Smooth and Simple Breakfast Pudding + Chia Seed Giveaway
May 15, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Meeting with cool clients? Check. Grocery shopping? Check. House cleaning/floor mopping? Check. Lunch with my wonderful cousin, who’s in town for the weekend? Check. Editing? Check. Plans to hang with a dear friend tonight? Check. Beautiful, sunny weather? Check.

In spite of a long week, this day has been a joy from start to finish. Not least because I got to play around with a cool new breakfast. During the week, when I’m rushing around and transporting breakfast to the office, I tend to stick to the tried and true. Raw options include fresh green juice from the juice bar near my office; avocado pudding (with or without sprouted bread); bananas with nut butter; or dehydrated buckwheat with almond milk. Cooked staples are my beloved oats or oat bran; leftover grains, reheated with nut milk; baked yams; and sprouted grain bread with nut butter. Simple, easy. (For more of my fave brekkies, check out this post).

On the weekends, when I have a more time and access to my juicer, blender, and stores of culinary creativity, I like to mix it up. I’ll often throw together a smoothie I’ve been meaning to try, a new juice combo, or something altogether new.

Today, I decided to try a blended chia pudding. I’ve shared some recipes for regular chia pudding with you all before; the idea this time was to blend the pudding, rather than leaving the chia seeds whole, which creates that tapioca effect you see below:

My game plan was simple: blend 1 oz chia seeds (this is about 3 tbsp) with 3/4 cup nutmilk and 2 tbsp of carob powder in my Vitamix. I quickly realized I was out of nutmilk, so I whipped up a hazelnut milk like so:

Hazelnut Milk (Yields at least 4 cups)

1 cup hazelnuts
4 cups water
1 tbsp coconut oil (an idea stolen from Sarma’s recipe for Brazil nut milk; helps to emulsify)
4 pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Blend all ingredients on high for a minute or so. Strain through a cheesecloth or nutmilk bag, and serve. Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

True to the plan, I blended 3/4 cup of my (very tasty) hazelnut milk with the chia seeds and 2 tbsp of carob (but you could also use cocoa powder). I tasted the pudding, realized it needed a bit of sweetness, and added a few drops of stevia; if you have a sweet tooth, you could add agave, dates, or raw honey to this recipe!

The result was a simple, tasty chocolate pudding. Now, I have to warn you: this is not a super-sweet indulgent treat like my chocomole. I liked it a lot, but I would describe it as “plain” — not too vibrant in flavor. You could definitely add sweetness to it, or additional chocolate flavor; you could also spike it with peppermint or orange extract. But I enjoyed the simple, nutty taste just the way it was; it was a perfect, mellow flavor profile for breakfast.

Lately, my girl Angela has been whipping up some crazy cool breakfast parfaits in all sorts of charming glassware. Inspired by her efforts, I decided to serve my pudding as a parfait, layered with slices of my fave fruit. After dusting off a wine glass — those babies don’t get much use in this non-drinker’s apartment — I came up with this:

OK. So maybe this “parfait” wasn’t quite as perfect as one of Ange’s creations:

In fact, it was a bit of a hot mess:

But hey, I tried. And it tasted great.

My favorite thing about chia seeds? Calcium! 1 oz, my friends, contains about 180 mg calcium, which is about 18% of your daily recommendation. This is especially cool for those of us who don’t rely on dairy to meet our calcium needs. Chia seeds also boast Omega-3s (which I’ve written about here) and a ton of fiber, so they’re pretty worthy all around. No wonder that, when I recently gave away a shopping spree at iHerb, so many of you wrote in to say that chia seeds would be your purchase of choice.

Guess what? You’ve got another shot at getting some for free! The kind people at Chia Seeds Direct — who are my go-to source for chia seeds — have offered one of my readers a 2 lb bag of chia seeds. These seeds are high quality, inexpensive, and shipped quickly, so it’s my pleasure to support them with this giveaway! To enter, simply do one, or all, of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me what sort of chia recipe you’re dying to try
  2. Tweet this giveaway, and leave a new comment to tell me you did
  3. If you’re not following me on Twitter yet, please do, and then leave me an additional comment to say so.

