Chia seeds are one of the most healthy plant-based ingredients out there. They are effortless to use and, when coupled with the right ingredients makes for a wholesome treat. My recipe for overnight chia pudding is just what you need, and you will love it, for it takes under 5 minutes to make it.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients. If you are someone new to all plant-based diet, then chia seeds must be a staple in your pantry. For it has more omega-3 fatty acids per ounce than a salmon fish. The chia seeds also contain five times more calcium than milk. Besides these, chia seeds are abundant in antioxidants and are full of fiber. They are a superfood for multiple yet right reasons. Read more about the health benefits of chia seeds here.
My love affair with chia seeds began long ago. I discovered them when I was looking to substitute my omega supplements with something more sustainable and natural during pregnancy. And when I came across the chia seeds, I never looked back to any other animal-sourced omega fatty acids. Also, I loved the fact that at the same time, I was able to deal with post-partum constipation issues. Constipation becomes a real deal to grapple with when you are breastfeeding full time. And for me, I never dealt with this issue before childbirth, so it was really annoying. So glad, chia seeds came to rescue.
Apart from all the nutritional benefits, I enjoy the taste of chia seeds. It makes for an excellent replacer for eggs in baking. I powder the chia seeds and then mix a tablespoon of it in 3 tablespoons of water. Wait for it to thicken a bit and then use it as a chia meal. This recipe is very similar to flax meal. You can use either to replace eggs in your baked stuff.
However, my favorite way to consume chia seeds is by making an overnight chia pudding. In the morning, when I am in a rush, I don’t have to worry about making any breakfast. All I do is top it up with my favorite toppings, which are mostly fresh fruits or dried fruits. And if using raw, I sprinkle a few seeds in salads, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, and even toasts. The opportunity to get creative with chia seeds is endless. You can also try my recipe for strawberry and rhubarb chia jam or mother’s day special chia pudding. But for now, let’s make this easy overnight chia pudding recipe.
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup Frozen/fresh Blueberries
- 1 cup Almond Milk or choice of plant-based milk
- 2 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- Dried Raisins, as per taste
- Choice of Nuts, as per taste
- Blend banana, frozen or fresh blueberries along with almond milk in a blending jar.
- Empty the blended mixture in a mason jar or any other container in which you will be storing the chia pudding overnight.
- Mix in chia seeds, honey, and vanilla essence and stir everything thoroughly.
- Once mixed, close the mason jar with a lid to keep it airtight. Refrigerate it overnight.
- When in the morning, you are ready to consume it, top it up with your favorite toppings like nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruits, or fresh fruits.
- You can skip adding fruit in the first step and use only chia seeds, plant-based milk, honey, and vanilla essence to make overnight chia pudding. You can use fresh fruits as toppings when ready to consume.
- Usually, chia pudding is ready in 3-4 hours, so you can also make it in the morning to enjoy it as a snack or a dessert later in the day.