I always feel like I am taking a risk when I post a recipe like this. I love this chia pudding, but will anyone else?
Maybe I’m self-conscious because my 11 year old son told me this chia seed pudding was nasty looking? And that no matter how nice a picture I took (he consented that the picture is, indeed, pretty nice), I would not be able to talk you into trying it.
I hope that he’s wrong.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients: they contain omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals including calcium. I usually buy them in bulk at my local natural foods store, but you can also buy them from iHerb or Amazon.com.
Chia seeds are popular in raw foods/vegan diets and are often used to make “pudding” because they swell when liquid is added and take on a somewhat gelatinous consistency. This particular recipe happens to makes a super healthy, gluten-free breakfast, but it can be a snack or dessert, too.
Chia seeds don’t have a lot of flavor so the mix-ins play the starring role. Here we’ve got pecans for crunch, raisins for sweetness, and crystallized ginger for a little healthful and slightly spicy “oomph”. I used my homemade crystallized ginger: it has less of a bite than the kind you buy in the store and I love how the demerara sugar dissolves and every so slightly sweetens the pudding. If you don’t have any homemade crystallized ginger, start by using a small amount of the store-bought kind and add more to taste.
You could serve this with a splash of raw/organic milk, homemade nut milk, or your favorite store-bought dairy-free beverage, but I like it just fine “as is”.
Chia Pudding with Pecans and Candied Ginger
*1/2 cup very hot water
1/4 cup chia seeds
*handful of pecans, chopped
*handful of organic raisins
*several small pieces of crystallized ginger (I used homemade), chopped
*1/2 apple or pear, chopped- optional
*drizzle of pure maple syrup or your favorite all natural sweetener to taste-optional
*tiny pinch of sea salt-optional
1. Place chia seeds into a bowl and pour the hot water over them. Add pecans, raisins and ginger and stir to combine.
2. Allow the pudding to sit for about 10 minutes while the chia seeds soak up the liquid.
3. Add the apple or pear, if using. Taste and the optional sweetener/sea salt, if desired.