Aside from being ultra-tasty, chia seeds are one whole food supplement that we all should be waking up to! Incredibly high in omega fatty acids, and an excellent source of calcium, we can count on the benefits of chia seeds to boost our vitality.
Here's a fun fact - chia seeds absorb 9 times their weight in water so they create a gel - not too many foods can boast this quirky transformation. Take into account all their awesome fiber and amino acids essential for breaking down proteins into fuel, and you'll agree these little seeds pack a pretty nutritious punch! You can always add them to smoothies, or sprinkle them on salads or fresh fruit, but we've gone all the way here, creating a Vanilla Chocolate Chia Pudding that acts like a healthy breakfast food, but tastes like dessert.
3 cups homemade cashew creamer, plus 1/2 cup water (see our video here)
1 TBS vanilla extract or 1 tsp Vanillamax from Bulletproof
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 TBS organic cocoa from the Forest Wyfe
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup chia seeds
Place all ingredients in Vitamix, except the chia seeds, and blend thoroughly. Place chia seeds in a large bowl and pour the chocolate milk over them; stir well and place in fridge. Remember to stir at least once before it sets up to keep the seeds from clumping. You can get creative with the ingredients, adding cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves or whatever spices you like; even orange zest would be nice.
*You could also use 3 1/2 cups homemade pecan milk or full-fat coconut milk in place of the cashew creamer. I do not recommend even good quality store bought nut milks for this recipe. I tried it one time because I was looking for a shortcut and the final product had a very weird watery texture to it. Homemade is best!
We all know how healthy these chia seeds are, but that's no reason to take our sweet bowl of mush too seriously. Have fun with this one, folks! And as always...Eat in Peace!