You’ve probably heard something about chia seeds in the past few years and may even be convinced they’d be a wonderful addition to your diet, but you may not have found very many easy or tasty applications for them. They’re a funny little seed (really beautiful if you look at them really closely) and they form a mucilaginous gel when water is applied to them (even more so than flax seed). When ground they can be used in place of ground flax seed in recipes (proportionally less). But they’re not like other seeds like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds- you can’t simply scoop up a handful and eat them. I’m going to feature the benefits and some suggested uses of chia seeds in my next newsletter, but until then I want to share one of my favorite (and very easy) recipes with chia. I think this one is PERFECT because it features the natural attributes of chia to reproduce a food normally made from highly processed ingredients- Tapioca Pudding. In this recipe I use a combination of spices for a light chai flavor, but I’ve also made chocolate chia tapioca pudding as well (recipe will be forthcoming, but you can probably figure it out on your own!).
Chia Tapioca Pudding
1 15 oz. can of coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of whole chia seeds
2-4 Tbsp. maple syrup (to taste. We use the minimum and it’s still really great. You could also use honey or agave.)
1/8- 1/4 tsp. sea salt (again, to taste)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
pinch or two of ground nutmeg
1/2-1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, crushed or grated
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate if more than two hours. Simply mix before serving.
Variation: If you prefer a smooth pudding you can puree this in a blender after soaking, but we’ve found we prefer the texture of the whole chia seeds.
Optional: Top with chopped pineapple or sliced bananas
It is amazing how the little chia seeds absorb the moisture, uniformly swell and fill the space of the pudding, just like tapioca pearls. This pudding has a nice light flavor and is nutritionally packed!
This recipe shared on the Allergy-Free Wednesdays blog carnival at Whole New Mom.