Easy to make and very enjoyable to eat! This pleasing dish makes an excellent breakfast or an exquisite dessert. Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian.
Does anybody remember the Chia Pets from the ’80s?
One of the original as-seen-on-TV products (or was that even around?), Chia Pets were decorative little potters in the shape of animals. The excited owner would plant the chia seeds and only a week or two later, have a bunch of tiny green plants that looked like hair for the little critter. I was obsessed with Chia Pets when I was a kid.
You can imagine my dismay, then, when I became an adult and health nutritionists started calling these little seeds “superfoods”. It took a minute before I really wanted to eat the little seeds that I had seen grow into hair for the Hedgehogs, Elephants, and Puppies on my window sill.
If you still haven’t tried Chia Seeds, this recipe is a perfect opportunity! Chia seeds really are a superfood. They have more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than salmon, making them the richest plant-based source around. Omega 3s are well known in the health community for helping us stay sharp as we age. They may also help lower the risk of depression, arthritis, and heart disease. And your body cannot manufacture them, which means you must either eat them or take them as a supplement.
When mixed with liquid, these fiber-packed seeds adsorb the liquid and cause it to “gel” like tapioca pudding. In this recipe, we add strawberries for antioxidants and unsweetened cocoa powder for decreased inflammation in the body– and to make it taste amazing, too!
If you don’t like the way chia seeds feel when you are eating the pudding, you can always add the chia seeds to the blender with the other ingredients. The whole pudding will become smoother.
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian, and Mediterranean Diet approved! Give it a try and let us know what you think!
If the pudding does not gel as much as you would like, your chia seeds might be too old. Try using newer chia seeds.
Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a Mom of 3 little people, a Mediterranean Diet enthusiast, and a business expert. Any day of the week, you will find me in the kitchen cooking up festive new recipes using Mediterranean Diet principles. I love breakfast for dinner, long days at the beach, the perfect glass of wine, and spontaneous adventures. Originally from Atlanta, I now fondly call Virginia my home.