Saturday, December 15, 2012

How to make vegan flavored chia pudding / yogurt

So, what's chia!? It's an amazing little seed packed with protein, omega3 and omega6, as well as other vitamins! PLUS, IT EXPANDS! MAKING YOU FEEL FULL AND SATISFIED!

places you can buy chia:

  • costco
  • health food store
  • trader joe's
  • vitamin store
  • whole foods
  • online
Your best bet is buying it in bulk (2 lbs or more) or else it's a little pricey.

Ok, so first things first, gather your ingredients, you'll need;

  1. chia seeds
  2. coconut milk, or light coconut milk (almond milk would probably work fine)
  3. raw agave syrup, maple syrup, raw honey or organic powdered sugar, I use raw agave, I would not recommend processed agave or processed non organic sugar  If you use honey, be careful, some brands of honey harden when cold.
  4. pick a flavor- vanilla extract, natural oreos, coco powder, applesauce, blueberries, pureed peach, strawberry, banana or other fruit, mint extract... possibilities are endless.

1.I usually make a double batch, but for a small batch, pour 1/4 
cup of chia seeds into a medium bowl.              
  (If you have an issue with certain consistencies,
 try pulverizing the chia to a powder in a grinder. 
this will eliminate the lumpiness, but it should still thicken like the whole seed)

2. Pour in 1 cup of non dairy milk. I usually use light canned coconut, or regular coconut milk

3.Add 1/4 raw organic agave (or another sweetener)
mix well.

4. If you are using blueberries you can toss them in now and gently whisk around.
I used pesticide free frozen blueberries. Do not use conventional berries.
before it sets

*******refrigerate and let set for at least 2 -3 hours

after it sets

If you would like it to be thicker you can add more chia, or almond meal, flax meal, garbanzo bean flour...
If you want more calcium you can steam/boil empty egg shells and pulverize them into a powder and add that, or buy calcium powder. You could also add probiotic powder.

And there is my son's breakfast; vanilla blueberry chia "yogurt"
with raw agave, coconut milk, a dash of vanilla, and a handful of wild blueberries.

**If you are using oreos, or cocoa almond spread,
put it in a bowl, smash it as best as you can, whisk in coconut milk until evenly distributed, then add sweetener and chia.

For my pudding, I use trader joe's natural "oreos"
I get about 4, and smash them with a dash of coco

Then I mix in the chia, agave, and coconut milk

wah lah! perfection in your mouth!!

I got this basic chia pudding recipe from trader joe's.   :)
The flavored recipes are my own. If you re post them, please give my blog credit.

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