Chia seed pudding is another great breakfast or dessert alternative that you can prepare in advance. It takes several hours for the chia seeds to "plump up" and become a tapioca-like texture, so if you don't let them soak overnight (the easiest option), be sure to let them sit 3-4 hours.
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber, but they need to be soaked our ground for your body to absorb the nutrients.
Servings: makes 4 servings (1/2 cup each)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice
- Handful of walnuts, pecans or flaked coconut for topping, optional
- Slices of banana or berries for topping, optional
- To a small mixing bowl add cacao powder, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Then add a little milk at a time and whisk until a paste forms. Then add remaining milk and whisk until smooth.
- Add chia seeds and protein powder and whisk once more to combine. Pour into mason jars and cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-5 hours (until it's achieved a pudding-like consistency).
- Leftovers keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days
- Serve chilled with desired toppings.