Did you know chia seeds can ferment? Yeah me either. In fact, I still don’t know if they can. What I do know is that if you make chia seed pudding with almond milk and then leave it in a super hot car (we’re talking 110+ degrees) for a day, it ferments. I am not a scientist so I couldn’t give you specifics on how this happened. All I know is it did this past weekend on our trip up to Redding, California. And it made me very sad.
Chia seed pudding is one of the easiest recipes out there– it takes almost no time at all to prepare, and then for the actual cooking, all you have to do is mix the ingredients together and set aside for a couple hours (or overnight). Literally anyone can make it. And they should because it is so darn good.
And because the base is so simple and healthy, you can mix in all kinds of treats. From fresh fruit to chocolate chips and coconut (yes please), chia seed pudding is my go-to if I am in a rush or if I know I am gonna be on the go all day.
So now you might be asking, “okay even if it is so easy, how do I actually make it?” simple: get chia seeds, mix with milk and vanilla if you like, and then set it aside. No joke. That is it.
But if you want a bit more info, and some fun topping ideas, then keep reading.
CHIA SEED PUDDING (total prep time: 5 minutes) (total wait and twiddle your thumbs time: 2-12 hours)
6 tbsp. chia seeds
2 cups milk, I used almond milk but any dairy or non-dairy kind should work
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
Toppings of your choice (ideas below)
- Combine the chia seeds, milk and vanilla into a bowl.
- Mix together with a spoon or fork.
- Add in the honey or maple syrup, combine again.
- Put into a container (mason jars work great) and put in the fridge.
- Wait for set number of hours (great to make before bed so they are ready in the morning, but 2 hours minimum works too!).
- Then add the toppings.
(Makes two servings)
Want to add a bit of fun to your freshly made chia seed pudding?
Here are a few of my favorite toppings.
- Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, boysenberries (are those even a thing?), any berry works!
- Almonds, are a great way to add a bit of crunch to your pudding.
- Pineapple and coconut- like a healthier pina colada!
- Apple pie anyone? Top with apples, cinnamon and maple syrup or take it up a notch and make it hot (warm up milk, stir in chia seeds for 10 minutes and add toppings, delicious).
- Mango and coconut, perfect if you are wanting your own slice of an island paradise.
- Caramelized bananas and a bit more caramel, because why not? Or instead of caramel, add peanut butter for an extra bit of protein.
- And if you are feeling really daring how about ginger and citrus with a couple pistachios sprinkled on top? You are? Great, find the whole recipe here.
If you are looking for more toppings, check out this list of 36 Chia Seed Pudding Toppings from Greatist.com.