Everywhere you go, people are singing the praises of chia seeds. They’re a superfood! They’re the best source of plant protein! They keep you fuller longer! They’re gluten free! They’ll help you lose weight! They have tons of nutrients with fewer calories! They’re loaded with antioxidants!
Yeah, but they get stuck in your teeth!
I’m always reluctant to jump on any of the “superfood” or trending diet fads. I don’t do cleanses or smoothie bowls (because they’re just smoothies!) or sip apple cider vinegar before meals. I believe that hard work and focus produce results and there are no quick fixes. Although I desperately wish there were! So, I’ve been hesitant to jump on the chia seed bandwagon, especially after my first experience with them left me picking little black seeds out of my teeth for days!
I wanted to know what all they hype was about with these little black seeds that I once slathered on a clay figurine. The first thing I learned was that they aren’t the same seeds. Related, but not the same. After doing a ton of research on these little seeds, I learned that, like anything else, there is a lot of mixed results in the studies about them. But, even with all the conflicting research, their nutritional value isn’t up for debate. They are loaded with protein (4 grams in a single ounce!) and fiber (11 grams in an ounce!). They actually are one of the most nutritious foods out there. And, when you’re carefully considering everything that you put into your body, that level of nutrition is definitely appealing.
Will they help you lose weight? Maybe. But maybe not. Studies have found conflicting results.
But, given their high nutritional value, I figured I’d give them a try. Especially when I stumbled upon pudding recipes. Desserts and sweets are what I love most in life (other than my husband and child, of course!), so a nutritious pudding that wouldn’t derail my healthy living efforts sounded pretty appealing. After I found a few basic recipes and the perfect chia-to-liquid ratio, I was ready to go!
The first recipe I tried was modified from the Minimalist Baker. I modified it a bit for my preferences, and it turned out pretty well! I’ll add a touch more sweetener next time, and I’m going to also experiment with other sweeteners.
- 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) almond milk (I prefer the original unsweetened variety)
- 1/3 cup (63 g) chia seeds
- 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- maple syrup to taste
- optional: ground cinnamon or chili powder to taste
- Combine first three ingredients. Add maple syrup to achieve desired level of sweetness. If you would like a little extra flavor, add cinnamon or chili to taste. Divide into four containers and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Enjoy with some fresh berries!
Do you use chia seeds? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!
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