Chia is my favorite superfood and as a pudding makes a great dessert. Enjoy!
- Chia is the richest whole food source of Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber found in nature.
- One ounce of Chia is 137 cal., 4.7 grams of protein, 9 g dietary fiber, 5.5g of Omega 3’s, 300mg calcium, rich in B vitamins and has three times more iron than spinach.
- Chia is a complete protein source. And has 5 times the protein of soy beans.
- Chia is a super antioxidant…three times that of blueberries.
- Chia helps fight disease and aging naturally.
- Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language and is a must for hydration and sustained energy.
- Chia seeds are easily digestible and don’t need to be ground like flax to receive their benefits.
I keep a jar of 1 part Chia Seeds and 3 parts purified water in my refrigerator to use in drinks, smoothies, dressings, sauces, and more. To make a jar of soaked Chia Seeds, soak one part Chia seeds in three parts water, stirring as you mix them for 15 minutes and let them sit for 30 minutes total or overnight to take on 10 times their weight in water. Chia has no flavor so it takes on whatever flavor it’s added to.
Time to prepare: 15 minutes to blend, 15 minutes to stir plus cleanup
Makes: 4 ½ cups
Serves: 6 each – 6oz servings
Equipment: blender, storage container
¾ cup chia seeds
4 cups coconut milk, from cans (BPA free) or from a Thai Young Coconut water with meat
¼ cup dates chopped in pieces
4 tsp vanilla
½ tsp sea salt
12 drops stevia liquid
How to make
Add the coconut mylk, dates, vanilla, sea salt and stevia to the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a 2 quart bowl.
Add the Chia Seeds slowly while you stir the mixture, then stir every five minutes for 15 minutes and then again at 30 minutes and then again at one hour.
Let them soak a few hours and overnight is best as they continue to soak up the liquid.
Refrigerate after a few hours in an air tight container or in serving dishes.
To serve, garnish with berries, cinnamon, cacao or mint.