Yesterday at Whole Foods, they were offering little samples of chia seed pudding, which inspired me to make some for today’s mid-morning snack. You may use any fruits you like, but I threw a large handful of fresh pineapple chunks and a slightly larger handful of strawberries into the Vitamix and blended them until they were very smooth and sort of frothy. Next I added a few drops of agave nectar and blended again.
Then I poured the mixture into a bowl and stirred in about 3 Tbsp of chia seeds (see photo below). I covered the bowl and put it in the refrigerator while we went outside to soak in the hot tub in the glorious rain–then an hour later, we had a perfect pudding! I made a separate pudding with just pineapple and chia seeds and used it as a topping. It was OK, but the strawberry/pineapple combo was by far the crowd favorite. Zander literally licked the bowl after he had scraped out all that he could with his spoon.
You could add other things after blending–like shredded coconut or little chunks of fruit for texture–but I prefer this pudding smooth and creamy.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough what a quick, easy, and delicious treat this is–and healthy, too! Not only do you get the benefits of eating fresh, living fruits, but according to the back of the chia seed package, these little nutritional powerhouses contain:
-all essential amino acids,
– 16% complete vegetable protein,
– 100% or more Omega 3s than salmon,
– 6 times more calcium, 11 times more phosphorus, and 4 times more potassium than milk,
– double the amount of free-radical fighting antioxidants found in blueberries, and
– 6 times more iron than spinach.