Recipe: Overnight Chai Chia Pudding

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I still cannot find a chia pudding or yogurt alternative that I can eat, but at least I can make a really good protein-packed one with only a trio of ingredients. 

To make chia pudding, you only need two things: a non-dairy milk alternative and chia seeds, or in this case, chia protein powder. Chia protein powder is basically ground up chia seeds. I enjoy the smoother texture the powder produces in the pudding as opposed to the seeds after experimenting with both of them.

Chia is amazing in that is absorbs so much liquid, which makes it an excellent egg replacement or binder for this pudding.

As chia pudding only requires those two ingredients, it’s basically a blank canvas that beckons for you to incorporate your favorite flavors into it. For me, I found this new chia-flavored protein smoothie mix and wanted other ways to use it besides mixing it just in almond milk. Using it to flavor and sweeten chia pudding seemed like the perfect way to do that.

This recipe really hinges on all three of its ingredients. You need a quality chia protein powder, tasty vanilla almond milk (I recommend unsweetened, unless you really love sweet things), and a great chai-flavored smoothie mix. If you don’t have those things, I can’t promise the recipe will turn out the same.

My favorite way to eat the chai chia pudding is with Brad’s Raw sweet potato chips. Feel free to top it with any fruit or granola you love.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vanilla non-dairy milk (I use Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1 1/2 tablespoons chia protein powder (I use Foods Alive)

1 tablespoon chai-flavored smoothie mix (I use Manitoba Harvest vanilla chia hemp seed one)

Recommended other optional toppings: Dash of cinnamon, sliced banana, gluten-free and vegan granola

Directions: 

In a small bowl whisk together all three main ingredients. You want to start whisking as soon as you get all the ingredients together because the chia powder will start to clump together. Whisk until no clumps of either powder remain.

Cover and refrigerate overnight; or for at least 8 hours to let the chia continue to soak up the liquid. Then top with whatever you want and enjoy.

Makes one serving.

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