This delicious and nutritious chia pudding contains 7 simple ingredients, which makes it snack-worthy, but also a perfect nutritious treat!
I’m not sure about your kids, but my kids often ask for me to buy them pudding at the store – they mention that their friends have pudding in their lunches and they want to try it too! I’m not opposed to letting my kids try store—bought packaged foods that they’re curious about, because it often takes the novelty of them down a notch and helps them to realize they’re not as amazing as they thought. And a once-in-a-while packaged processed treat is not going to ruin their nutrition – we know this! Serving up ultra-processed foods regularly, on the other hand, is not a great idea, as it will fill precious tummy space that should otherwise be reserved for whole, nutritious foods. That’s why I love chia pudding!
Chia pudding is nutritious and delicious
Chia pudding, in my mind, is the best of both world: nutritious and delicious. And personally, I think it tastes way better than the store-bought stuff anyway! If you think your kiddos might be turned off of having black seeds in their pudding, purchase white chia seeds and grind them up (or purchase them pre-ground). Your kids won’t even notice! We’ve used chia seeds like these for a long time, so my kids are used to them. We call them black power seeds! But still, they prefer the white ground version in this pudding.
Chia seeds are versatile and nutrient-dense
Chia seeds are one of my favourite ingredients, for many reasons. They’re super versatile, taking on the flavour of whatever you pair them with, adding some texture and color to an otherwise bland recipe and, of course, adding loads of nutrition. These little tiny seeds are nutrient-dense, containing protein, fibre, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Just one ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons) contains about 10 grams of fibre and almost 5 grams of protein—both of which help us and our kiddos feel fuller longer! The soluble fibre found in chia seeds can also help to keep blood sugar levels stable and can help protect against many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer.
Vegan? No problem!
You can easily transform this recipe into a vegan version by using a vegan coconut or oat yogurt (which you can find in most stores these days), and a dairy-free milk. For this recipe, I would use fortified coconut milk to add to the coconut flavour. If you’re serving this to a little one under one year, omit the honey (babies shouldn’t be consuming honey, or any added sugar for that matter!).
One of my favourite flavour combinations is coconut and banana – it reminds me of being somewhere hot and tropical! I hope you enjoy!