You may have seen these pods in the cold section of the supermarket, but have you thought about making your own? They are really simple to prepare and are a great snack or breakfast food. If you have not eaten chia seeds before you might find the texture unusual at first, they take on a gel-like texture when prepared with liquid, but these little seeds are nutrition packed and very good for you.
I have provided a ratio of seeds to fruit and liquid, which you can double if you want to make more (or halve if you want less).
I eat these as a snack, but they would be great for breakfast on the go too. Sometimes I add some extra fruit or yoghurt when I eat them. Great to make ahead and have ready to take to work.
You can use any fruit that you like, I generally use berries (fresh or frozen), you can also use any milk that you like. I like almond milk, but you can use coconut or cows milk (although I have not tried cows milk myself so cannot vouch for that from personal experience).
As a variation you can omit the fruit and add vanilla bean paste or cinnamon to flavour. I have also seen some chocolate recipe versions using cocoa or cacao but have not tried this myself (yet!)
You do not need a Thermomix to make this recipe, you can blend the ingredients in a food processor or with a stick mixer instead.
Mix it up and experiment to get a flavour that you like. I must admit that I have not been able to convert my kids to eating these. One of my daughter “almost” likes them, but they find the texture hard to get past. But I shall persist, I think they would be a great snack food for growing bodies!
- 250g (1 cup) of liquid (milk) - Choose from almond milk, coconut milk or cows milk (or a mixture)
- 50g fruit - Berries, fresh or frozen, cooked apple, cooked stone fruit, anything!
- 50g (1/4 cup) chia seeds
- Liquid sweetener of your preference to sweeten to your own taste. I suggest honey or maple syrup.
- Add fruit to mixer bowl and puree at speed 9 for 10 seconds (or longer if fruit is frozen)
- Add milk, vanilla and sweetener to fruit and blend for a further 10 seconds at speed 9.
- Divide the chia seeds evenly between four small containers (about half a cup size each).
- Pour the fruit/milk mixture over the seeds, seal the lids on the containers and shake immediately to combine. Don't leave them to sit for long before shaking or clumps will form.
- Let the puddings rest in the fridge overnight and then eat!