Good luck! I’ll announce the winner next Saturday, the 22nd.

On that note, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day. Have a great night!

xo

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  3. I recently started looking into vegan and raw eating. I keep seeing Chia seeds on posts and in recipes- I’m dying to try them out!

  4. I’d love to try chia seeds in a recipe I found on No Meat Athlete’s blog: Carob-Strawberry Chia Energy Bars! I’m not a huge fan of bars, but sometimes a runner like myself just sorta needs them.

  5. i’ve never tried chia seeds before, so i would probably get a bit excited and make a few recipes. the banana thing Angela makes looks so amazing everytime, so probably that first ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have been wanting to make you chocolate chia seed pudding for months now but haven’t been able to find affordable chia seeds. I hope that I finally get the chance!

  7. I’m dying to try a chia seed pudding- in particular I’m interested in a chia seed exercise recovery pudding recipe…which I believe I saw on Oh She Glows.

  8. I’ve been so curious about chia seeds but haven’t tried them yet. I would love to make chia pudding, experimenting with different flavors.

  9. I am dying to try to make your chia pudding. I would mix in some strawberries and bananas and top it off with a spoonful of almond butter! Sounds like this could very well be my new favorite breakfast!

  10. I’ve put chia in oatmeal and smoothies, but I’ve never made chia pudding. I’d like to see what that tastes like. It looks so “bally”!

  11. I’d love to try the 3-Minute Vegan Maple Oatmeal Cookie recipe over at Oh She Glows. I’ve only ever used ground flax seed and water to replace eggs, and I’d love to try using chia seeds and water instead!

  12. I would put them into an overnight oat mix. I’ve been reading a lot about chia seeds and would love to try them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I think I would want to try your blended chia seed pudding up here! I may have already commented… sorry :

  14. I really want to try chai pudding but I am waiting on my new blender to come in ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait!!!

  15. What an awesome recipe. I’m completely out of chia and have been looking where to get more..so thanks for the recommendation!! I guess I’ll be waiting til Saturday to order tho ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Oh we could laways use more chia seeds PLEASE!!
    They are great new mama food (just had baby #3). I want to try some raw crackers where you sprinkle the tops with chia.
    Yum!!!

  17. I want to try this recipe! I tried your regular chia seed pudding and loved it! I haven’t given in to Twitter yet so this will have to be my only entry ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I’ve always wanted to try a chia pudding recipe. I’ve used it in a salad dressing so far, or on my oatmeal. I need to start using them regularly. Right now it’s just been a one-off kinda thing.

    I did not know that about the calcium. I am trying to cut back on dairy, and getting frustrated with the general dietary recommendations out there are for three – THREE – cups of milk or yogurt a day. Talk about being in the dairy industry’s back pocket.

  19. I’d like to just try whole chia seeds in a tapioca-like pudding, as I’ve never had them before. But, since reading the wonderful “Born to Run” (which I won from this very blog), I’ve been intrigued by them.

  20. vanilla cinnamon chia pudding soaked in hazelnut milk with agave or maple syrup drizzled over the top.

    coconut milk soaked chia pudding with spicy chocolate sauce, served warm.

    need to experiment with some savory flavors … risotto style perhaps.

    lk

  21. I love all these chia seed recipes I keep coming across! I personally want to make a whipped cream-ish airy vanilla pudding, since I know the seeds will keep it lighter than the heavy nut creams I’ve been making.

  22. Definitely a pudding recipe. I used to be a pudding addict as a kid but have never had raw, vegan pudding and it sounds delightful.

  23. I love chia seeds! I’ve been using them a lot in my smoothies. I will absolutely have to try your pudding recipes! They look divine!

    I have not actually tried making hazelnut milk before. It must be perfect with the chocolate and chia, though. It is now on my must-try list!

    I did make a lovely drink with cashew milk, chia, and just a touch of molasses a couple weeks ago. (I know molasses isn’t raw, but I had some left to use up! I bet yacon syrup would be just as yummy!)

    It was like a cross between iced coffee and boba tea. Very refreshing!

