|Chia Seed Coconut “Tapioca” Pudding|
Recently, I started adding chia seeds to foods. I had never used chia seeds until recently, when I spoke to Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen. Chia seeds are amazingly high in fiber (1 ounce of chia seeds contains 10.7 grams of dietary fiber while the same amount of flax seeds contains 5.6 grams) and calcium (1 ounce of chia seeds has 200 mg of calcium), and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and yes, these are the same seeds used in the Chia Pets!
|My kids used to love growing Chia pets. Never knew you could eat the seeds!|
When mixed with liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous, almost egg-like. Chia seeds absorb a lot of liquid and retain a little crunch even after soaking. I have been using ground chia seeds as a substitute for eggs in baking, and more recently, tried using chia seeds in a coconut pudding.
Chia seeds come either black or white, and are crunchy. Black chia seeds seem to be more common at Whole Foods and health food stores. I haven’t seen white chia seeds in any stores yet, so I ordered them from Nuts Online.
|Chia Seeds can be either black or white. There’s no difference in taste or texture.|
I call this Chia Seed Coconut “Tapioca” Pudding because it reminds me of tapioca pudding, with the chia “pearls” visible in the pudding. This recipe is so easy, and it makes a nice afternoon snack.
Chia Seed Coconut “Tapioca” Pudding
I used white chia seeds simply because the color is more appealing in this pudding, which is important for introducing new foods to my son; however, black chia seeds would work just as well. This pudding reminds me of a Thai coconut tapioca pudding I used to make.
|Chia Seeds absorb a lot of liquid. After refrigerating overnight, this will turn into a creamy pudding.|
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, stir in 1-2 more tablespoons of almond milk to loosen up pudding. Stir in honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.
More Chia Pudding Recipes:
Chocolate Mint Chia Pudding, Choosing Raw
Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding, Sweetly Raw
Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding, The Domestic Vegan
Chia Pudding with Pecans, Raisins and Candied Ginger, Healthy Green Kitchen
Raw Tapioca Pudding, Elana’s Pantry