Personally – I always found that Chia-pudding has the NASTIEST texture ever. I could just not handle it. But I tried it over and over again – until I had the idea to just puree it. And honestly – it´s SO gut. Simple, but yet really satisfying, nourishing and it keeps me full for hours (okay at least most days). So this chocolate chia-pudding is definitely you might want to try.
Why Chia-pudding is a great breakfast- or snack option
Chia seeds are GREAT for your digestive system. As they are rich in fibre, the help cleaning it out and keeping it healthy. Fibre also helps us to stay full for longer as they need longer to get digested and stabilises your blood sugar.
In a study, where 34.600 students participated, researchers found out, that Chia has a positive impact on cognitive brain functions. Which is not a coincidence, as they are rich in omega-3 (which most vegetarians/vegans struggle with getting in enough anyways)
So, overall, they can help us to feel more satisfied after a meal, they can help us get through the morning or afternoon without energy holes and they can really make a tasty meal (but only when you blend the chia seeds and add enough sweetener!!!)
PS: When you are usually not consuming large amounts of fibre – you might want to start off with a smaller portion of the chia-pudding and add some banana or other filling ingredients, so your stomach is not too overwhelmed.
easy chocolate chia-puddingCourse: breakfast, snackDifficulty: easy
best over night or 2 hours
This is a very easy, but yet satisfying recipe. You can easily make a bigger portion ahead and store it up to 4 days in your fridge. I love to combine it with some fruits, yoghurt and usually something crunchy, but that´s totally up to you. If it is not sweet enough, don´t hesitate to add more sweetener 😀
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk (substitute)
1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
pinch of salt
1 tbsp of cacao
opt. 1 tsp cinnamon
combine all the ingredients in a bowl and cover it with a lid. Let it rest over night or at least 2 hours.
The next day, blend it well (with a high-performance-mixer) until the seeds are all blended. It should have a soft pudding-like, slightly runny texture.
Depending on how hungry you are, this gives 2-3 portions. So, put your amount in a bowl, add some yoghurt, fruits of choice, some hemp seeds, cacao nibs and maybe also some granola for the crunch.