  24. Ooo! Great giveaway! I’m just running out of my stock of chia seeds, so this would be wonderful. I’d love to try making some sort of boba (bubble) tea thang with chia seeds replacing the tapioca balls.

  25. Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to try one of the chia parfaits I’ve seen floating around your and Angela’s OSG blog. They look beautiful, nutrient-packed and delicious!

  26. I have been curious if chia seeds would yield a yummy seed milk? I think I will give that a shot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. I love chia seeds and use them all the time! I’d love to re-up my stash as I’ve been meaning to try them in a granola bar recipe!

  28. Yay! I would love to try Angela’s VVO w/the addition of chia seeds. Your breakfast pudding looks lovely too! Mmm!

  29. I’d love to try out the chia pudding! I just purchased a Vitamix and it should be here in 5 days so I can start experimenting with more raw foods!

  30. I think it would be wonderful to mix them into smoothies and oatmeal! I have been curious about these little gems but reluctant to purchase so what a fabulous giveaway!

  31. Would love to make some dehydrated crackers using chia seeds and left over pulp from juicing =] Peace

  32. I have been staring at that parfait recipe you posted of Angela’s all weekend. I’m on a cleanse right now but it’s the first thing I want to try when it finishes!!

  33. I have never tried chia seeds, but have been greatly tempted every time I see them at my local co-op. I would probably start by making a pudding since your recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  34. I totally just made my own version of VOO with chia seeds too on my last post!! And I put blueberry jam in there too to spice things up a little. hehe

    I’m hostin’ a little giveaway for organic preserves and thought it would go PERFECT in vegan overnight oats! Does strawberry basil jam and blueberry merlot sound good to you? ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. I’ve always thought about blending the seeds! I thought for some reason it wouldn’t be as fluffy. Good to know!

    So I guess I’d try this recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. i’m going to try the chocolate peppermint chia pudding from your holiday post. i have super awkwardly been incorporating chia into my diet recently since reading about all the health benefits… and i mean awkwardly: sprinkling it on sweet potatoes with dinner, throwing it in my daily green smoothies, etc. it’s tasted fine but i’d like to showcase them with more intention ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I LOVE chia seeds – I think I’m borderline addicted! : ) I mostly eat them in my overnight oats or as a desert in some chocolate almond milk. I’d love to try Angela’s chili where she used chia seeds to thicken the chili! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  38. I would like to try a bread recipe with chia seeds by Kristen Suzanne. . .it sounds great! These seeds are wonderful little critters!

  39. Yum! Love your parfait! I would love to win some chia because I really want to make a chia pudding like Heathy’s or Averie’s…and I want to make your chia breakfast..yum!

  40. I’m almost out of chia seeds and am in desperate need of restocking! I love adding chis seeds to baked goods! They are a great fatty substance replacement for muffins ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. After reading Born To Run, I’m dying to try any Chia recipe. I learned about chia seeds 1.5 yrs ago, promptly forgot about them, and then remembered after reading that book. I would dfntly add them to smoothies in the morning.

  42. I’ve been wanting to make your original chia seed pudding for awhile now. It sounds delicious!

  43. I love adding chia seeds to bulk up my oatmeal, but I am dying to try them in my veggie soups to thicken and creamify.
    I LOVE the calcium factor as well, since I eat a very limited amount of dairy.

  44. I would be super excited to try making all kind of puddings with chia seeds… it would be fun to experiment a bit! (And with 2 lbs, I’d have plenty of seeds to experiment with!)

  45. I would love to try the chia pudding, it looks amazing! do you have to blend it? I need to get my hands on a Vita Mix very soon!!

  46. Lately, I have been grinding up seeds, like pumpkin, flax, and sesame, to use as a salad topping. I’d love to incorporate some chia seeds in my blends. Thanks, Gina!

  47. Hi again,

    This may not count for anything, but while I’d like to follow you on twitter, my company blocks access to all social networking sites and I don’t have a home computer. However, you are one of the few blogs on my blogroll on the Minneapolis Vegan Examiner site =).

