Classic Vanilla Chia Pudding (vegan)
If you are looking for a simple, make ahead breakfast or snack, look no further! One serving of this chia pudding is packed with 13 grams of fiber which benefits digestive health by promoting regularity. Chia seeds contain a high level of antioxidants which helps fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. Chia seeds contain more omega 3s per gram than salmon. Omega 3s protect the heart by lowering inflammation, blood pressure and cholesterol. Chia seeds are wonderful for bone health, one serving of this pudding contains 25% of your calcium intake for the day. Make sure you chew the seeds thoroughly to help with digestion and assimilation of the nutrients.
Makes 1 serving.
1/4 cup chia seeds (this volume of chia seeds makes a thick, tapioca like pudding. If you do not like it thick, reduce to 3 or 3 1/2 tablespoons)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut/seed milk
generous pinch of vanilla powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
optional toppings, berries, sliced banana, granola, cacao nibs, almond butter
Use a 16 oz mason jar or similar container.
Place chia seeds, vanilla powder and maple syrup in container.
Add almond milk and secure lid.
Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Add a lid and place in fridge overnight or at least 4 hours. If you can, shake it again one or 2 more times within the first hour that you put it in the fridge.
Serve with berries, other fresh fruit, granola cacao nibs, or other toppings. The pictured granola is rawnola, see recipe here.