Are you in search of a dessert that’s not only delicious but also packs a nutritional punch? Look no further than chia seed pudding! This wholesome treat is not only a delight for your taste buds but also a fantastic way to support your family’s well-being.
Chia Seeds: The Tiny Powerhouses
These tiny seeds are loaded with fibre, which is a great ally in promoting healthy digestion and preventing constipation. Just a single ounce of chia seeds provides a significant portion of your recommended daily fibre intake. This can be especially beneficial for kids who might struggle with tummy issues or irregular bowel movements.
A Filling and Nutrient-Rich Dessert
Chia seed pudding is not only gentle on the tummy but also incredibly filling. The seeds expand and form a gel-like texture when soaked in liquid, creating a satisfying pudding-like consistency. Plus, chia seeds are rich in essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants, making them a wonderful addition to your family’s diet.
Kid-Friendly and Easy to Make
One of the best things about chia seed pudding is how simple it is to prepare, making it a perfect activity for kids to get involved in the kitchen. They can help measure out the ingredients, mix everything together, and even choose their favourite toppings. As the pudding sets in the fridge, the anticipation will grow, and your little ones will be excited to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Creating Your Chia Seed Pudding Masterpiece
Making chia seed pudding is as easy as 1-2-3. Start by mixing chia seeds with your choice of liquid – whether it’s cow’s milk, yoghurt, or any other plant-based alternative. Add a touch of sweetness with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and a dash of vanilla extract for flavour. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and voila – you have a delicious and nutrient-packed dessert ready to enjoy.
Coconut Chia Pudding
- 1 cup greek yogurt/alternative
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2-1 tsp beetroot powder if want to make pink layers
- Measure out all the ingredients.
- Prepare & chop fruit.
- Add all ingredients except fruit into a bowl.
- Mix well to create a smooth mixture.
- Split mixture into 3 and add beetroot powder to create different shades of pink if desired.
- Add to air tight containers.
- Leave in fridge to set- at least 2 hours.
As you dive into the world of chia seed pudding, you’ll find endless possibilities for customisation. Experiment with different fruits, nuts, and flavourings to create your family’s signature pudding. Hungry for more family-friendly recipes and expert tips? Join our mailing list today to receive regular updates, recipes, and advice on raising happy and healthy eaters. And if you’re ready to master mealtimes explore our online course designed to empower parents in creating positive and enjoyable eating experiences for their children. From tackling picky eating to fostering a love for nutritious foods, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian.