I never thought I’d be posting this vegan recipe on my blog, but I’m currently in love with this. It started with a small sprinkle over my breakfast oatmeal, then I got grew enough courage to actually try it on its own. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the taste.
“Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micro-nutrients. They are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macro-nutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.
So despite of it being just recently popularized, Chia seeds are among the few trendy “super foods” that are actually worthy of that term.
Chia Pudding has become a mainstream treat. Let’s start with the obvious here, the fact that this stuff looks pretty weird. A weird looking science experiment that takes place in the fridge, and you have to actually put in your mouth and eat it. It may not be appealing, but all it takes is one spoonful of it, and you’ll be hooked.
There are so many variations on the theme that its hard to find a combo that hasn’t been done yet. I was craving something with a bit of an oriental flavor. Orange blossom water and pistachios sounded just perfect.
However, there is one little controversial point, which is the texture. The chia seeds expand in liquid so it forms a natural gel like texture. Which might not be very pleasant for everyone (it worked fine with me). But if you’re uncomfortable with that texture in your mouth, you can easily pop the mixture into a blender and work it till it’s smooth.
It’s great to be able to combine a few lovely little ingredients in a sweet little jar, put the jar in the fridge and wake up the next day to breakfast or a sweet indulgence.
Just do yourself a favor and give it a shot.
Orange Blossom Water Chia Pudding
Makes 4 Small portions (or just 2 big ones)
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk (you can use nut milk of your choice)
- 6 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 2-3 Tbsp honey (adjust to taste)
- 1-2 Tbsp Orange Blossom Water
- Garnish as desired, I made one with pistachio topping and one with sliced kiwis and slivered almonds.
- In a bowl, combine the almond milk, chia seeds, honey and orange blossom water. Whisk until well combined.
- Cover the mixture and let sit in the refrigerator at least for a couple of hours (most preferably overnight).
- Remove the bowl from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
- For those uncomfortable with the texture, here’s where you blend your mixture into a smoothie-like pudding.
- Layer your pudding at the bottom of your serving glasses, and sprinkle with desired toppings.
- Keep it in the fridge till it’s ready to serve.
- Although it’s not recommended, but they will only remain good for no more than 2 days.
Bon Appetit! 🙂