Not going to lie, when it comes to healthy "desserts" my first reaction is to scoff and opt for a Reese's peanut butter cup. I always come across recipes that will "satisfy your sweet tooth" and it's typically a bite sized rice cake variety with cinnamon on it (I'll pass...thank you). So now that I'm trying to eat healthier - or cleaner I should say, I'm always on the hunt for easy, innovative recipes that don't consider kale to be an alternative to a Mars bar.
That being said, you can take my word for when I say this recipe makes for a perfect little snack and an excellent breakfast option! I for one, am not a pudding person. I'm pretty indifferent towards it, but with the added fruit toppings this makes for an awesome breakfast leaving you feeling awesome about starting your day on a healthy note!
For those that aren't too familiar with chia seeds let me just give you a mini run down on these little guys. Chia seeds are an awesome source of omega-3 fats, they actually have 3x the omega-3s that flax seeds have! They're also a great source of fiber, calcium, protein, manganese & phosphorus. Basically, they get you full faster, are great for your heart health, fight off pesky belly fat (can I get a woop woop!), and are a cholesterol free way of adding protein to your diet. Best of all? They're tasteless and super easy to add to your meals. I even sprinkle them in my grilled cheeses.
What you'll need:
2 c. almond milk (You can also use coconut milk or soy milk)
1/4 c. chia seeds
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Last but certainly not least, toppings of your choosing. I opted for a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of raspberries!
Other toppings I recommend:
- mixed berries
- chopped nuts (almonds and pistachios are delicious with fruit)
- a sprinkle of brown sugar for added sweetness
Attention chocolate lovers: You can even mix in some cocoa powder to make this into a tasty little chocolatey treat!
Once you mix all the ingredients together, you want to make sure your chia seeds are evenly mixed in with your pudding mix. Unfortunately for us impatient type, you have to let this sit for around 8 hours. I tend to make mine at night so I can dive into it the next morning!
Once your pudding has settled overnight, go right ahead and add your toppings and you're good to go!