Chia Pudding with Almond Milk – Filling and Slimming
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There are hundreds of chia seed pudding with almond milk recipes on the internet and probably in every new cookbook – but we are bringing you one with a special combination that you probably haven’t tried before.
The delicious pudding base is spiced with cardamom and then topped with yoghurt, blackberries, nectarines and even chopped almonds. It has that special cardamom taste, the freshness of the yoghurt, the sweet taste of the fruits and the crunch of the almonds – a perfect combination.
Chia seed pudding with almond milk – the perfect allrounder
There are dozens of chia pudding benefits, but if you ask me, the best thing is that there are no rules as to when you can eat it – breakfast, dessert, or even as a snack in between meals. You can always prep it in a to-go-cup and when hunger strikes – there it is.
I love meal prepping – so I never get into a situation where I’m hungry and nervous and have to eat whatever is available. We have even compiled a couple of meal prep ideas, and this chia seed pudding could definitely be part of our next compilation.
Our delicious Chia breakfast pudding is also an option you might want to try – just trust me on this one!
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The many perks of chia seeds
Is chia pudding healthy? Why yes, of course – not only do chia seeds have a loooot of fiber, antioxidants and even protein, chia seeds offer several other health benefits that make them perfect in any diet.
What about chia pudding calories? Two tablespoons of chia seeds have 138 calories and combined with a milk of your choice, yoghurt or overnight oats, they are very filling. There are many chia seed recipes for weight loss and research has even shown that chia seeds may aid weight loss and lead to a reduced waist circumference.
These tiny black seeds are full of important minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, our weight loss plans often include chia seed recipes for breakfast or as a healthy dessert.
Apart from their great nutritional value and low calorie count, chia seeds are very good for your digestive system. In simple words – they will make you poop regularly, which is good in every diet.
What is it about cardamom?
The “secret” ingredient of this recipe is cardamom, and it makes all the difference. I´m going to be honest – I have never used cardamom before – but when I tried this recipe – oh goodness, why haven’t I?
Cardamom is a spice that has been used in the Middle Eastern and Arab countries for ages. Nowadays it is more and more common in the West.
It’s distinctive flavor makes every recipe special, and it can be used in both – sweet and savory recipes – and even in beverages. But aside from the flavor, the health benefits of cardamom are what makes this spice so wonderful.
Cardamom contains phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties. These can benefit your heart, oral and liver health and cardamom contains helpful nutrients like potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
The freshness, the fruitiness and the crunch
Since this is basically an overnight chia seed pudding, you´ll have to be patient and wait 12 hours or until the next morning – but then it’s finally time for the toppings.
The yoghurt gives the recipe a fresh kick and additional protein to fuel your body. You can even veganize the recipe by swapping the yoghurt with a plant-based one.
The combination of blackberries and nectarines is really something – the sweetness is complemented by the cardamom and refreshed by the yoghurt. If you don’t have any blackberries at hand, you can replace them with any berries of your choice (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, …) and I don’t have to tell you how berries are full of healthy nutrients.
Last but not least – chop up some almonds and add them on top. Almonds deliver a massive amount of nutrients and they are also a nice snack in many diets for weight loss.
In conclusion – whether it is for breakfast, dessert, as a simple snack, whether you just enjoy healthy meals or are on a weight loss diet – eating this chia pudding with almond milk will give you tons of nutrients, a satisfied mouth and belly and the joyous feeling of having eaten something delicious but insanely healthy (check out our 400 kcal breakfasts for more health bomb calorie controlled breakfast treats!). Enjoy!
And finally, although we designed this as a chia seed pudding with almond milk recipe, you can of course use your favourite milk instead (or choose according to which milk is healthiest)!
And if you fancy more delightful pudding recipes, try this chocolate protein pud now!
- 1 ¾ cup almond milk
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cardamom, ground
- salt to taste
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup blackberries (cut in halves)
- ⅔ cup low fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 nectarine/apricot (pitted and sliced)
- 2 tbsp almonds (chopped)
- In a small sized pot over medium heat almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ground cardamom and salt. Once the liquid boils, take off the heat. Note: In a rush? Skip the cooking. It works as well.1 ¾ cup almond milk, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp cardamom, ground, salt to taste
- In a medium sized bowl add the chia seeds and almond milk mix. Stir until the seeds are homogeneously in contact with the liquid. Cover and rest in the fridge for 12 hours or overnight.⅓ cup chia seeds
- Serve chia pudding topped with yogurt, almonds, blackberries, and nectarine slices.½ cup blackberries, ⅔ cup low fat Greek Yogurt, 2 tbsp almonds, 1 nectarine/apricot