Apricot Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is a great healthy option for either breakfast or dessert. This apricot chia pudding recipe is creamy and delicious as well as being full of antioxidants and fibre. It is vegan and contains no added sugar, making it a great option for weight loss and a delicious guilt-free treat for the whole family.
If you haven’t yet tasted Chia Pudding then its thyme to give it a try and add it to your list of new foods for this year.
From a simple and easy to make breakfast to a nutritious healthy dessert, chia pudding will deliver on both fronts.
This simple, vegan recipe for chia pudding is so quick to assemble once you have refrigerated the chia mix for a few hours.
Simply make the pudding using your choice of milk and chia seeds. Then store for a few hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator and you are good to go. You can use coconut milk or any healthy alternative. We have chosen to use organic almond milk in this recipe, which is a good source of vitamins B12, D and E.
It is such a versatile dish that you can use any fruit you want as a base, or topping or incorporate it into the mix itself. Berries are a great option, or even pineapple for a more tropical taste! Experiment and see what works for you.
Is chia pudding healthy?
In a nutshell, the answer is yes! Chia pudding is a very healthy dish for either breakfast or dessert due to the numerous health benefits of its ingredients.
Chia seeds are being touted as a “superfood”. They have a wide range of benefits that you and your family can take advantage of by including them in your diet.
Consisting of around 14% protein, they make an excellent protein source for vegans and plant-based eaters. They provide 20% of your recommended fibre intake for the day too, meaning they are beneficial for your digestive system.
Chia seeds are rich in anti-oxidants and minerals such as manganese and magnesium. These are both important minerals so adding chia seeds to our meals can help keep our levels high.
Chia seeds are also a great vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids. They contain the plant form of omega-3 which is called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) whereas the DHA and EPA forms of omega-3 are mostly found in fish and seafood.
As a result Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 for vegetarians and vegans. It is important for those who follow a plant based diet to get enough of this from their food.
Is chia pudding good for weight loss?
Chia pudding is an excellent option for those trying to lose weight. The mix of high protein, high fiber and healthy fats means it will keep you fuller for longer, leading to less snacking in between meals. With chia pudding being so versatile, you can switch out ingredients to suit any meal plan you are following.
Because our Apricot Chia Pudding recipe does not contain any added sugar, it is perfect for those trying to lose weight or simply keep their diet fresh and clean. The addition of different fruits, or a variety of nuts and seeds will give you many different options, all of which are super healthy as well as delicious!
The trick with chia pudding is to experiment and see what you prefer. You may prefer the mix to be thick and creamy or prefer a more runny consistency. The general ratio of seeds to liquid is approximately 4 tablespoons of seed to 1 cup of milk.
We hope that you enjoy our Apricot Chia Pudding recipe as a healthy option for a breakfast, snack or dessert. A great vegan option for those trying to lose weight or simply enjoy vibrant whole foods with every meal!
Billy and Elaine
Apricot Chia Pudding
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 6 fresh apricots
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp honey or other healthy sweetener (more if sweeter taste desired)
- Add the milk to a bowl, then stir in the chia seeds and honey, mixing well to separate the seeds
- Set aside in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight until set (the longer you leave it, the thicker the consistency of the mix)
- Cut the apricots into cubes and puree in the food processor until smooth
- Add a layer of apricot puree to the bottom of the cup
- Spoon some chia mixture on top
- Add chopped bananas to the top of the dish