It's nothing new—chia has been a darling of the food world for quite some time. Unfortunately, this means any product you're going to buy touting the trendy seeds on the packaging is going to cost you some serious cash. So, the other day as I was slurping on my $4 cup of chia pudding it occurred to me… I can totally make this! Intimidating as it may seem, chia pudding is criminally easy to toss together and all of the ingredients for four servings cost me about $2. Yup. Excuse me while I cry into a pudding cup over all of those lost dollars.
Chia seeds, when introduced to liquid, form a gelatinous coating (remember your chia pet?). Soaking three tablespoons of chia seeds to one cup of milk or milk substitute will thicken to produce a texture similar to tapioca pudding in about four hours. Less than a minute of hands-on prep is all it takes! Mix in your favorite sweetener and any additional flavorings like cinnamon, coconut, or dried fruit and you've got a ridiculously easy—and healthy—dessert or snack. Read up on the benefits of chia seeds here.
Coconut Chia Pudding3 tbsp. chia seeds1 cup coconut milkCinnamon to tasteSugar to taste
Stir chia seeds, cinnamon, and sugar into a small bowl of coconut milk. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.
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