 cup)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 - 2 tbs agave sweetener (to your liking)
- pinch of salt (I use himalayan salt)
- 1 - 2 tbs chai spice (recipe here)
- Whisk all your liquids together with the chai spice powder until everything is well blended. Use less agave if you want it to be less sweet, and more or less chai spice depending on how much “kick” you want. If this is your first time making the recipe, I suggest starting with 1 tbs of the chai spice especially if you have just freshly ground the spices (as they will be more potent).
- Add the pinch of salt and whisk
- Add the chia seeds in last and put in some elbow grease to mix together really well so that there are no lumps or clumps
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, then remove, whisk again, cover and leave in the fridge overnight
- After everything has set for at least 4 hours, it’s time to enjoy!
I prefer eating this with a cut up banana as the chai flavor really meshes well with banana but really any fruit combination works depending on your preference. Me and my husband have found this is a great breakfast option since it’s quick and tasty. It can also make a really good dessert substitute.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I’m working on being able to get some better lighting for my photos so that I can have better pictures along with reviews and recipes. Any of you have any good portable lighting that you recommend for photographing small objects? Let me know!