Vegan Chia Seed Pudding
from the Ashram Kitchen
23 January 2020
Our Bhajan Cafe features dishes that are great-tasting AND good for you, too. Maybe that's why we are constantly asked for recipes that you can make at home!
So here's another guest favourite: our Chia Seed Pudding.
One of the most healthy, nutrient-packed desserts we serve at the Bhajan Cafe is our Chia Seed Pudding. These tiny seeds are considered a superfood and with this recipe, you can make it super-tasty at home too.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- Antioxidant Properties: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage and fight off disease and infections.
- Doesn't Raise Blood Sugar: A high fiber count in chia seeds helps with keeping blood sugar low. In fact, chia seeds are one of the best sources of good fiber you can get.
- Curbs your Appetite: Because the chia seeds expand in your stomach, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in water, you naturally feel less hungry, so you consume fewer calories.
- Helps with Digestion: A high fiber content feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestines, which is also key to a strong immune system.
- Great Source of Protein: Vegans especially need to watch to make sure they are getting adequate amounts of protein, and chia seeds are an excellent choice for that. They contain a higher amount of protein than most other plant foods.
- Lowers Food Cravings: Higher protein amounts are also associated with fewer food cravings, so consuming chia seeds is a great way to help you lose weight sensibly.
Make it Yourself
As you know, we make this in large quantities for all our guests and residents here, but you can use this recipe easily at home to make just two servings.
What You'll Need
1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tablespoons sweetener, such as maple syrup, agave nectar, cane sugar, or coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chia seeds (white recommended) (1 1/2 ounces)
Extra garnish for serving: fresh fruit or fruit puree, toasted coconut flakes, toasted macadamia nuts, or almonds
Step by Step
- Stir the coconut milk, almond milk, sweetener, vanilla, and salt in a pint glass jar.
- Whisk in the chia seeds until evenly dispersed.
- Seal the jar.
- Refrigerate overnight to thicken the pudding. You'll know that the pudding is 'set' when the seeds swell to about double their size. They'll have an opaque area of gel around them, too.
- Pour into pretty serving glasses.
- Add your favourite toppings:
We like making this as a fruit parfait: blend ½ cup frozen fruit with 1 tablespoon of water, and pour this puree on top. (You can add toasted coconut or toasted nuts on top, if you prefer.)
Before and After
Chia pudding can be made the night before and kept refrigerated for up to three days afterwards.
The Final Result
This pudding is great for any time of year; it's satisfying for wintertime, and cooling for summertime. Plus, with all the protein, fiber and nutrients in these humble little seeds, it's a surprisingly healthy dessert that's popular with kids and adults alike.
Experiment with your favourite toppings, and try it in a variety of serving glasses to show off the lovely seeds and fruits.