This is a delicious way to eat chia seeds. Raw creammy, sugar-free pudding with a touch of chocolate flavor due to the cocoa powder.Tasty and healthy, it's easy and fast to make. I’ve already made some other chia puddings using the whole seeds, but this time I blended them for a change and it was really good. You should give it a try.
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
- 6 pitted dates
- 3 TBS of cocoa powder
First thing is to soak the chia seeds in non-dairy milk. In a glass bowl, pour the chia and then cover it with the milk. Put it into the fridge while you prepare the rest of the recipe. Chia seeds needs at least 30 minutes to reach ideal hydratation. You'll notice they swell. The chia increases its volume more or less 10X after being soaked. Drain the dates in filtered water, also using a glass container, and let them soak for the same time as the chia for them to hydrate properly. After this pause to soak these two ingredients, pour the chia into a blender, reserving a few of them for later garnishing. Add dates (pouring the water in another recipiente for later use) and 3 table spoons of cocoa powder. Blend thoroughly until it turns into a nice and smooth cream. If necessary, add some of the water where you soaked the dates. Pour into individual serving bowls, garnish your way and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. I garnished mine with date spread and a tea spoon of chia. If you want, you can pour the remaining water from the dates over the finished pudding, it also looks very nice.
KNOWING MORE ABOUT CHIA
Chia seed is considered a super food due to its countless nutritional properties. Being one of the richest omega 3 and 6 foods, it helps increase good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce bad one (LDL).
It is a complete protein with all essential amino acids, rich in fibers, which help keep the intestines functioning porperly. It contains calcium, vitamin C, iron, potassium and magnesium.
It is also a powerful anti-inflamatory agent. On the other hand, to take better nutritional profit of it, you should take it raw and soaked, with juices or non-dairy milks. When heated, it loses its vitamins, specially the omega 3.
The suggested daily intake is 2 table spoons of soaked chia seeds.
Chia seeds should never be eaten without pre-soaking them because otherwise they will use the liquids in your stomach which can cause water retention and weight gain. You can also make chia flour by processing the grains in the blender and using with other foods. The chia gel is an excellent egg replacement in sweet or savory recipes.
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