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If You Have 5 Minutes, You Can Have Dessert (Chia pudding recipe)

September 27, 2017

 

A big part of healthy, nutritious eating is making food for yourself. 

 

If you’re anything like me (and a LOT of people), the idea of slaving away in the kitchen is some combination of exhausting and overwhelming. Especially if all that work is not going to result in something cheesy, gooey or otherwise indulgent.

 

Here’s the good news. There really are recipes that are delicious, nourishing and easy to make. I know this because:

  1. I make a lot of my own healthy foods

  2. I have too much sh*t to do to spend hours in the kitchen

  3. I really like good food

 

FAST, EASY, HEALTHY and DELICIOUS is my mantra whenever I approach the kitchen.

 

This chia pudding recipe is one of my favourites. It’s only slightly more involved than instant pudding from a package and the health benefits include:

  • High in omega 3 fats

  • Plenty of fiber

  • Protein

  • Antioxidants (more if you add berries)

  • Calcium

  • Some other stuff too

 

For a genuinely delicious dessert, I’d say that’s pretty impressive. It really only takes about 5 minutes to prepare and your odds of starting a kitchen fire are almost nil.

 

VANILLA BERRY CHIA PUDDING  

ingredients

 

  • 3 Tbsps chia seeds

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk

  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • ½ cup berries for topping

 

how to

 

Combine chia seeds, milk, vanilla and syrup or honey. Mix well.

 

PRO TIP: If you mix it in a mason jar, you can just put the lid on and shake. You don’t even need to dirty a spoon!

 

Once mixed, let sit 5 minutes, then stir or shake again to break up any chia clumps.

 

Cover and refrigerate until set (1-2 hours).

 

You can also let it sit in the fridge overnight, if that’s easier.

 

When ready to serve top with berries et voila!

 

mix it up

 

This recipe is really versatile. As long as you keep the ratio of chia to milk (3 Tbsps : 1 cup), you can do almost anything:

 

  • Use banana instead of berries and add a pinch of cinnamon

  • Swap vanilla for 1 ½ Tbsps cocoa powder to make chocolate pudding

  • Add chopped nuts

  • Use as a dip for sliced apples

 

The possibilities are endless!

 

Healthy, nutritious eating does not mean giving up your enjoyment of food. It truly does mean understanding the ingredients that go into your food and what those ingredients provide for your body.

 

Enjoy life. Live well. Eat pudding. 

 

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