Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Chia Pudding


My son is a dessert addict.  Every night after dinner he wants it.  Usually he just gets fruit, a singular cookie or some home made ice cream.  Tonight I found another healthy dessert that was a big hit - chia pudding!  We have had chia pudding several times but tonight we put a little twist on it.  Since a family favorite is mint chocolate chip ice cream, we decided on mint chocolate chip chia pudding.  Between Maddox, Mallory and I we finished off the whole jar we made.  It was pretty tasty!  Here is how you make it.  It takes about 5 minutes to throw together.

Here are the cast of characters.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4- 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP maple syrup

Process - (pay close attention, this is very technical)



Pour all your ingredients into a glass jar.




Give it a good shake.

Put the jar in the fridge.
In an hour or so go back and shake your mixture because it starts to settle at the bottom.
After about 4 hours it will be ready although it tastes even better if you let it sit overnight.

Mint chocolate chip - yummy!
Tasty add-ins


Now that you have your basic chia pudding made have fun and jazz it up, although it is yummy on its own! For mint chocolate chip I put 2 drops of peppermint essential oil into the jar, mixed it up and sprinkled on a few mini chocolate chips.
Of course you can also put fruit and other essential oils in your chia pudding.  Tangerine, wild orange and cinnamon would all be yummy choices!

If you don't yet know how awesome chia seeds are then you should go find out.  They are an amazing little super food that can do great things for your body, and they are tasty.  I get mine at Costco but you can find them here on Amazon too.

To get peppermint essential oil you can visit Spark Naturals at  http://www.sparknaturals.com/?affiliates=157. Use code crunchyurbanmom for 10% off your order.

Be healthy!
Jennie


Here is a little info on chia seeds to get you started.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/chia-seed-benefits-_n_3379831.html
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/top-10-health-benefits-chia-seeds-6962.html