Smoothie Chia PuddingApr 11 2012 by
I know there are lots of good things about chia seeds but I’ve just never gotten all that excited about them. I know that they contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper and protein too, but they are too small to eat as a snack like pumpkin or sunflower seeds. They really have no taste on their own. They just didn’t do anything for me until I discovered chia pudding. I always keep a few containers of pureed fruit and juice in the freezer for a quick smoothie for those times when I need an instant breakfast. I thaw it, add some milk and it’s ready to go. I used this same fruit puree with chia seeds to make a delicious Smoothie Chia Pudding and now the chia seed and I are good buddies. If you have’t already, make friends with the chia seed today with this light and tasty pudding.
- 8-10 ounces fresh fruit of your choice
- 1/4 cup fruit juice
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- coconut nectar or raw honey to taste (optional)
- In a blender or food processor combine the first 3 ingredients (and sweetener if using) and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a small bowl and stir in the chia seeds.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Stir and serve.
Makes 2 cups.
Serving size 1 cup.
Nutritional information will vary depending on the ingredients used. This nutritional information is based on strawberries, orange juice, lite coconut milk and chia seeds.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 241, Cal. from Fat: 91, Total Fat: 11g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 30g, Fiber: 15g, Sugars: 17g, Protein: 5g, Sodium: 12mg, Chol: 0mg
I like to mix up the ingredients at night before I go to bed so the pudding is ready and waiting for me in the morning.
Be creative with the ingredients. I use coconut milk for extra flavor but regular milk with vanilla bean is really good too. Try using spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger for a different taste. I love pumpkin anything and pumpkin spice chia pudding (pumpkin puree, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey) is one of my favorites. Chocolate is a good option too.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.