Sugar-free, no-cook Chia Pudding and other amazing things you can do with Chia

When I started to cook with Superfoods, Chia was one of the most amazing discoveries I made. I have heard of Quinoa before and I even ate it, but I never came across Chia, while living in Europe. But while learning about the best Superfoods, I came across this incredible, little seeds that seems to have packed all nature’s power into it! A few weeks later I bought my first pack of Chia seeds at Wholefoods.

Like most of the amazing Superfood grains, Chia is an ancient grain. Supposedly, some ancient civilizations, such as the Aztecs, Mayan and Incans used Chia in their diet already and it would provide them with great strength. Chia actually means “strength” in the Mayan language. These days, Chia is still a traditional food of the Tarahumara and Chumash peoples of Chiuahua, in the southwestern part of Mexico. They roast, crush, and mix the seeds with water to make a Gel, which they call their “running food”. This website gives you a great rundown of the history and background of the amazing Chia seed.

But now, let’s go back to the health benefits of the Chia seed. Below info-graphic shows them all at a glance:

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It’s really incredible, right? And I must say, I could really tell the difference as well when starting to incorporate Chia seeds into my diet. I am not so sure about the boost in energy, but the high fiber content definitely is fantastic for the digestion. So whenever possible, I try to add Chia to my food. And the truly great thing about Chia is that it doesn’t have that much taste, but rather enhances the flavor of the food they are added to. So they are super versatile! You can use them on your soup, salad, as a topping for your cereal, etc.

So here a collection of dishes I have made with Chia, it’s super-easy, just add them to your every-day or favorite recipe. You won’t even feel they are there, but I guarantee you that you will feel the health effects! :-)

Chia-Muffins

  • Just add the seeds to the dough (1 – 3 tbsp, depending on the quantity you are making)
  • I made muffins with Olive & Chia and another version with Raspberry, Yogurt & Chia – both tasted amazing!!
Olive Chia muffins

Olive Chia muffins

On your favorite Breakfast Bowl:

  • Just sprinkle them over your fruits & cereal mix

Breakfast Bowl

Granola

  • Add Chia seeds to your home-made granola recipe
  • Find my example of home-made granola here

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Pancakes

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Lastly, this is a recipe I found and I think is truly super amazing!!!! It’s a no-cook Chia pudding recipe I found on Wellness Mama – and it really works! Also check our her page for 10 Used for Chia Seeds – super interesting! The interesting thing about Chia seeds is that they soak up the liquid they are put into and give it a jelly-like texture. There is no faster and healthier way to make a delicious pudding!

Chia Pudding (no-cooking required, can be made vegan if cow milk is substituted for coconut or almond milk)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of any type of milk, your favorite (cow milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup of Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetener to taste (to keep it natural, use Agave nectar or stevia)
  • Aroma of your choice: Add 2 – 3 tbsp of cocoa powder to create a chocolate pudding, add fresh blueberries, strawberries, etc. – up to you!

For this recipe, I personally decided to make it a two-colored pudding, a chocolate pudding with a plain core.

Preparation:

  • Mix all ingredients with a blender
  • Pour into dessert cups (I poured first the chocolate pudding, waited a few minutes to let it harden, then added the plain pudding on top)
  • Leave in fridge for about 15 minutes – you will see the amazing magic the Chia is going to do for you – the liquid will turn into a pudding!!! Tadaaa! I am still very fascinated as you can probably tell :-)
  • Tipp: If possible, use a really high-power blender that is able to cut the chia seeds – or grind the chia seeds finely before mixing them with the other ingredients. In my case, I only had a hand blender, so the seeds remained whole and the consistency was quite unique (like caviar I guess or tapioca pudding? Crunchy and bit slimy…). I liked it, but it might be a bit weird and not suitable for everyone :-) However, make sure to grind the seeds just before using them, so they are really fresh and retain all their precious nutrients

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  1. Janine says

    Oohh yumm, I recently just bought my first bag of chia seeds and was looking for different ways to eat them – luckily I found your blog! I’m going to try your chia seed pudding tonight =)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks a lot dear Janine! Chia seeds are totally amazing and so good for you, so really happy for you that you got a bag to cook with! Yes, they are really versatile too – have fun experimenting 😉 hugs & thanks for stopping by!

    • superfoodista says

      Lovely Scarlett!! Yayyyy!! Thanks so much!!! You just made my day!! Coming from you, this means so much to me, really!!!! I just saw the other even more awesome comment in your post, I’ll write you back on that one, to make sure you get it.
      big hug from Miami,
      Sylvia

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