I have been on a chia seed pudding bandwagon for a while now. While these little tiny powerhouse seeds may take you a bit of time to get used to (mainly due to their texture), they will quickly become a staple in your kitchen. Because of their very mild, nutty flavor they are pretty versatile and can be used in many recipes such as smoothies, added to breakfast cereals (I add a tablespoon to my oatmeal all the time), sprinkled on salads and of course made into a delicious desert such as this pudding below.
One of the reasons I love chia seeds so much is their amazing health benefits. They are a great source of plant based protein (4.7 grams per serving) and dietary fiber (11 g). Protein is an essential macro nutrient needed for many functions in the body one if which is muscle building. Fiber helps with weight loss by keeping you feel full longer and by aiding in digestion.
Moreover, chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation and may lower risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids are also known for regulating blood sugar levels and insulin, resulting in weight loss. And if that wasn’t enough, chia seeds contain antioxidants (which help our bodies get rid on free radicals), magnesium, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, phosphorus & iron.
Another superfood ingredient in this recipe is the dragon fruit powder. While I am obsessed with it’s color, it also has many health benefits. Dragon fruit is known for its immune boosting quality due to high levels of vitamins C and B. It also has antibacterial properties and boosts metabolism.
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 1.5 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dragonfruit powder
- Mix together chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup. Stir well and put in fridge to soak overnight (or at least 3 hrs).
- When chia seeds absorbed the liquid and you see a pudding consistency, separate the mixture into 3 separate parts. Add a bit of dragonfruit to the first pudding mixture until desired darker color. Add a little less to the second portion and even less to the last part. *You can always add more almond milk if the mixture is too thick. You can also add more or less maple syrup to your preferred sweetness level.
- Layer into a glass & enjoy!