Have you ever tried chia seeds and wondered what you are doing wrong? What’s all the fuss about? They can be really bitty and not great if you do not know how to properly make a chia pudding. A popular healthy breakfast, it’s great for when you’re meal prepping. Here is how you can make it easily.

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are really nutritious and pretty cheap too. Tesco sells 150g of chia seeds for £1.50 which sounds pricy but when you only need a couple of tablespoon chia seeds a time it is actually good value. One packet can last quite a while.

When they get wet, chia seeds swell and soften making them into a great pudding such as this. Chia seeds are also often used to thicken sauces as they absorb so much liquid. Also used as a vegan substitute for eggs, they are very versatile. For those that are gluten-free they can even be used in place of breadcrumbs to coat foods like chicken.

How healthy are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are high in fibre with 2 tbsp (the amount in this recipe) being equivalent to one-third of your daily recommended intake! This chia seed pudding recipe only has 137 calories so it is great for weight loss plans.

High in protein, chia seeds are a great alternative source of protein for those with meat-free diets. Not only that but protein foods are great for encouraging you to eat less as they fill you up!

There are also claims that chia seeds can help lower your risk of heart disease! Other research indicates they can reduce blood sugar levels which is pretty good too.

Chocolate chia pudding
Chocolate chia pudding

Other chia seed puddings

This chocolate chia pudding recipe can easily be adapted to a strawberry and vanilla pudding using vanilla essence and strawberry yoghurt, milk or almond milk and chia seeds. You could even top with fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries.

This coconut and almond chia pudding recipe also sounds great.

Have a think about what flavours you enjoy and see how you can incorporate them into a chia pudding. I think mango and passionfruit would go well too.

Are chia seeds good on diets?

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Other healthy breakfasts you might like

If you are looking for easy healthy breakfast ideas then I have a whole post of them here. Other similarly easy breakfasts include overnight oats and baked oats. There are so many ways to use oats, why not have a read and see what will inspire you.

If you prefer something more like cereal bars then these are 5 easy cereal bar recipes worth trying this week.

Other desserts to consider

Raspberry and chocolate indulgence dessert

Low-calorie carrot cake

Quark baked vanilla cheesecake

Why not also try my ready-made meal plans such as this 7-day easy to cook tasty meal plan

Carrot cake cut into slices
Carrot Cake

If you are considering or already following a vegan lifestyle then these articles may be helpful.

A few vegan recipes that are popular – Moroccan tagine, banana pancakes, aubergine soup, carrot soup, how to marinate tofu,

Vegan drinks you may enjoy in the summer

How to raise a vegan child to be healthy

Vegan and vegetarian recipes

Benefits of a vegan lifestyle

Can a vegan pregnancy be healthy?

Myths about being a vegan

Top tips for going vegan

Mistakes to avoid on a plant-based diet

Vegan alternatives to eggs

ratatouille
Ratatouille

If you are going to go gluten-free or have someone in your family who is then these posts may be helpful. Additionally, if you are cooking for someone who is gluten-free you may find them useful too!

How to adjust to life with a coeliac child

Helpful tips when becoming gluten-free

5 Gluten-free and lactose-free recipes

Chia seed pudding

Healthy Extra b ideas including gluten-free choices

How to change to a gluten-free lifestyle

Travelling when gluten-free

Pasta soup
Pasta soup

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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Chocolate chia pudding

Overnight Chia Pudding

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Portion 1x

Description

An easy to make introduction to chia pudding with this chocolate chia pudding which can be easily adapted to your tastes.


Ingredients

Scale

3 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp chocolate protein powder

3/4 cup almond milk (or dairy free milk of choice)

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Optional: Add grated chocolate to the top before serving


Instructions

Place chia seeds, protein powder, almond milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup into a glass mason jar or bowl.

Mix ingredients together with a spoon and refrigerate the chia seeds for at least 2 hours or leave in the fridge overnight, if you have time. It should be gelatinous and have a pudding texture.

Once ready, stir and serve. Top with yoghurt, nuts, or chopped fruits and it’s ready to eat! 



Keywords: chia pudding, chocolate chia pudding, how to use chia seeds

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  1. This was delicious. I bought a packet of chia seeds on a whim because I was doing a stupid health kick… but I had no clue what to do with them. This recipe gave me the perfect reason to buy them again!