When I switched to the paleo diet, the one thing I missed the most was oatmeal.
I know, that sounds strange. But, oatmeal was one of my favorite, easy breakfasts. I probably ate oatmeal three times a week! So, giving up grains, including oats, was hard.
Then, I found chia seeds!
When I came across EatingBirdFood.com’s post, it was like my world suddenly became a little brighter! It wasn’t quite oatmeal – chia pudding actually has more of a tapioca texture – but, the lightly-sweet goodness was so delicious, I know longer missed my high-glycemic nutritional mistake of years gone by!
Check out this easy recipe below. You can tweak it to suit your tastes – I like to add berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. However, I have also added a touch of cocoa powder, for a chocolately change of pace, at times. I’ve also just enjoyed it plain – only sweetened with real maple syrup.
NOTE: I always make mine “overnight style.” I make up 3 of them at a time and put them in the refrigerator to have over the next 3 mornings. So quick and easy to grab!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk (or, if you’re eating a modified Paleo diet, like I am, and allow yourself small amounts of dairy, go with whole, organic, pasture-raised cow’s milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
- Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, etc. (if desired)
- Topping choice (if desired)
- 12 oz jelly jar
- Place milk, vanilla, maple syrup or honey in jar first.
- Add chia seeds and spices. Adding the liquids first helps prevent the chia seeds from sticking to the bottom of the jar.
- Place lid on jar tightly and shake to combine.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes and then shake again.
- Place in refrigerator and let sit at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
- When ready to eat, top with topping if desired.
Toppings are only limited by your imagination! My favorites are berries of any kind, and as I mentioned, cocoa powder. I also have pre-diced apples or pears and microwaved them, to soften, to have with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced pudding. Add some slivered almonds, for a nice crunch or walnuts. Mango, kiwi and dragonfruit give your pudding a more tropical feel.