Lately I’ve been finding myself in a little bit of a “breakfast rut”. Although I’m all for variety and emphasize the importance of rotating your diet, I find that when it comes to breakfast, I often go through phases of eating the same thing a couple of days in a row. This can be handy at times especially when you are meal planning and making enough for a couple of days in advance. But I’ve gotten a little tried of oatmeal and boiled eggs ;). Since these days have been quite busy (I’m sure you can relate) I look for breakfast ideas that I can make ahead of time that I know will be NUTRIENT DENSE and DELICIOUS!
Now if you have never tried chia pudding before… I am soo excited for you to try it out! Chia pudding is a healthy, quick ‘n easy meal or snack that is so easy and fast to make. There are many different variations of the pudding. Ingredients and flavouring possibilities are endless…it’s really quite versatile. You basically need chia seeds, a liquid and whatever spices or toppings to your liking.
Chia seeds are tiny black or white-ish grey seeds that are super absorbent which gives the pudding-like texture. They can act as a binder in baking and cooking in replace of eggs where needed. Chia is very rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is vital in mental wellness, cardiovascular health, keeping inflammation down, healthy hair skin and nails, among with many other health promoting qualities. Chia is also a great source of fibre and is a source of plant based protein.
Cocoa Cardamom Chia Pudding
makes approx. 1-2 servings
1/4 Chia Seeds
1 cup Nut or Seed Milk i.e. almond, hemp, coconut
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (raw, unprocessed, unsweetened, dairy free are best options)
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp Pure Vanilla extract
1/3 heaping cup Blackberries (or other berry)
Use a mason jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. Add all ingredients into jar . Once all of the ingredients are in container, screw on lid tightly, and shake jar vigourously. Note that the chia will soak up liquid very quickly so try to have everything measured out before adding into jar 🙂 Shake until all ingredients are mixed up (will look like chocolate milk).
Allow to sit in fridge for at least two hours (I usually make at night so it’s ready for the morning).
Serve and Enjoy!
Add more toppings if you desire such as: shredded coconut, hemp seeds, walnuts, fresh mint.