When living in LA you can’t get around Chia Seeds. They are virtually everywhere. I remember when a few years back my husband and I would not buy them when in Munich, because they were too expensive and hard to get by. A lot has changed since then and Chia Seeds are not only to be found in most stores, they also became affordable.
However, it has taken me a very long time to prepare my first Chia Seed pudding at home. I’m usually feeling hesitant towards trends and prefer for the hype to slow down before I join the party.
Chia Seeds are high in vitamins, protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3’s. Hence they make for a deliciously healthy breakfast that will provide you with a lot of energy to start the day.
Plus, this will be most likely be the richest, creamiest, orangiest pudding you’ve ever had.
Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding
∼ Serves 2 ∼
1 Cup of milk of choice
1/2 Cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1 Vanilla bean
In a bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla bean seeds and maple syrup. Add the chia seeds and whisk constantly for at least 90 seconds. By doing this, a gel will begin to form around the outside of each seed, preventing them from building clumps. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, stir again and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, give the pudding another vigorous stir, divide it into serving bowls and top as desired: dates, pecans, walnuts, coconut flakes… so yummy!