Is it dessert? Is it breakfast? Yes to both.
Chia pudding is a great sweet breakfast option, that packs in omega-3s, fibre, and protein (chia seeds alone contain 7g of protein per 1/4 cup!).
Also, it tastes like kheer (Indian rice pudding, one of my favourite desserts) — I love the almond & cardamom combination! Like rice pudding, chia pudding has a unique texture. I think you either love it or hate the texture, but I’ve discovered I really love chia pudding when it’s got something crispy along with it. So I’ve added crispy puffed rice and toasted coconut to this chia pudding. Mmmm.
Ashley and I tried out a version with homemade hemp milk, and it was a complete disaster. While the hemp milk was delicious on its own, it got too omega-tasting when combined with the chia seeds… even when we added delicious flavours (even chocolate didn’t help!) — so I’d recommend sticking to almond milk here!
You can make a big batch of the almond/chia mixture, and keep it in the fridge for a few breakfasts. Just add some more almond milk and give it a good stir before you add the remaining ingredients.
Cardamom & Almond Chia Pudding
This is kind of like having protein-powered rice pudding for breakfast. And I’m hooked. You can make the chia/almond milk mixture the night before and have a quick-to-assemble pudding for the morning. Serves 1.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 pod cardamom
- 1/4 cup puffed rice
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut
In a bowl, combine almond milk and chia seeds. Let sit for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight) to let the chia seeds gel up.
Open up the cardamom pod, and take out the seeds. Discard the pod, and bash the seeds up a bit (with a mortar and pestle, or even just the back of a spoon).
Stir the almond/chia mixture (which should now have a pudding-like consistency). If the mixture is too thick, stir in more almond milk, a tablespoon at a time. Add the almond extract, maple syrup, and crushed cardamom seeds. Stir to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Assemble your pudding: pour the puffed rice into a glass, top with the almond/chia mixture, and top with the toasted coconut.
Eat and enjoy!