What is a Chia Pudding Pre-Mix?
Chia Puddings are the ultimate healthy dessert, breakfast or healthy in-between meal snack.
Chia seeds when added to liquid form a pudding-like gel, which when combined with creamy and naturally sweet ingredients, makes for a yummy, guilt-free indulgence.
In early 2016 we started making Chia Pudding Pre-Mixes for clients, formulated based on a serving size being 40gm which goes into a jar (something like a empty jam jar) filled with 200ml of coconut milk. You then put the lid on, shake and then place into the refrigerator for 4 hours to set.
What Makes a Perfect Chia Pudding?
Getting the right consistency. Not too firm or not too liquidy. We’ve found about 65% Chia Seed in 200ml of Coconut Milk to work best. From there, you can be as creative as you like, although we recommend that you includes a variety of texture and strong flavor to over-ride the blandness of chia seed.
The following recipe is simply a guide to help those of you interested in creating your own Chia Pudding Pre-Mix.
Your idea of a Chia Pudding Pre-Mix, may be completely different, so add and subtract from the below to come up with your very own improved version!
Organic Black Chia Seeds (65%) – We’ve found this percentage (approximately 4 tablespoons in a 40gm serving) to be just the right amount of chia seeds to make the perfect consistency.
Chia seeds are an outstanding source of healthy omega-3 fats, protein and fiber.
Organic Superfood Powder(s) (15%) – Options include for example Raw Cacao Powder (raw chocolate), Mesquite Powder (creamy, naturally sweet, low GI), Maca Powder (energizer with butterscotch-like flavor) or a Mixed Superfruit powder.
Any one, or combination of the above gives the over-riding flavor also with natural sweetness to the Chia Pudding.
Organic Dried Berries (5%) – Adding a touch of dried berries such as Goji Berries, Incan Berries or Blueberries, aside from adding additional superfood nutrition and sweetness, also adds a nice textural component. These dried berries once added to liquid, plump up into a jelly-like pieces.
Organic Crunchy Superfood(s) (5%) – Superfoods like Cacao Nibs, Buckinis or Pepitas, soften once placed into liquid, however then tend to retain some of their crunchiness, so add a pleasant textural component to a Chia Pudding Pre-Mix.
Coconut Sugar or Natural Sweetener (10%) – If you don’t mind a little bit of sugar in your Chia Pudding (at 10% of a 40gm serving, it equates to ~1 tsp of sugar), then coconut sugar is the best option as it’s arguably the healthiest sugar going around. Coconut sugar unlike refined sugar, contains high levels of micro-nutrients such as zinc, calcium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits.
Coconut sugar also contains a fiber called Inulin which is renowned as a wonderful pre-biotic for healthy gut flora. This inulin also explains why the glucose in coconut sugar absorbs much less slowly than regular table sugar (it has a GI value of 35, compared to 65 for regular sugar).
Alternatively, if you want sugar free, we can use Monk Fruit Powder (Norbu) or Xylitol (Sweetlife).
Ground Vanilla Bean Powder or some other flavouring powder (optional) – to round out your Chia Pudding Pre-Mix, you might like to add ground planifolia vanilla bean powder or some other flavoring powder.
For more information, take a look at our How it Works page.