I have always been a massive fan of chia seeds, I can’t remember when my fascination with them began but I generally love anything that the Aztecs devoured and as a kid I hated rice pudding but would love tapioca pudding.
My Paleo Vanilla Maple Chia Pudding lets me reminisce a little, it’s filling, it’s nutritious and the flavour is just so incredibly gorgeous. But it’s not all about reminiscing – chia seeds carry a hefty amount of health and nutritional benefits:
- Chia seeds are hydrophillic meaning that they love water, so much so in fact that they can hold up to 12 times their weight in water! This helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and so is a great aid to weight loss.
- Chia seeds were used by the ancient Aztecs as a running fuel as they helped to keep them hydrated for long periods of time. It also fueled them to run harder, faster and longer.
- Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, high quality protein and antioxidants.
- Chia seeds can help to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and raise your HDL cholesterol (the good stuff), improve symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes and reduce inflammation.
So if you still aren’t convinced then I don’t know what is wrong with you?! Just get that stuff down you!!! Plus my Paleo Vanilla Maple Chia Pudding tastes bloody delicious and takes 5 minutes to take with a maximum of 1 hour setting time!!!
- 400ml tin coconut milk
- 400ml filtered water
- ¼ - ⅓ cup maple syrup (depending upon your tastes!)
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- ¾ cup chia seeds
- In a 1 litre mason jar (preferably with an airtight clip locking system) combine your coconut milk, filtered water, maple syrup and vanilla powder. Whisk until frothy. If you don't own a small enough whisk to fit into the jar then you will have to follow the steps using a mixing bowl and simply transfer to your jar at the end.
- Add your chia seeds and whisk until fully distributed. Place in the fridge and leave to stand for 30 mins to 1 hour until all of the moisture has been absorbed. If you are one of those people who isn't a fan of the 'frog spawn' like nature of the chia pudding then simply place in your food processor for a good 5 minutes until it resembles something much more like that familiar pudding like texture we all used to love as kids.
- Serve hot or cold, straight or with some scrummy grain-free granola.
**Please note that all cup measurements used are British cups and thus equal to 250ml.