Have you noticed the Chia seed trend lately? Earlier in the week there was my personal favorite, the Blueberry Chia Crumble Bars and last week we added them into the Chocolate Pistachio Overnight Oats. If you have a membership to Costco, then you have have grabbed a 32 oz. bag of organic chia seeds for under $15. And let me tell you, that’s a lot of ch-ch-ch-chia seeds. However it’s not a bad thing at all since these tiny seeds come packed with all sorts of the good stuff. So finding simple ways to sneak them into what you eat is a great thing indeed!
Chia pudding has been one of those hit or miss kind of recipes for me. If you like tapioca then chia pudding is a bit along the same lines. However, if the right flavor isn’t there then all you really taste is chia and that’s not my favorite flavor in high doses. This is my second success at making it and there are a few things I think contributed to it. First, I added yogurt. Whether you use plain greek or a nondairy yogurt, this recipe will be successful. The yogurt really thickens the texture and adds a creaminess to the pudding. Also, the combination of strawberry and coconut is key for me. My other chia recipe was a Banana Chia Pudding. It included mashed up bananas and I think adding the mashed fruit helps with the texture.
This pudding is good enough for breakfast or a great afternoon snack. Frozen or fresh strawberries are fine as well depending on what is in season or available in your area. If you have been on the fence about chia pudding, I think this is a good solid recipe to start with. You won’t be disappointed!
- 1 c milk of choice
- 1/2 c plain greek yogurt (nondairy yogurt will work as well)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c shredded coconut
- 1 1/3 cup strawberries
- 2 T pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 c plus 1 T chia seeds
- sea salt
In a small bowl, mash strawberries with 1 T maple syrup.
In a medium bowl, combine milk, yogurt, vanilla, 1 T maple, coconut and a dash of sea salt and stir to combine.
Add in chia seeds and stir well.
Stir in strawberries.
Cover container and place in refrigerator to chill for several hours or even overnight.
Garnish with sliced strawberries if desired when serving.