  48. I haven’t tried chia seeds yet, but I’m psyched to check them out b/c of all their nutritional benefits!
    I would try Heather’s (of HEAB) Carrot chia juice:

    “I blended 2 cups water with 1 cup carrots and 3 TBSP chia seeds in my Vita-Mix. I then put my juice in the fridge to allow it to thicken. 15 minutes later, I blended the carrot juice with a frozen banana and 7 frozen strawberries.”

    Sound soooooo delicious!

  49. I would try your pudding….I’ve never used chia seeds so, this would be a good place to start…once I tried it by the recipe, I would get more creative and add my favourite things: bananas, avocados and cashews in various combinations.

  50. Chia vegetable stir fry! I’m notorious for using chia for breakfast puddings only…trying to switch it up a bit to get more use out of these fantastic little seeds is my main goal lately.

  51. The tapioca looks so yummy! I have been hearing many so good things about chia seeds lately. I really want to try this recipe for banana soft serve vegan overnight oats from Oh She Glows:

    Ingredients:

    1/3 cup oats
    1 cup almond milk
    1 tablespoon chia seeds
    1 banana, mashed
    1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Amazing Meal chocolate powder (optional)

    Directions: Whisk ingredients together and place in fridge overnight. In the morning, make the Banana Soft Serve.

    Here is a link to the recipe:
    http://ohsheglows.com/2010/05/10/how-do-you-feel-about-womens-magazines/

  52. I would love to try chai as a savory porridge, still haven’t discovered a recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Mmmm I got some “chia goodness” cereal a bit ago, it’s yummy, little bits of dried fruit and nuts in it, and spices. I need to get some plain chia seeds to try out! Sounds Yummmy!

  54. Guess I can’t participate as I do not tweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though if I would win Chia seeds, which I can not get where I live, I would try your pudding recipe and the chia + apple pudding and the chia seed porrige by Loulou.

  55. I would love to try out your pudding from the omg, I made dessert post! P.s, I love your blog! I am a holistic nutritionist myself, and your blog is amazingly inspiring! Thanks!

  56. I would love an opportunity to win a bag of chia seeds because I’m dying to try out a pudding recipe from Sarma’s book Living Raw Food. I’m not a raw foodist, however, I’m very interested in learning easy raw recipes to start down the path of eating more raw/living food. I can’t wait to try out chia seeds! By the way, I really enjoy your blog. I love the pictures of the recipes you make. They look yummy!

  57. I would do a rendition of a Vietnamese dessert called che. Most che besides some type of sweetener has coconut milk, tapioca (substitute chia seeds), taro/purple yam, mung bean, sliced seaweed and even corn. Sounds like an odd combination, but it’s actually really good!

  58. I would definitely want to try this blended recipe. I like chia seed pudding unblended, but the texture is not my favorite.

  59. There is nothing better than a delicious hot mess. Seriously.

    I once made a chia chocolate cracker recipe that I found online – it was phenomenal. I would love to give it another go or attempt some savoury chia cracker variations.

  60. I have to admit….I’m so intrigued by chia but have yet to try anything with them. Please keep writing about them! Maybe if I WIN, I will stop being afraid and do something with them!

    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

  61. I’ve been out of chia seeds for a few weeks and need to get more! I just want to keep making the overnight oats from Oh She Glows blog.

  62. I would just love to try any recipe with chia seeds. I have never had chia seeds before, but I have been very curious to try them lately as they’re all over the blogosphere.

    I think I’d start with this recipe.

  63. i’ve tried chia pudding, but id love to try the blended version, as i love chocolate pudding!

  64. Hi Gina!

    I’m dying to try Raw ‘Rice Pudding’

    Here’s the recipe:

    4-5 tbsp chia seed
    2 cups almond milk
    raw honey or agave syrup to taste

    Combine the ingredients to your taste. Leave the chia to soak for at least 10 minutes before consuming. You can also add other flavours like vanilla, cinnamon or cardamom.

  65. It’s good. yours looks like I could possibly make it one day!

    And yes, I would love to have chia seeds to make anything and everything. twice.

  66. I’d like to try this. I’ve not had much luck with chia recipes – getting the ratio of liquid to seed has continued to escape me despite my best efforts.

