Easy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

When I'm trying to find recipes, there are always two major things I look for: it has to be healthy and easy to make.

Let's be honest, I can't cook--like, at all (I can make oatmeal, if that counts); so when I find something that I don't even have to cook, it's the best thing ever.

I've been wanting to try chia seed pudding for a long time, and I finally made some yesterday.  It's really simple, and you can find tons of recipes on Pinterest (which is where I got mine from).

recipe and image source
Ingredients (there are only four!):
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (I used Almond Breeze Original)
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I would use less next time, though. It gave it that chemically-y vanilla flavor)

Combine all the ingredients in a lidded container--I used a mason jar.  Mix for one to two minutes or until everything is combined.  Cover and place in the refrigerator.  After three hours, stir it briskly again to break the chia seeds up into the mixture.  Cover again and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or you can just leave it overnight. Mix well again before eating and top with whatever you'd like!

I made mine at about 8 p.m. last night, so I could have it for breakfast this morning.  I topped mine with strawberries and blueberries and it was so good! It's definitely going to become a breakfast staple for me, especially when I go back to school in the fall.

What I like about it is it reminds me of tapioca.  The chia seeds get this beaded film around them after soaking and the mixture turns into a gelatin.  It's like a dessert, but healthy!

Chia seeds are a good source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, so they're a very good option for breakfast and an easy way to get those nutrients into your diet.  They also have a lot of other benefits, too, they just haven't been researched as much.

Try some and let me know what you think!

xo Marina