Who wants chocolate for breakfast? If you haven’t discovered chia pudding yet, you are in for a lovely surprise. Even though it is called “pudding” chia puddings are normally eaten for breakfast. Yes, breakfast! It is a great alternative to breakfast cereals, muesli and yogurt or oats. Our chocolate orange chia pudding is gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free, quick and easy to make and delicious. The chocolate and orange pair beautifully resulting in a decadent but refreshing breakfast. The sky is the limit with chia puddings. Do a google or Pinterest search and you’ll find plenty of ideas. From apple and cinnamon, to banana nut, to blueberry, to mango and coconut. All you really need is chia seeds, a liquid like nut milk and your favourite flavour combination. Almost all of the carbs in chia seeds is fiber, which means that almost none of those carbs are sugar or starch. This is great for people on low-carb diets.
Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds of the chia plant (Salvia hispanica). They are native to Mexico and Guatemala, and were a staple food for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”. Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants. They may improve risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, lead to better digestive health and increase blood levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Chia seeds are small, flat and oval-shaped, with a shiny and smooth texture. The color can range from white to brown or black. Because of their relatively bland flavor, chia seeds can be added to pretty much everything. They can be soaked in liquid and added to porridge, made into pudding, used in baked goods, smoothies or simply sprinkled on top of salads. Because of their ability to absorb liquid and form a gel, they can also be used to thicken sauces or as an egg replacement in recipes.
Chocolate orange chia pudding
These chia puddings are gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free, quick and easy to make and a delicious breakfast alternative.
- 1 cup nut milk (or any dairy free alternative)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 scoop collagen
- 2 tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- orange segments and nuts as topping
- Step 1 In a bowl combine all the ingredients (excluding the orange segments and nuts).
- Step 2 Whisk until combined and pour into two pretty glasses or jars.
- Step 3 Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Step 4 Top with orange segments and nuts and enjoy.