Healthy pudding? It seems almost wrong to place those two words together, but alas my friends… it’s true and it’s even dairy-free! How about some healthy gluten free chia seed pudding that requires no cooking that even your kids will love?
If you’re wondering what “chia” is, let me gently remind you of the chia pet you may have had as a kid. Well, what we didn’t know all those years ago was that the seeds for the chia pet are pretty darn healthy source of nutrients. (No, you won’t sprout a chia pet in your belly when you eat them!)
They also happen to have this very unique property of turning into a jelly-like consistency when placed in water. Put enough chia seeds in liquid and voilá, you’ve got gluten free chia seed pudding!
Unlike flax seeds which many eat to increase their fiber and Omega-3 content, chia seeds can be eaten whole. Flax seeds must be ground up in order for your body to digest them, otherwise they’re an expensive addition to your poop (sorry, but it’s true!) from which you’ll gain nothing nutritionally. On the other hand, chia seeds can be broken down in their whole form and that makes them a bit easier to handle.
They also have a great Omega-3 profile and have become a huge “food trend” because of how easy they are to incorporate into normal foods. A great source of fiber and key nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, chia seeds are truly a win-win. I have even used ground chia as a replacement for eggs in the past when baking as it does a decent job.
How to Make Gluten Free chia Seed Pudding
What I’ve found is that I really enjoy gluten free chia seed pudding as a snack, part of my breakfast or even dessert with some cut up berries and crushed nuts. It’s so good and easy! I make a batch the night before which takes a few minutes and then refrigerate. By morning, my pudding is ready to go and will last easily for 4 days.
This particular recipe comes from the manual of the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse (yes, it’s ideal for someone who is trying to kick their sugar habit) formulated by my partner-in-crime Heather K. Terry who is a wiz in the kitchen.
You know you want some… mmm…
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