Oct 092012
 

Every time I go shopping I swear and remind myself with reminder and a reminder for my first reminder to take my shopping list so I don’t end up spending on things not in my list. This time the list made it up to my minivan and I forgot to take them with me to the shop. They say everything happens for a reason and the best thing that happened was I got this small little pack of Chia seeds and I had no clue how to cook or use them. After reading that these seeds have 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids and 3 grams of protein in just 1 tablespoon I couldn’t resist myself from buying them. Though these seeds can be added to yogurt, smoothies, salads, and baked goods I was so happy when I saw this recipe for Chia pudding (by Gena Hamshaw) with blueberries which is rich in antioxidants making this dish one of the healthiest meal I’ve cooked so far.

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Whenever I cook with a new ingredient I’m very skeptical about the outcome, but this pudding made me feel at ease as the thought of eating healthy took my anxiety away from the equation. To add an icing on the top, the pudding can be mixed (no cooking needed) and set aside in the refrigerator overnight and in the morning its ready to be served right in time for breakfast. The Chia seeds actually swell up in size resembling that of tapioca pearls and the cinnamon-cardamom powder give the right kick and flavor to this pudding. I also mixed some fresh blueberries just before eating and it was so delicious giving me the needed boost to start my day with a filling breakfast. Isn’t it the best way to start your day? What do you think?

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Blueberry Chia Pudding

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • Chia seeds -- 1/2 cup
  • Almond milk -- 2 1/2 cups (any kind of milk should work)
  • Fresh Blueberries -- 1 cup
  • Ground Cardamom Powder -- 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder -- 1 tsp
  • Maple Syrup -- 1/4 cup
  • Pure Vanilla Extract -- 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. In a blender, blend almond milk, blueberries, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and syrup until smooth. I'm attaching a picture of chia seeds for reference.
  2. In a large container or glass bowl add chia seeds and pour the blueberry ground mixture on top of the seeds, stir with a whisk or fork until all the seeds are mixed well with the liquid. Let rest for five minutes, and stir again. Let rest for ten minutes and stir once more. Refrigerate and let sit overnight.
  3. Remove the pudding in the morning just before serving, stir and check the texture. If the pudding is thick add more almond milk. Mix handful of fresh blueberries with the pudding and serve. Enjoy!!!

Notes

The texture of the pudding should resemble that of tapioca pearl pudding. If chia seeds is not available, try this recipe with tapioca pearls, though I've not tried it personally, guessing by the texture they should taste similar.

http://sizzlingveggies.com/healthy-recipes/blueberry-chia-pudding/

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  13 Responses to “Blueberry Chia Pudding[Vegan]”

  1. very new recipe for me…are the chia seeds same as falooda subza seeds? the texture looks like it

  2. Chia seeds – a healthy booster!!! yummy and delicious!!!
    Sowmya
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  3. I had read about Chia seeds some time back and ever since wanted to get them..unfortunately they don’t sell these seeds here..n on my recent visit to mumbai I was shown chia seeds by my cousin..oh dear saari zindagi kha ke bade huen hai..LOL..yes they are sabja seeds!!..I had a good laugh:))..coming to the pudding..love its texture and color..sure it must be delicious:))..great clicks, as always!!

  4. Pradnya: I have no clue about sabja seeds ….thanks to Vaishali for confirming its the same seeds.
    Sowmya: Thanks
    Vaishali: Thanks for confirming. I have not tried sabja seeds before so this one is totally new to me…

  5. Oh chia seeds looks so different, thanks for all the details..pudding looks great!

  6. I have only heard about chia seeds. I am amazed to look at the texture they give to the pudding. Fab try

  7. Unfortunately we dont get this healthy seeds, pudding looks fabulous and definitely healthy.

  8. We get sabja seeds here. The pudding looks so nice. Will try it some time..

  9. Oh Wow, a real energy booster and treat to the eyes of a Curious Kid!!!!

  10. I have absolutely no clue about chia or Sabja seeds :D, but I am in love with the pictures here! Stunning!

  11. How do they taste?

  12. Gorgeous pudding yaar. I get those seeds here but since I was not sure what to prepare with them and how they would turn out in a recipe, I have not got them yet. Bookmarked this one…

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