Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chia and Oat Pudding

Starting work quite early, I am always on the lookout for delicious and filling breakfasts that I can take to work with me. My work does have quite a good kitchen with microwaves and a toaster etc. but sometimes it is just great to have something that you can prepare in a jar the night before and then throw into your bag on your way out the door.

Recently I have been getting into my chia puddings. According to Authority Nutrition, Chia seeds are a great source of Fibre, Protein and other nutrients such as magnesium. They absorb up any liquid around them and get a great jelly-like texture. My issue is that chia pudding on its own just doesn't quite fill me up enough to keep me going until lunch time, so I started looking for some ways to amp it up a bit more.

This is where oats come in. Although they may not be top-of-mind in terms of super foods, Oats are packed with fibre and are a great way to fill you up. If you are paleo or gluten free, I am sure that you could experiment with other ingredients to combine with chia seeds, such as Quinoa flakes.

The other beauty of chia pudding is that because chia seeds just absorb whatever liquid is around it, you can really use whatever milk you have on hand. My favourite is coconut milk, as I like the coconut flavour and it makes the pudding really nice and creamy, however, I have also used almond milk before which worked well too.

Combining the oats and chia seeds helps keep me full and it provides a great base for a range of different toppings. Recently I have been having my pudding with blueberries, or a new favourite, frozen raspberries and coconut (as pictured). Since my feijoas have just started to drop from my trees, I am excited to add this into the mix as well. 

1/4 cup chia seeds
2-3 Tbsp Rolled Oats
3/4 cup -1 cup milk (This will depend on how thick you want your pudding)
2 tsp Rice Malt Syrup

The night before, or roughly 30-40 minutes before you want your pudding, combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar. Stir well.

Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes and then stir again. I find this step really important so that the chia seeds don't all sink to the bottom.

Put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before eating. Top with your favourite fruit, seeds and nuts.

Enjoy xx

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