I wasn’t feeling the gym today, so I did an at home workout of various strength and cardio exercises, including running up and down my apartment building’s staircase. When I was about on my last stair run, the people who live on the top floor near the stairs came out of their apartment and were staring at me – I guess I was making a lot of noise… Whoops!
After my workout, I decided to finally try out a recipe I’ve been eyeing for a while – chia seed pudding! I know, it sounds a little strange, but it’s actually quite good. When chia seeds absorb liquid, they end up being similar to the texture of a tapioca ball. So the “pudding” ends up with a texture very similar to tapioca pudding. You can see what I mean from this photo:
It’s clearly not the most photogenic food, but it’s quite tasty! It’s also a healthier alternative to your average pudding dessert. As I’ve mentioned before, chia seeds are really good for you, especially because of their high level of omega 3s. Other than the chia seeds, this recipe consists of very simple ingredients, and you can experiment and customize to make different flavor combinations. I chose to make a chocolate pudding, using a little nutella and sugar (real sugar!) as the sweeteners. You can also lighten up the recipe by using a sugar substitute like Splenda or Stevia, as well as honey and agave nectar. Here’s how it’s made:
Mix together milk and nutella until well incorporated.
Add all other ingredients and mix together (it will take a while to get the cocoa powder blended).
Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and you’re done!
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Adapted from Food Doodles
*Makes one serving*
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 2 tsp nutella
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
1) Mix together milk and nutella in a bowl until blended.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until blended (it will take a while to get the cocoa powder fully incorporated).
3) When combined, cover in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.