Chia Seed Pudding with Homemade Apricot-Almond Granola

Chia seed everything is all the rage right now and for good reason. Chia seed is a whole grain food high in omega 3’s. It’s a great dietary source of vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. When left to soak in liquid chia seeds can absorb 10-12 times their weight and develop a mucilaginous coating turning it into a jelly like powerhouse of nutrition and energy.

Chia was once a niche item found only in specialty and natural food stores or sprouting from inoculated terra-cotta sculptures famously known as the “Chia Pet”. Luckily chia’s rise in popularity has restored its dignity and made it readily available to anyone needing a little sprinkle of nourishment in their diet.

Chia seed pairs well with many types of nut milk but my personal favorite is coconut milk. I love the flavor of coconut milk on its own but when you combine it with chia it becomes a charming seed studded pudding. I like to take my chia seed pudding to the next level and embellish it with some homemade granola and fresh berries. This delicious combination of flavors and textures is a great way to start the day or as a “pick me up” mid-day. It’s filling, pleasantly sweet and provides a good kick of lasting energy.

There are so many ways to enjoy chia seed pudding. Maybe you prefer almond or soy milk or are fond of mango.  Maybe peaches are in season? Take creative license and play with your food. Allow my recipe to serve as a launching pad for you to explore the versatility and health benefits of the mighty chia seed.

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