Introduction: Chia Seed and Soy Milk Pudding
My old college roommate was a gigantic health nut, and chia seed pudding was one of her favorite desserts because of its nutritional value. Chia seeds are high in minerals, calcium, vitamins, protein, and fiber, and playing a starring role in recent health food crazes, so I thought I would share this recipe for anyone in need of a healthy new dessert!
Step 1: Ingredients
Only 2 basic ingredients for this simple recipe:
- handful of chia seeds
- sweetened soy milk
- [OPTIONAL] any type of fruit!
You'll also need a sealable container to cool the pudding - in the picture, I reused an old jam jar.
Step 2: Add the Seeds
For one serving of pudding, pour a handful of chia seeds into your container. Right now, they're dry, but once you add in the liquid, the volume will double, sometimes almost triple!
Step 3: Pour in Soy Milk
Add in about double or triple the amount of soy milk as you did the chia seeds and stir. This is when the magic happens! After a couple minutes, the seeds will start to absorb the liquid, providing a gel-like "pudding" consistency. Now is a good idea to sample the pudding. If you decide it isn't sweet enough, add in some sort of sweetner (preferably honey or syrup, but sugar is fine if you make sure it dissolves). After you're satisfied with the taste, seal the container and put it in the fridge for a couple hours.
An interesting fact - chia seeds can hold up to 12 times their weight in water!
Step 4: A Couple Hours Later...
When you take the container out of the fridge 2-4 hours later, the chia seeds will have absorbed enough of the liquid in the soy milk so that the pudding has a more solid, viscous, texture, like that shown in the first picture. To serve, scoop out the pudding into a small bowl, top with fruit and nuts, and Enjoy!