The chia seed, it seems like this little ch-ch-chia is hot on the heels of becoming  the next quinoa or kale or [insert trending super food here]. It’s packed with Omega 3s, fiber and other nutrients. These little babies have a mild nutty flavor and are easy to mix in with your favorite smoothie, yogurt, veggies or baked goods. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) contains 4g of protein and 11g of fiber! When mixed with liquid they turn into something like a tomato seed and that is our goal today.

WARNING: Make this for breakfast or dessert but be warned this is a super lazy and quick recipe but it does require an overnight sit so the seed can form it’s gel-like substance which give you the texture that you want. If you forget to make it for dessert just make it for breakfast instead.

Without further adieu here is the perfect chia seed pudding for breakfast or dessert.Prep Time: 5-10 minutes plus overnight for soaking | Yield: 4-6 servings

Chia Seed Pudding from Yogurt with Bananas and Toasted Pecans

1-2 ripe bananas, smashed
1 cup coconut milk or vanilla almond milk
1 cup organic vanilla yogurt
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (B grade preferably)
1/4 cup organic chia seeds
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Honey, for drizzle

Mix chia seeds, milk, yogurt and maple syrup in a small bowl blend and mix in chia seeds. Cover and set in refrigerator overnight. I did this around 11p one night and it was ready by 7am the next day.

The next day, toast your nuts in a small pan until just brown. Smash one banana in a bowl with a fork. Spoon chia seed pudding into dish or small cup, top with a tablespoon (or 2) of the smashed banana and pecans. Drizzle honey for a little flair and flavor.

If you don’t have the vanilla flavored milk or yogurt just add 1 tsp of vanilla instead.

For more information on the chia seed check out this article on WebMD.
Chia Seed Pudding from Yogurt By Liberty Tsighis, February 7, 2015

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