Long before chia seeds became known for being a super food, they were marketed as chia pets. All you had to do was plant the seeds in a clay figurine, water it and it would grow. When my kids were young they would sing the song, “chi chi chi chia,” as this was the theme song in the advertisement on TV. They’d sing it over and over again and loved their chia pets. The song drove me crazy, and I found the chia pets to be hideous. These chia pets are still around and still as offensive as ever.
Before the craze changed from chia pets to super food, I had a friend ( a health enthusiast, to say the least) who told me about all the delicious things she was doing with these chia seeds. This wasn’t the first crazy food that she insisted was good for me. Most times, I’d listen to her and march off to a health food store and purchase some hemp, wheat grass or uva ursi leaves. But “chi chi chi chia” seeds? Never!! Those disgusting things growing in my children’s rooms??!! No can do. But being a good friend, I wrote (scribbled) down her instructions on how to make a chia pudding that she swore would taste like tapioca pudding.
This scrap of paper ( her recipe for chia pudding) has sat in a folder marked “recipes to try” for years and years. I would constantly move it to the back of the pile, knowing that I’d never try it, until the last year or two, when chia breakfast pudding became popular and is everywhere! You can find a million and one ways to make this on the internet. I decided it was time to give it a go. I hadn’t seen a chia pet growing in my house for a very long time, so I thought I would be able to stomach it now.
Why did I wait so long to make this? It’s delicious! Saying it tastes like tapioca pudding is a stretch, but with berries, fruit and nuts, this makes a delicious breakfast or snack. There are so many variations on this pudding, but I think it best to keep it as simple as possible because it literally takes five minutes to make. Why complicate things? Keep it simple and you’ll make it often. I vary the toppings according to the fruit and nuts I have on hand.
I can’t believe that this has become a weekly breakfast choice for me now, after all these years. Now I’m the one singing, “chi chi chi chia.”
Recipe: 4 servings
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 cups milk…can be almond milk if desired
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 TBSP. maple syrup, or any other sweetener of choice (honey, agave, stevia etc), and you can adjust to your liking.
4 jars with lids….or you can put it all in a bowl and cover it.
Fruit, berries, nuts or any topping of choice
- Combine seeds with the milk and stir.
- Add the vanilla, cinnamon and sweetener and stir until all combined.
- Place in jars. Cover and refrigerate over night.
- Top with fruit, nuts, etc.