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Chia Seed Pudding Keto and Non-Keto

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There has yet to be an easier keto recipe to make than Chia Seed Pudding, and it’s very healthy.

You don’t have to be keto to enjoy chia seed pudding because the only difference is the sugar, dairy or topping you use that makes it keto.

With Valentine’s day on February 14th, a Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding is a nice treat for two.

There’s not much to preparing chia seeds as we’ve sprinkled them on desserts, salads and savoury foods.

However, when it came time to make chia seed pudding, we made many variations and loved each one.

I’ve been sitting on this easy chia seed pudding recipe for about a year.

I wanted to make a few different types of chia pudding to give you different variations to try.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make easy chia seed pudding which you can eat for breakfast, lunch or as a snack.

The jams and ingredients are all sugar-free using a ground keto sweetener.

Plus, let’s learn a little history behind the chia seeds because learning about food is a great way to create new recipes.

Chia Seed Pudding Easy Variations of Keto And Non-Keto Recipes
Chia Seed Pudding Easy Variations of Keto And Non-Keto Recipes

What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to central and southern Mexico,[1]

I had no idea that chia seeds were used as an egg substitute for cakes, pudding, or vegan cooking.

The seeds are hygroscopic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and developing a mucilaginous coating that gives chia-based foods and beverages a distinctive gel texture.

It’s a case of you either love the texture or you don’t, but I enjoyed it and the different variations.

Ground or whole chia seeds are used in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Paraguay for nutritious drinks and food.[9][10]

Today, chia is cultivated in its ancestral homeland of central Mexico and Guatemala and commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Source: Wikipedia Chia Seeds

A spoonful of Keto Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding
A spoonful of Keto Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Nutrition

Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids and a giant dose of fibre.

I was shocked to learn about the health benefits of chia seeds and their use for bone health.

Chia seeds may prevent heart disease, support weight loss, and support blood sugar levels.

There are even more benefits of chia seeds which is why it’s a pantry staple in our home.

Mrs. CBB has lost over 100lbs on her keto journey, and chia seed pudding has been part of it.

Buying Chia Seeds To Make Chia Seed Pudding

Kirkland Organic Chia Seeds
Kirkland Organic Chia Seeds

When Mrs. CBB started her keto journey, she bought a bag of chia seeds to make chia seed pudding.

The Kirkland Organic Chia Seeds bag is large, which you can buy on Amazon Canada if you can’t find them at your local Costco or grocery store.

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Our first thought was that we hoped we liked chia seeds; otherwise, it was a waste of money.

I suggest that if you haven’t tried chia seeds, go to a bulk store and buy black chia seeds.

You can even buy smaller bags of black chia seed on Amazon Canada to test at home.

Doing so allows you to make chia seed pudding before dabbling into the big bag.

When we brought a bag of chia seeds home, she wanted to get to work making chia seed pudding.

Types Of Chia Seed Pudding

Simple Chia Seed Pudding Variations
Simple Chia Seed Pudding Variations

The jams and ingredients are all sugar-free using a ground keto sweetener or granulated sugar if not keto.

Today, I’m working my way through just a few types of chia seed puddings we’ve made.

I’ve added other variations at the start of this post for more ideas.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding topped with sugar-free chocolate chips or cacao seeds.
Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding
Mulberry Jam Chia Seed Pudding
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding
Blueberry Cinnamon Almond Chia Seed Pudding

Keto Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Whipped Cream and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
Keto Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Whipped Cream and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

Toppings and Flavours For Chia Seed Pudding

Pure Madagascar Vanilla and Pure Almond Extract
Pure Madagascar Vanilla and Pure Almond Extract

Since there are many variations of chia pudding it makes this recipe fun.

For the most part, we make a plain chia seed pudding with pure vanilla extract and add toppings.

Besides the chocolate chia pudding, we incorporate dark black cocoa that tastes like Oreo cookies.

For example, we make a homemade pumpkin spice and keep it equal parts of Nutmeg, Ground Cinnamon, Organic Ground Cloves, and Organic Ground Ginger in a jar.

  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Any other pure extract or extract without added sugar
  • Pure Almond Extract
  • Maple extract
  • Anise Extract (very little as this is powerful like a black licorice)
  • Any other spices that you think you’d like mixed in your chia pudding.
black cocoa powder that tastes like Oreo Cookies and Krisda Sugar-free chocolate chips
Krisda sugar-free chocolate chips and Black Cocoa that taste like Oreo cookies

Dairy Product Ideas For Keto Chia Seed Pudding

Unsweetened Milk Macadamia Nut, Vanilla Almond Milk and Coconut Milk
Unsweetened Milk Macadamia Nut, Vanilla Almond Milk and Coconut Milk

Whether you want this to be a keto chia pudding or not, you can use just about any type of milk.

These are the types of milk we’ve tried to make this easy chia seed pudding recipe. We used 1 cup of dairy for the recipe or 1 can of coconut milk.

  • Sugar-Free Oat Milk (Keto)Check grocery store health food shelf stable or refrigerated for best price or Costco.
  • Oat Milk Check grocery store health food shelf stable or refrigerated for best price or Costco.
  • Sugar-Free Oat Milk (Keto) Check grocery store health food shelf stable or refrigerated for best price or Costco.
  • Almond Milk
  • Sugar-Free Almond Milk (keto)
  • 2% Milk
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk (keto)
  • Macadamia Nut Milk (keto) it’s cheaper at Costco Canada if you have one close.

Our favourite milk in a chia seed pudding recipe is the sugar-free oat milk and unsweetened coconut milk.

The coconut milk gives you the creamiest texture set overnight in the refrigerator.

Some recipes say you can eat the chia pudding after 2-4 hours in the refrigerator, which you can, but we let it set overnight.

Yield: 2 cups

Chia Seed Pudding Variations Keto and Non-Keto

Chia Pudding

This is an easy base recipe for chia seed pudding that you can top or add any flavours you like.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of organic unsweetened coconut milk or the same as any other dairy approximately 1 cup.
  • 3 tablespoons of black chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of keto powdered sweetener or 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla (optional See notes below)
  • Sugar-free whipped cream (optional see notes below)

Instructions

  1. Mix the can of coconut milk with the chia seeds
  2. Add your desired extract, sweetener or sugar, cocoa powder and mix to combine
  3. Cover the bowl tight and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight for the best creamy results. (we do overnight)

Notes

We keep the chia seed pudding overnight in the refrigerator

You'll notice we add a sugar-free whipped topping made from 35% cream and a bit of sweetener.

Whether you are making a keto version or a non-keto version you can taste the recipe to see if you want more sugar or any other flavour variations before you refrigerate it.

Some people refrigerate the pudding for 2-4 hours or overnight 24 hours which we find the best creamy results.

You can add toppings to the base version of the chia seed pudding or add them on top when it's finished.

Spoon the amount you want into portions. This recipe makes 2 to 4 portions.

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Before You Refrigerate

Before you put the chia pudding mixture into the refrigerator try it to see if the flavour is to your satisfaction.

You can always add more before you refrigerate or even after but we try to taste beforehand.

Try the recipe at the two-hour, four-hour, and 24 hours to see which timing you like best.

Let me know in the comments what route you went and the flavours you tried.

Mr. CBB

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