There are many ways to consume chia seeds, at first I’d like to show this very simple, no need to cook “chia pudding”. However, you can always add some chia seeds to your smoothies, home made bread or breakfast cereals. These little guys also make a great egg substitute, when freshly ground, as you’ll see in my next recipe…
By the way, I love about these little seeds that they are pretty… I wish I could make better macro shots to show you the marble-like pattern on their surface: delicate, almost elegant – definitely worth having a closer look! This pattern is also visible in the finished chia pudding.
Thinking about minerals, poppy seeds came to my mind. As I wrote earlier, poppy seeds are outstandingly rich in calcium, so I decided to make a “calcium bomb” of a dessert by combining chia and poppy seed layers.
- To make the chia pudding, simply pour the plant milk into a blender, add sweetener and vanilla extract to taste. Sprinkle chia seeds over the top, and blend it all together in the lowest gear. Set aside to rest in a small bowl for at least 10 minutes: that should be enough for it to thicken.
- The poppy seed layer is also made in the blender: just like previously, mix plant milk with flavorings, sprinkle over with poppy seed, blend, done.
- The simplest way to extract pomegranate seeds is to cut the fruit in half, turn it over a bowl, and start “hammering” the fruit with a spoon.
- Pour the layers into a pretty glass: chia-poppy-chia-poppy-pomegranate… And enjoy!
This chia pudding is a very handy breakfast or dessert base, as it can be kept in a closed container in the fridge for a couple of days without any problem. You can serve it any time with fresh fruits and/or (roasted) seeds, etc.
Chia seeds are outstandingly rich in dietary fiber, so satisfactory fluid intake is a must!
About the numbers… 4 servings of this dessert contained approx. 90g carbohydrates, which makes 24g CH/serving. Of course, this depends on the size of the pomegranates: chia pudding alone is “responsible” for approx. 20g, poppy seed layers for 30g carbs.
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