This dish makes a great breakfast, midday snack, or evening dessert. Yes, these are the same chia seeds that were sprouted to make Chia Pets back in the day! For more chia seed pudding ideas, see this extensive article by Adam Brown of Dia Tribe: 50 Shades of Chia Pudding: A Diabetes Breakfast Revolution.
This basic recipe can be varied by adding an ⅛ teaspoon of any of the following: almond extract, powdered ginger, cardamom, or 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Chia Seeds are an excellent source of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, and copper. They aid in maintaining even blood sugars as they are also very high (20%) in protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids. Chia seeds can also aid in hydration when excercising, and assist in regularity.
Mix all the ingredients together and let it rest for a few moments. Then stir the mixture with a fork every five minutes or so. At first it will seem far too liquidy, but over the course of 30 mins the chia seeds will plump up until it resembles tapioca pudding. Optimal to let soak for an hour or you can mix up the night before and let soak in the refrigerator for a ready-to-eat breakfast option.
For quick gelling of the chia seeds, mix with hot or boiling water. If the mixture is too thick, add more liquid and stir.
Add creamy options such as ghee or coconut oil (1 teaspoon), almond butter (1-2 tablespoons) or other nut seed butters. Add crunchy toppings such as almonds or other nuts, pumpkin, sesame. or sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes, or a few berries. (Recipe♦510)