Cha-cha-cha-chia! Yep, chia seeds were around then too. And yes, it is the same seed that sprouted greens out of your chia pet. Chia seeds are nature’s complete superfood and are finally gaining popularity, making appearances on our everyday kitchen shelves. They have more omega 3 and dietary fiber than any other food from nature. Vegan and gluten free, chia seeds also have a high protein content and are a great source of antioxidants. Sprinkle them raw on your foods or mix them into your next juice for a boost.

This recipe resembles that of a tapioca pudding but, clearly, is much more nutritionally beneficial. I love making this ahead the night before and having it for breakfast or afternoon snack the next day. There are so many ways to flavor chia puddings, from adding raw cacao or chai spices, fruits, fruit preserves and nuts…but here is my recipe for basic chia seed pudding. Let me know if you play around with other flavors!

WarmfoodChia Seed Pudding

{Yield: 4}

1 cup chia seeds
3 cups nut milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk
4-5 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Combine the chia seeds, milk, agave, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir well, so there are no clumps. Let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate.

Erin Stewart O'Cookies

To serve, add fruit or nuts of your choice or eat straight from the bowl. Enjoy!

by DEFINE foods, In-House Natural Foods Chef, Erin O’ Leary Stewart

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