Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

I saw it on Pinterest. Tried it. Didn’t overly care for it.

If you are unfamiliar with chia seeds they are a new “superfood” that promises all sorts of health benefits which have become so popular they are now available in suburban supermarkets.

I add a tablespoon of chia seeds to my morning muesli/porridge for its health benefits; it certainly doesn’t add any flavour. After seeing so many pretty pictures on Pinterest of chia seed puddings I was intrigued. Could this bland superfood that I eat for breakfast really make a delicious yet healthy dessert?

A chia seed pudding is very easy to make. It is simply chia seeds mixed with milk, sugar and flavouring, such as vanilla or chocolate, and then placed in the fridge for several hours. The final consistency is very tapioca-like. Dressing up the pudding with some extras, such as fruit, nuts and a small spoonful of mascarpone, as I have done in the photo, will add both visual and textural interest. For me though, it’s just not my thing.

Chia seeds also, somewhat surprisingly, make a really useful egg substitute in recipes where the egg is used to bind ingredients. Simply mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. The seeds absorb the water and transform into a flavour-neutral gloop which is ready to bind. I often use this when making vegetable burgers and even meatballs.

Have you tried a chia seed pudding? Do you use chia seeds at home?


7 thoughts on “Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

  1. He he, perhaps you have saved me from making a similar pudding that I had pinned. We add chia seeds to breakfast concoctions and I sometimes add them to bikkies/banana/date loaves for the kids. I have read about them for binding but haven’t used them for that purpose, I need to experiment a bit more. Great post, thanks, 🙂

  2. Oooh, I like the look of this – I’ve made mango and coconut chia pudding before, but not chocolate. So decadent… but guilt free… Best of both worlds.

    1. I didn’t love this but I may try it again with fruit. I think that might be better. Mango and coconut is so delicious together maybe I’ll start there!

      I used cocoa powder for this pudding and I do wonder if maybe melted chocolate would have tasted better.

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