Chia Pudding with Berries

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Tiny chia seeds are packed with fibre and protein making them an excellent choice for your gluten free diet. They promote slow digestion and provide a steady stream of energy so this Summer Chia Pudding is on my list of healthy breakfast options. There are many ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet but breakfast is a great place to start.

A Chia Seed Challenge

Even after you’re into the groove of living gluten free it’s still hard to change a habit. The first time I bought chia seeds I tried them, wasn’t crazy about the texture and let the bag sit there for a year or so. I’d put the bag on the counter for a week then put it back in the cupboard having made nothing. It was like a game I played with myself. Have you played that game?

I know what a powerhouse chia seeds are and I always want to make healthier choices so I tried harder and eventually figured it out. If you’re up for a chia seed challenge try this Summer Chia Pudding three ways and make enough jars to last the week. Here’s what I did to assess the texture and sweetness and find my favourite.

  1. The typical ½ cup plain yogurt with 2 Tbsp chia seeds and 2 tsp maple syrup.
  2. Half the seeds for a softer pudding using ½ cup plain yogurt with only 1 Tbsp chia seeds and 1 Tbsp honey.
  3. One jar with dairy free oat milk and no sweetener.

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Nutrient dense chia seeds are an excellent choice for a gluten free diet and Summer Chia Pudding is only one way to use them.

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The Ratio

Gluten free eaters know all about mouth feel and making chia seed pudding might have you talking about it. The most common recipe is 1 Tbsp chia seeds for every ¼ cup milk or yogurt. The result is a thick gel and when made with yogurt a spoon will stand straight up on its’ own. Just try it and see what you think.

The sweetness is personal. My husband prefers the recipe with a tablespoon of sweetener but two teaspoons is enough for me. The addition of fruit is mandatory and the yogurt recipe with half the chia seeds is my favourite.

Organize For Success

Chia seeds and chia pudding topped with blueberries

If you’ve been around here for a while you know I love Mason jars. If there’s something I can make and portion directly into a jar it’s a grab-and-go win for me. Whether I’m sitting in my garden eating this summer chia pudding or taking breakfast with me to eat at work it’s just plain easy. You can read about my 2-lid system for 7 different sizes of Mason jars in this post, Organize For Success with Mason Jars.

I’d love to hear in the comments below any of your chia stories or what you learned from your chia challenge.

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Ingredients

½ cup plain yogurt, milk or non-dairy alternatives
1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tsp sweetener (maple syrup or honey)

Directions

1
Portion yogurt or milk into a jar and sprinkle seeds on top.
2
Add sweetener of your choice.
3
Stir and let stand at room temperature 5-15 minutes. Stir again to prevent clumps.
4
Chia pudding will continue to thicken and set over the next 1-2 hours but can be enjoyed at any stage. Add fruit and serve or refrigerate for later.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • ½ cup plain yogurt, milk or non-dairy alternatives
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tsp sweetener (maple syrup or honey)
  1. Portion yogurt or milk into a jar and sprinkle seeds on top.
  2. Add sweetener of your choice.
  3. Stir and let stand at room temperature 5-15 minutes. Stir again to prevent clumps.
  4. Chia pudding will continue to thicken and set over the next 1-2 hours but can be enjoyed at any stage. Add fruit and serve or refrigerate for later.