  67. I’m up to trying your pudding recipe using coconut oil–I usually just add chia to oatmeal to thicken it up but your creation sounds tasty:)

  68. I’d love to try this recipe! I’m not a huge fan of the plain chia pudding and have been meaning to try it blended like this or maybe with some cashews and dates!

  69. i’ve never had chia pudding, but your blended version looks especially delicious! i would love to try my hand at making it!

  70. I want to try chia in anything (never had it) but I would love to experiment with chia pudding!

  71. I definitely want to try making a blended chia pudding! What a great idea. I also like using chia seeds for my running habits ๐Ÿ˜€ but I have never tried them the way that the cultures of Latin America used to use them: with maize masa and water as a refueling drink…crazy.

  72. Good timing! I’m almost out of chia and could use some replenishment–my fave use for chia seeds right now is for cereal messes that I take to the office – couple kinds of cereal, chia seeds, rice milk, maybe some bee pollen, all stirred together to make a nice mushy mess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. I’d sprinkle them on a banana-date syrup-tahini mash that I make- and now I’m hungry again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I would love to try the pudding, for some reason I haven’t yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. I have been adding chia seeds to my oatmeal and smoothies and LOVE the addition! I really would like to try out a pudding to see if I like it because I am very sensitive to textures…i would love to win 2lbs of chia seeds!!

  76. I would love to try your recipe! I am always interested in creating new breakfast options and the chia seed pudding is looking tasty!

  77. I’ve never tried chia seed but I’m so enamored by how visually stunning all the chia seed puddings I see are. I would love to give one of those a shot!

    (ps – hot mess? never judge a book by it’s cover!!)

  78. i really want to try a chia carrot cake recipe that I saw on no meat athlete. It looks really interesting and I’ve only made puddings with chia seeds before, so I’d love to try something new.

  79. I like adding some chia seeds to my oatmeal. It gives it an interesting texture, plus lots of nutrients!

  80. I would love to make some of the vegan overnight oats recipes with chia seeds I have been seeing!

  81. I just made this Gena — it’s ridiculously good! This may be a good one to add to the breakfast repetoir!!

  82. I have been wanting to try chia seeds ever since I stumbled across your blog! I also see Angela’s delicious looking overnight nights oats and can’t wait to try them!

  83. This is exactly the type of recipe I’ve been meaning to try. I have made my share of chia pudding but never blended the seeds after soaking. Might even try this today!!

  84. This is a recepie in Swedish, but you can all adore the pic of this lovely chia and mulberry pudding: http://sjusorterskaka.blogspot.com/2010/04/raw-food-utmaningen-frukost.html

    The recepie in English (serves 1):

    1,5-2 dl almond milk, sweetened
    3 table spoons dried mulberries
    2 table spoons Chia seeds
    1 apple
    1/2 tea spoon ground vanilla bean stalk
    1 pinch cinnamon
    1 pinch ground nutmeg

    1. Pour the almond milk into a bowl and season with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

    2. Add chia and mulberries, stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes before stirring yet again. Let rest in the fridge over night.

    3. Dice the apple and spread over the pudding. Decorate with mullberries and some more cinnamon!

    Oh the joy!

  85. Um, I’m going to be totally unoriginal and say this parfait looks divine. I’ve never used chia seeds before, so I’d have to do some investigating!

  86. I am dying to try a plain chia pudding but this looks good too – I wonder if you could make a chia “bubble tea”

  87. I’d like to try your recipe โ€” the coconut oil is a new idea for me because I usually have my chia seeds with nut milk, raw granola and banana. So it’s time to shake things up for a bit!

    As for your giveaway question…I am wondering if there are any good savory chia recipes out there. Maybe it’s too weird? Anyway, just throwing out a thought.

    I tweeted your giveaway at http://twitter.com/luiyuming

  88. After many weeks of research i have just started my new raw vegan lifestyle and after looking at all these delicious chia pudding recipes online i would LOVE to try to make some of my own!!!

