I’ve been adding Chia seeds to my cereal, yogurt, or pretty much anything I can think of off late. Like I mentioned before in my rice flour muffin-cake with chia seeds, the chia seeds are almost like poppy seeds, but of course surpass poppy seeds in nutritional value. Looking at the packaging of the chia seeds I got said that chia seeds were ancient grains that have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years and these seeds are truly one of the oldest and best super foods available. Chia was a staple in the diets of both the Aztecs and Mayas in Central America. Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3, high in antioxidant, high in protein and fiber. It doesn’t have much taste on its own and I recently found out that when chia seeds come in contact with liquid it will “gel up” and thicken the liquid. So, this is perfect to make a pudding without having to cook it at all. I saw this clementine chia pudding recipe at the Health magazine and decided to give it a try. The pudding is lightly sweetened with agave nectar and and extra sweetness from the clementines too. It’s a very refreshing pudding and knowing that you can crave that sweet tooth of yours without much guilt at all! The best part is you don’t even have to turn on your stove at all. No cooking required! 😉
- 1 cup of low fat milk
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp of agave nectar
- ¼ tsp of nutmeg powder
- 2 clementines
- If you have a drink container with a lid, it will be perfect to use to prepare the pudding concoction. If you don't, it's not that big of a deal too. If you use a drink container, then pour your milk, chia seeds, agave nectar and nutmeg powder in. Secure the lid and shake it to mix everything. You can then pour it out into serving bowls or cups if you wish. Cover with plastic wrap and let refrigerate for at least 4 hours. If you don't have a drink container with lid, pour your milk into a serving bowl or cup big enough to accomodate at least 1½ cup of liquid. Pour in the milk, nutmeg powder and agave nectar. Gently stir with a spoon until well-mixed. Slowly add in the chia and stir with spoon. It won't really mix together at first. It's okay, try to mix it as much as you can. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Get it out from the fridge about 1 hour later. The liquid will started to thicken already, give it a good stir and the chia seeds should mix nicely with the liquid now. Cover it back again and refrigerate for at least another 3 hours.
- When ready to serve. Top with some clementine and some extra agave nectar if you wish