I've become a little obsessed lately with chia pudding, which is suprising after I bought some a few years ago, tasted it, and promptly discarded it, the texture too much like snot.
But I was at our local health food store picking up lunch a few weeks ago and wanted a little snacky something, something sweet-adjacent, and found some coconut chia seed pudding and decided to give it another try, and I'm so glad that I did.
My tasty snack ended up also being super filling, which was great, because I feel like I'm constantly hungry at work. So I started looking up recipes and it turns out that it's super easy to make at home (and a great activity for little helpers to participate in).
(Never mind her dirty shirt, please. She's the best little helper.)
Chia pudding checks a lot of boxes: it's healthy (loads of omega 3s, antioxidants, fiber, calcium and protein), it's easy to make, the kiddos love it (even the baby, who is super picky), it's filling - oh, yea, and it's delicious.
My favorite is making it with cashew milk - I'm usually a fanatic about coconut milk everything, even places where you wouldn't think it would go (cold brew, anyone?) but here, I found the coconut milk a little too thick. Having tried chia pudding with coconut milk a couple of times now (both homemade and store-bought), while I always like a coconutty flavor, I prefer the texture when made with cashew milk. It's perfectly silky and slippery and cool - yum!
So here goes - not so much a recipe as a series of very basic steps that you can still successfully manage when quite sleep-deprived (not that anyone around here knows what that's like):
And that's it! It's delicious plain, or topped with a variety of fruit - some of our favorites are cherries, pomegranate jewels, and mangoes (I toss in the frozen mango chunks from TJ's and then it keeps my pudding nice and cool while I walk to daycare dropoff, and then by the time I get into the office it's defrosted and ready to eat).
I'd also love to try making it with fruit juice instead of cashew milk - it's supposed to be delicious and I can think of all kinds of fun combinations that would be yummy.
So that's it, friends. What about you - any other chia fanatics out there?