October 30th, 2011

In the Kitchen: Apple-spiced Chia-seed Pudding

@LalasCookieJar asked me on Twitter what some breakfast ideas were. No knowing what Andrea normally eats, I suggested an option that was similar to cereal and oats but infinitely nutritionally superior: chia-seed pudding.

Chia-seed is a vegan breakfast option that is protein packed, fiber filled and naturally rich in omega 3′s (it’s what Kashi cereal aspires to be).  In just 3 tsp, you get a whopping 12 grams of fiber, 2 net grams of carbs, 6g of protein and 10g of good fats. All of this for 100 useable calories.

Chia-seed isn’t eaten from the packet.  It needs liquid and it swells up to 10 times its size. It’s therefore very satiating. Unsweetened almond milk is a great option.  Water is too bland.  Let it soak for 15 mins or overnight, then sprinkle on cinnamon to sweeten it and top with your choice of fruit. Don’t let the soaking turn you off.  Do it before you get into the shower or while you are feeding the kids.  The soaking is where the magic happens.



INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tbl black chia seed
  • 8oz of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp agave (optional)
  • sea salt
DIRECTIONS

Add 3 tbl of chia seed to a bowl.  Pour over almond milk and let it soak for 5 mins.  Stir.  Allow it to soak for another 10 mins (or overnight).  Stir again. The consistency should be similar to semolina.  If it is too watery, allow it to soak for longer.

Add cinnamon, agave (optional) and sea salt. Stir. Top with sliced apple and serve. Enjoy!

Note: if you are feeling a little time crunched, you can pick up pre-made apple, almond and cinnamon spiced chia seed by Chia Goodness Available at Wholefoods and Elm Health.