Is Chia Pudding Keto Friendly?
Not all chia pudding is made equally. My berry chia seed pudding is not keto-friendly due to maple syrup but can be substituted for monk fruit sweetener or any other sugar substitute you like. A full-proof keto-friendly pudding can be found here by Blissful Low Carb.
Simple Ingredients to Make Berry Chia Pudding
- Type of Milk: Choose the milk of your choice. Almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk are great options.
- Whole Chia seeds
- Sweetener: I like to use honey or maple syrup.
- Vanilla extract: Optional, but a good idea to add.
A favorite way to serve chia pudding is with a layer of fruit for more flavor. Just mix 1 cup of raspberries and 1/2 of a banana in a blender or a food processor and add a layer of the fruit puree into the pudding jar.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are believed to be native to Central America from the plant Salvia Hispanica L. These tiny little seeds come in white or black and are highly nutritious. They are high in fiber, healthy fats, fatty acids, and high protein, good for bone health and magnesium. Today, chia seeds are enjoyed worldwide for nutrition facts and are easy to incorporate into recipes.
The texture of Chia Pudding
Chia pudding makes a great breakfast or a simple treat. It has a creamy and seedy texture. When the seeds are absorbed in liquid, they puff up and are not crunchy anymore. Raw whole seeds are actually tasteless but take on the flavor of whatever liquid they are mixed with.
Tips for Making the Best Portable Breakfast
- If you want more of a creamy texture, add a Tablespoon of coconut cream or Greek yogurt.
- Let chia pudding rest at least 4 hours in the fridge for proper consistency. The chia seeds need time to absorb in the liquid.
- For a chocolate pudding, add in a teaspoon of cocoa powder.
- The recipe makes for two servings and can be mixed in one bowl.
Topping Ideas for Chia Pudding
If you are making chia pudding for the first time or not, there are so many ways to serve this protein-packed pudding. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Fresh fruit (berries, bananas, mangos, etc.)
- Nuts ( chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans)
- Shredded coconut (sweetened or not)
- Granola (my favorite addition)
- Chocolate ganache
How to make this Berry Chia Pudding:
Dairy Free Layered Berry Chia Pudding
For the chia layer:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup raspberries
- ½ banana
- Mix milk, maple syrup, vanilla and chia seeds in a bowl until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours (1 hour at least).
- Process raspberries and half of the banana in a blender.
- Divide the berry-banana puree between two serving glasses.
- Remove from the refrigerator a bowl of chia pudding, mix and spread on top of the berry layer.
- Garnish with berries and serve.