Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding
If you know me at all, you would know that I love Chia seeds. Chia is a super-food, it is full of protein, omega-3 fats, and it is anti-inflammatory for the gut. It resembles flaxseeds, it also comes in bulk in the grocery store, but it has less of a nutty flavor. I like that Chia absorbs liquid because it has so much fiber, and in the right ratio you can make a pudding like this one. Chia pudding just needs about 3-4 Tbsp of seeds mixed with about 1 cup of liquid, in this case I used coconut milk. Any milk will work including cow's, almond, hemp, cashew, rice milk. The coconut and the nut milks are usually more creamy in general. Chia pudding can really be made from any mix of ingredients. I like to at least add some vanilla for a little sweeter flavor, and a fruit of some kind. When you add cinnamon with vanilla it tastes great and I have added different flavors like pumpkin or apple for example. You could also top the pudding with nuts, coconut flakes, or peanut butter for example. This particular pudding has flavors of apple and cinnamon together to create a fall flavored breakfast.
Tip: If the pudding comes out too watery then add more Chia seeds. If it is too thick then it likely needs more liquid. Let the Chia pudding set overnight, you will see it begin to set after about 3 hours of time in the fridge.
Healthy tip: Chia is mucilaginous which means it coats the intestines as a natural laxative for constipation without causing loose stools. The fiber keeps the bowels regular daily.