Healthy Chia Seed Pudding
This healthy Berry Chia Seed Pudding is a great breakfast for those of you who struggle to put a breakfast together in the morning. I like to make this chia seed pudding the night before because the chia seeds rest and expand and by the time morning comes along it has thickened to a “pudding” like consistency. Hence, why it is called chia seed pudding.
You can substitute any flavor of protein powder and fruit for the raspberries to make any combination you desire.
Some examples are:
- Chocolate protein powder and banana
- Vanilla protein powder and strawberries or raspberries, with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs
- Vanilla protein powder and apples, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar
- Vanilla protein powder, lime juice, unsweetened coconut and a wedge of lime
Just use your imagination!
Tips and Tricks to Making the Tastiest Chia Seed Pudding
Fresh or Frozen Fruit
Just a note that I prefer to use frozen strawberries in this recipe for Berry Chia Seed Pudding because I always have them on hand. However, you can swap out frozen strawberries for fresh. When you use frozen fruit, the fruit releases water as it thaws out. This is good because the “pudding” has a more fluid consistency and isn’t so thick and dense. Therefore, if you prefer to use fresh berries, add a little more milk so that the chia seed pudding is not so dense.
Choosing Protein Powder
A lot of people are not familiar with protein powder. Particularly if you don’t workout. Their is no magic knowledge needed to pick the best protein powder. It really depends on what you are looking for in a protein powder. Some people buy protein powders as a meal supplement while others buy a protein powder to simply supplement their protein in take.
And when you consider the type of protein, well, the possibilities are virtually endless. From vegan to vegetarian to whey to soy and the list goes on and on. When picking out a protein powder, just choose one that you think you will use regularly. And, if you are really not interested in using protein powder, just substitute the protein powder for either a regular yogurt or greek style yogurt.
This is the exact protein powder that I used.
Mixing the Ingredients
I find it handy to use a mini whisk to combine the protein powder, chia seeds and milk to make this chia seed pudding. The whisk helps to prevent lumps from forming from the protein powder.
It’s best to make this pudding and let it rest overnight. But, if you forgot or didn’t plan on making this you can combine the milk, chia seeds and protein powder and microwave for about 40 seconds. If needed let is stand for 10 minutes while you do something else.
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Recipe Details for Chia Seed Pudding
- Place the chia seed in a small bowl or glass. Add the protein powder and milk.
- Mix well. (I use a mini whisk to combine everything so that there are no clumps.) Add frozen raspberries (no need to stir at this point). Add coconut or any other toppings you desire.
- Let stand for an hour or refrigerate overnight. Microwave for about 40 seconds at a time, if you prefer to eat your chia seed pudding warm.