I Wake Up for This: Chia Seed Pudding

Morning, friends! I'm on a serious detox this week. I spent last weekend at the High Water Music Festival, and definitely did my fair share of indulging (and may or may not have capped off two nights of the weekend with pizza...). Needless to say it's back to the barre and (relatively) healthy meals for this gal right here. 

So what if I told you that not only you could have chocolate pudding for breakfast, but that it could also be healthy? You probably wouldn't believe me, right?

Chia seed pudding has easily become my favorite on-the-go breakfast or dessert time treat. It takes only minutes (and a few simple ingredients) to make, and has enough protein and nutrients to actually count as a substantial meal. These little seeds may be small in size, but don't underestimate their power. They're packed with more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and more Omega-3 than salmon.

In terms of timing, the chia seeds start to absorb the liquid pretty quickly, but you do need to give the pudding a bit of time to fully build the consistency. I usually add all the ingredients, give the jar a good stir and shake, and let it sit overnight so that it's ready to go in the morning (or, I'll make it in the morning for an end of day treat).

INGREDIENTS

3 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 Tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine chia seeds, milk, sweetener, and cocoa powder into a mason jar, and shake to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes, and give the jar another shake to break up and clumps of chia seeds. 

Put pudding mixture into the fridge to set (either overnight while you sleep or during the day while you work!)

Remove from fridge, stir once more, top with fresh berries, and enjoy!

It really is that simple. And the beauty of chia seed pudding is that there are dozens of ways to customize it! You can change the color, the texture, the sweetener, the flavor, and practically any other part of the recipe. I'm a total choco-holic, but you could easily make this with matcha powder, cinnamon powder, or any other flavors you enjoy! The seeds themselves have no flavor, so the pudding will taste like whatever liquid and mix-ins you're using.

How do you like your chia seed pudding?