*Gluten Free* *Dairy Free* *Healthy sugar alternatives*
|Hannah shaking a batch of Chia Pudding!|
And now, you can get bags of them anywhere. I buy mine at Aldi. I throw chia seeds into smoothies, homemade granola/bars...anything. No one notices and they nutrient benefits are awesome.
Chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and antioxidants. As far as tossing them into recipes, it's a no-brainer. I haven't tried to thicken soups or stews with them...I would be wary of the texture it creates, but a lot of people do it. As far as baking with them, I do it all the time and no one notices.
That said, I've tried recipes for Chia Pudding and I'm going to stick with the one I created that I'll share with you today.
One 1/2 cup serving is 175 calories, 6 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, basically no refined sugar and it'll fix that sweet craving.
Melissa's Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
1/2 cup 30 calorie almond milk
1.5 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp trivia baking blend (you can use more honey or another sweetener to your liking but it will change the calorie numbers)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Feel free to add in fruit, nuts, yogurt etc.
Mix all ingredients in a container and stir/cover and shake well. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or two so pudding has time to thicken...Enjoy.