Chia Pudding with Granola

When I first ventured onto Instagram to change my eating habits one of the first accounts I found was Jess at Choosing Chia. The perfect person to learn the perfect chia pudding recipe from! Her clever ways with this amazing ingredient and gorgeous pictures and really influenced me from the start. 

Chia seeds have become one of the most popular 'super foods' out there and with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and omega 3 who can be surprised. They're said to be great for your skin, for digestive health (yeay!) and for boosting your energy and metabolism. So that makes them an ideal breakfast ingredient in my book. 

A big thank you to Nourishing Amelia too, who posted a pudding similar to this which inspired me. 

SERVES: 1
PREP TIME: 10 minutes + 1 hour (or overnight) for soaking
COOK TIME: 0 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 40g (1/4 cup) chia seeds 
  • 115ml (1/2 cup) almond milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1tbsp sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey or rice malt syrup)
  • 1tbsp cacao powder
  • Granola and pumpkin seeds to serve

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to gel, then re-stir. 

3. Let it sit for an hour (sometimes I'm impatient and do less, but best to allow for maximum soakage!) or overnight in the fridge. 

4. When you've done your soaking, divide the mixture into two, and stir through your tablespoon of cacao into one half. 

5. Serve in a glass, layering the cacao and vanilla one after the other. Top with whatever you want - mine here is Maria Lucia Bakes fruit-free granola and pumpkin seeds.