It is a scary time right now. First instincts are to settle in with comfort food. I whipped up this super easy chia seed pudding as a healthy, but satisfying dessert (before I inevitably succumb to the baking bug and crank out a ton of brownies). Chia pudding is a great thing to make because it requires no cooking, no baking, and flexible with lots of ingredients. The pudding has a lot of fiber, low fat but great protein! The effort needed is equivalent to pouring yourself a bowl of cereal.
Easy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or cashew, oat, soy, skim, 2%, your choice!)
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp. maple syrup (or honey, coconut sugar, raw sugar, Stevia, etc.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or almond extract)
pinch of salt
In a large bowl, glass or plastic container, pour the almond milk over the 1/2 cup of chia seeds. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Make sure the seeds are mixed in well. Leave the pudding for a few minutes and stir again. Leave the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours and give it a stir. The chia seeds should have absorbed the liquid. It may need a bit more time to set. When it reaches your desired consistency, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
For toppings, you can be healthy with fresh fruit, raw almonds and coconut chips like I did for this photo. You can alternatively top with decadent trimmings like chocolate chips, toffee bits, jam, Nutella, etc. This chia seed pudding really is that versatile. Stay home and stay tasty!