Love chia pudding but hate the overnight (or hours) wait? Wait no more, my friends! This instant chia pudding is ready in around 20 minutes.
This chia pudding is rich in nutrients, super easy to throw together, kid-friendly and extremely versatile (so many topping options!). Really, the only thing not to love about chia pudding is the overnight wait for it to thicken. Well….wait no more my friends, because I have the solution for you with my Almost Instant Chia Pudding! While not quite “instant”, it’s pretty close! You’ll have a deluxe chia pudding ready to eat in about 15 to 20 minutes. Yum!
What you need to make this chia pudding
Chia seeds: Are rich in health-promoting fats and the Omega-3 fatty acid ALA. They are loaded full of fibre, calcium and protein too!
Yogurt: We know that our friend yogurt contains probiotics that are helpful for the gut. I love using Greek, which packs a protein hit; you can use your favourite dairy or vegan yogurt.
Milk: Both plant and dairy milks have Vitamin D added (as long as they’re enriched), which helps us absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth!
Toppings of your choice: This is where the fun and creativity comes into play! Keep on reading for some ideas.
Some of our preferred toppers that you might wish to try:
- Granola + almond butter + banana + shredded coconut + dark chocolate chips
- Granola + strawberries + blueberries + lemon squeeze
- Granola + vanilla yogurt + diced apple + cinnamon + dark chocolate chips
- Chopped cashews or pistachios + mango + banana + squeeze of lime (not pictured)
The fun is in the mixing and matching, you nearly can’t go wrong!
How to make this almost instant chia pudding
It couldn’t be simpler – heat up your preferred milk, add it to a jar, stir in the seeds, syrup, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt and let the mixture sit for a few minutes, until it starts to “set” or thicken.
Add a dollop of your favourite yogurt, stir, and chill. Once the pudding has gelled, after 10 to 15 minutes in the freezer, it’s ready to be topped with crunchy granola or chopped nuts and juicy, fresh fruit. I love to add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice over the fruit for a bright tang that enhances the sweet pudding, mmmm!
How to enjoy chia pudding
Chia pudding has been popular for a while now, and no wonder. It assembles quickly with pantry ingredients that are usually on hand and its subtle sweetness is appealing to everyone. You can use black or white chia seeds, whichever your family enjoys most. I like to use whatever granola I have handy (we love this one) and if I’m short on fresh fruit, frozen works great on this pudding.
It makes a lovely breakfast or lunch addition and is a great snack to help fill in the nutritional gap between kids’ meals. For parents, it’s a peace of mind snack or dessert as everyone can add their own preferred toppings (and parents know what the faves are, so we can have them out and ready!) and this recipe provides an opportunity for kids to try a new food, perhaps a new fruit or granola? Oh, and it’s school-safe as well, as long as you don’t use nuts as a topping.
You don’t need to take my word for how fabulous it is, though, if you have 20 minutes or so and a bag of chia seeds, I encourage you to give this simple, sweet and pretty recipe a try. We know that kids are more likely to eat a dish that they helped to prepare, why not let them choose the toppings and set them out in little bowls at the table? You can triple or quadruple the recipe to have enough for the whole family. This is a recipe to have fun with, both eating and making it! It travels well, too, making it perfect for lunchboxes (theirs and yours!) and after-school sports or activities.