Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
from Grace Van Berkum
Chia seeds, nature's little powerhouse, are an amazing superfood providing calcium, alkalinizing, absorbable protein, and anti-aging antioxidants. (Yes, this is where the famous chia pet came from!) They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids much needed for optimal energy levels, heart health, brain health, and burning fat. Their high fiber content helps to stabilize blood sugar and suppress hunger.
This recipe for Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding is a healthy, vegan, nutrient dense breakfast, snack, or dessert that will provide you with sustainable energy. It's an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids too.
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
**topping: fresh fruit, and/or fresh coconut, and/or fresh mint.
**variation: instead of adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, add 1 tsp of raw, organic cocoa powder or carob powder for a chocolate chia pudding.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes so the chia seeds can do their chia magic. Abra-ca-dabra... they will soak up the moisture and turn into a pudding consistency. Chill (if you can wait!) and then serve.
Top with fresh berries of choice, and/or fresh mint leaves, and/or sprinkle fresh grated coconut on top. I like to serve it in a martini glass!
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Grace Van Berkum is a registered holistic nutritionist, Sivananda Yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, and founder of GLO Selfcare Center in northern Nicaragua. She is known for her nutrient-dense and delicious raw, vegan, plant-powered recipe creations and leads retreats on nutrition, conscious eating, and yoga worldwide.