  89. Do you blend before or after the chia seeds plump up? Does it matter?
    Anyway, I love chia seeds- usually in pudding, smoothies, or raw cookies/bars a la Averie. I’d love to try blended like this!

  90. love chia pudding.. have been making this recently and it’s a nice mild dessert after dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ would love to try it with cacao powder too!

  91. I want to try one of these blended chia recipes! I make chia pudding all the time, but I’ve never blended it before…. I’d love some more chia seeds to try that technique.

  92. I’ve already tried the basic chia seed pudding, (I love the texture btw!) but I really want to play around with different variations.

  93. That looks beautiful! I love to make chia seed puddings, but I’ve never thought of blending them up, so that’s definitely what I would try. Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Hi Gena!
    I tweeted about how I want to win your give away. I’ve been wanting to get some chia seeds, but I didn’t realize they were a good source of calcium. I found out recently that my bone mineral density is a bit low and that is why I have stress fracture in my hip so this is great news!!!

  95. I HAVE to try that blended pudding now! I love to experiment when I am making new foods, whether it be raw, or cooked, but always vegan, so I would deffinately try to make some sort of cookie out of them… possibly a dehydrated one. I’d have to think of a recipe, but I think that’d be really fun!

    Thanks Gena!

  96. I’ve had my eye on trying your chia pudding for quite some time, especially that chocolate peppermint holiday one. It looks so yummy! If I won I’d do what every kid dreams of – dessert for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. I haven’t tried chia in anything but smoothies really. I always have some chia gel in the fridge that I toss in, and I don’t think I’d like the chia pudding texture. BUT, I bet I would LOVE it blended!

  98. I’ve always wanted to try putting chia seeds in vegan overnight oats, like Angela does. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. I would love to win some chia seeds. Purchased a 1/4 pound at Whole Foods and the family loved them (gone real quick) in carob pudding. My little town doesn’t sell foods like this, so I would looooove to win some chia seed love.

    Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  100. Would love to try this in one of Ang’s banana smoothies.Gena,what would you suggest when trying to buy a juicer versus a blender(Vita)?I always thought that juicing would remove all the fiber but since you do suggest juices…was wondering hat you would do if you could buy just a juicer or a blender?

  101. I love chia! Your dishes look so yummy. I could definitely eat with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’d like to try making a chia pudding with strawberries or blueberries this summer. Yummy.

  102. I just got into experimenting with chia seeds and would love to make this! Instead of using homemade nut milk, I’ll probably use what I have on hand. Do you think almond milk would work? Also, how did you make the pudding so think? Do you have to pop it in the fridge after blending to get it to a pudding consistency?

    I can’t wait to try it!

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  103. Cheee-ahhh! I love chia seeds and pretty much put them in everything. Smoothies, on oats, in chia seed pudding, to dip bananas in. I love their crunchy goodness!!! I actually have only ever had them raw, and wonder what they would be like to cook with!

  104. i definitely want to try the chia seed parfait, im wondering if its possible to be made into an ice cream? make the bananas into a banana soft serve with the chia seed parfait pudding. MMM sounds like a dessert or a breakfast i could make. I like chia seeds because they are simple to use, and i am always eating breakfast on the go so i can throw chia seeds in a to go cup.
    They always seem to be out of the them at the whole foods by me so if i catch them its usually only for a day or so worth.
    Anyways, id make some parfaits and maybe some ice creams ๐Ÿ˜‰

  105. I bought a bag of carob for a recipe earlier this week and I had no idea what I was going to do with the rest. Problem solved. Thanks Gena!

  106. This is great I’ve been wanting been wanting to try chia seeds for quite some time, and I haven’t gotten off my tush to buy some. I would add them to my smoothies and definitely try some chia pudding. Thanks for hosting this sweet giveaway!

  107. I’ve been dying to try chia pudding with banana soft serve! I haven’t tried chia seeds, and I have been on the hunt to try them as a thickener!

  108. Thanks for the recipe- I usually add chia seeds to my oatmeal or granola (with rice milk/ almond milk). I was getting bored of doing this- so will definitely try this yummy chia pudding recipe!!

