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Chia seeds have literally been on everyone's lips for some time. Particularly famous: chia pudding. We explain here how it is properly prepared.Chia seeds are real power and vitamin packages
The Maya already knew and appreciated them and in many South American countries they are still one of the most popular ingredients for energy bars, puddings and mueslis - chia seeds. The small grains are true power and vitamin packages and are full of fiber, proteins and magnesium. With their numerous vital ingredients, they contribute to a balanced, healthy diet and are therefore very popular with vegetarians and vegans.
The good thing: Chia seeds can be processed in a variety of ways. You can e.g. Make muesli, pancakes or jam from it. There are also some recipes for chia pudding that can be prepared with both cow's milk and vegan alternatives. Chia pudding is also an ideal dessert for anyone who wants to avoid animal products entirely.
Basic recipe for chia pudding
The basic recipe for chia pudding is simple and not a problem even for inexperienced cooks. The good thing: the pudding stays in the fridge for up to a week and is suitable both as a sweet breakfast and as a snack in between. With its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and vitamins, it not only provides the body with an excellent supply, it also keeps you full for a long time.
For a large portion of chia pudding you need:
- 3 - 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 200 ml milk or rice milk, oat milk or soy milk
- 1 tablespoon of sugar, maple syrup or agave syrup
Put the chia seeds together with the sweetener in a bowl and stir. Then pour in the milk or vegan milk substitute and let the mass swell until it has a pudding-like consistency. The seeds form a gel with the liquid and thicken. But since this can take quite a while, it's best to let the pudding swell overnight. That was it. The pudding is ready after swelling.
Our tip: Always try something new!
The basic recipe can of course also be varied. For example:
- Add 3 tablespoons of grated chocolate to the seeds for a chocolate pudding
- Add fresh fruit such as pineapple, bananas, oranges or peaches to the mixture
- Fold in nuts or coconut flakes
- refine the pudding with spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom or in winter with gingerbread spice
Just experiment with different ingredients. You will see that the chia pudding really tastes great in countless variations.
By the way:
The commercial cultivation of the chia plant is now mainly in South and Central America. Under favorable conditions, the annual chia plant can also be planted in European latitudes and thus in the home garden. Everything you need to know about this can be found in our article Growing Chia yourself - How to grow the miracle plant.