February 20, 2015

Chia Seed Pudding

 If "healthy" pudding exists, I think I've found it.  Next to an Açaí bowl, Chia seed pudding is my new favorite mid-day snack.  Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids which makes them healthy AND filling.  After tasting this pudding at a trendy lunch spot, I was determined to make my own.  I found this easy recipe and let's just say it was all gone within a day.

1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk
1 cup plain low-fat (I used non-fat and it came out fine!) Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup, plus 4 teaspoons for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Chia seeds
sliced berries of your choice
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just blended
Whisk in the Chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes.  Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. 
Cover and refrigerate overnight
The next day, spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses.
Top with berries.  Enjoy!

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