  109. I’ve seen so many recipes for chia pudding lately and I would love to experiment with different combinations… berry and cinnamon chia pudding, chocolate walnut chia pudding… there are so many options!

  110. I would make chia chocolate pudding with almond milk and cacao powder! I made it one time with my 8-year-old brother and he loved it!

    By the way, I’m also following you on twitter. Added you about a week ago — nsanluis is my username ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks!
    natalie

  111. I think your chia parfait looks divine. And I’m really liking the decadent hazelnut milk you seemed to so effortlessly create.

    Funny, I had chia today as well, in a fruity smoothie type breakfast. I’ve only ever had the black chia seeds, but from what I understand Salba are a white type chia seed. Are they the same thing?

    I would love to try a savory chia recipe. Hmmm, maybe in a salad dressing?

  112. I’d like to mix chia seed in my oatmeal, but after looking at your chia seed pudding, I want to make that too!

  113. I haven’t tried chia seeds yet. They are awfully expensive at the grocery stores in my area. But I love pudding, and the added calcium and omega 3 surely makes them very interesting on a nutritional point of view. I really wonder how it taste. By the way, your hazelnut milk recipe sounds delicious!

  114. Chia! I love to sprinkle them on salads and I love them in Ani Phyo’s halva chia cookies, but I really want to experiment more with chia puddings like this one.

  115. I love the chia seeds in vega bars and I’d love to try putting them in homemade granola and granola bars. Thanks for the great giveaway! also I recently made your zucchini dressing and loved it.

  116. I love chia seeds! My fave way to have them is as chia pudding ๐Ÿ™‚ though I’ve always had it tapioca style and never blended. Maybe I’ll try the blended if I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. dying to try kristin’s raw’s holiday chia pudding!!! i remember when she made this / ate this almost every day and since then, i’ve been chia-obsessed but never made anything at home.

    your recipe seems simpler though and less intimidating (in terms of ingredient commitment: ginger? lucuma, wa?) so it might be my first stab.

    hope you’re doing well and i too have been drooling over breakfast vegan oats…

  118. Hi Gena ,
    I love your blog and have been visiting you since few days.I like this pudding with chia seeds.
    I have a quick question for you–Are chia seeds and Tukmaria seeds(available in Indian Stores)the same?
    I have tukmaria seeds at home and they too are tiny and once water is added to them they tend to form gel and plump up like the seeds in your pudding.We use them in falooda,lemonade etc during summer to cool the body.
    Please let me know if they are the same.
    Thank you ,
    Kiran

  119. Hi Gina, my family and I put chia seeds in almost everything, leaving none lfetover for (un)baking. I would love to try some raw cake and ice cream recipe.

  120. I’d definitely try this recipe!!! My mom’s been bugging me about trying chia seeds for ages – she sent me an article about how they’re the perfect “runner’s food.” My roommate and I just bought a blender this morning, too! I’d love to give it a spin with a yummy, healthy recipe like this ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. If I won the chia, I’d make our classic superthink coconut smoothie with them – the secret is soaking them in fresh young thai coconut water! ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. I’ve never tasted chia seeds but when I saw that your recipe had dates, nuts, and banana, it made my mouth water. I’m still new to doing green smoothies (about 3 months new to my Vitamix Blender) so I’m still experimenting and trying new things. Your recipe would be great, but I’d also like to try a”cream cheese” chia seed recipe that I found online:

    Cream Cheese Recipe- Blend the flesh of 3 avocadoes, 9 dates, juice of 1 or 2 lemons, big handful of dulse seaweed

  123. wow this looks so good! I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the link-back darling. Your creations are genius as always. Oh and if you want to see hot mess you should see my creations when the banana soft serve pours all down the side over my hands. lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  124. I’ve seen a couple of recipes that involve blending Chia seeds (like yours), and that would be up next to try. In the past I have made the tapioca style chia pudding and it is great!

  125. the chia recipe i’ve been dying to try is a vegetarian chili that uses chia seeds to thicken up the sauce. sounds absolutely scrumptious!

  126. looks great! i’m hoping to make a smoothie sometime with soaked chia seeds – not sure what other ingredients…