Black Garlic Chia Pods Pudding is a healthy, homemade, gluten free breakfast treat. Who said you can’t start your day with a pudding?! Especially, when it takes only 5 min to make and includes antioxidants packed superfoods: chia seeds, blueberries and black garlic. What an amazing start to the day!
What is a chia pod?
Chia pod is a delicious and healthy pudding-like small dish, made with soaked chia seeds and often fruits. It is usually served in small containers or cups (each about ¼ cup to ⅓ cup size), ideally with matching lids. Chia pods are considered a good choice for a quick, healthy and easily portable breakfast.
Are chia pods healthy?
Absolutely! Provided you made them at home and they contain no added, refined sugar or preservatives. Chia pods are:
- made with chia seeds, which is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!
- they are designed to be plant based (in my book!) – that’s always a good thing!
- often contain fruit – adding fresh or frozen fruit is a great way to tick some of your daily recommended fruit servings.
- my chia pods contain blueberries and also black garlic – all 3 packed with antioxidants. Blueberries are one of the best berries to include in your breakfast since they enhance brain health. There have been many studies suggesting that eating blueberries could improve memory and cognition.
What are the benefits of chia seeds?
Chia seeds are full of valuable nutrients like healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc!
Unlike flax, chia seeds do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body.
Chia can be helpful with weight loss! When added to water and allowed to sit for a while, chia forms a gel. This helps with thickening up of liquids like smoothies giving you the feeling of fullness.
So how do you make a chia pudding?
Well, firstly reserve a whole 5 minutes – this is how long it takes to create this crazy healthy treat.
I like to blend 200g fresh or frozen fruit (blueberries, banana, strawberries, pineapple, mango or apple) with 1 cup/250ml coconut or other plant milk (almond or soy) and then stir/whisk 4 heaping tablespoons of chia seeds. You can add:
- nuts, other seeds and spices like cinnamon or cocoa powder for extra flavour and texture (I love both especially in banana chia pods)
- 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey, to add some extra sweetness to your chia pudding, if you feel it is necessary
- a few drops of vanilla essence will also benefit the flavour of chia pods, especially if you use apple or strawberries
Now leave your chia pods puddings refrigerated for 4 hours, or overnight for the convenience, before you dig in to these delicious pods of plant goodness.Print
Black Garlic Chia Pods Pudding is a really simple to make and healthy, homemade , gluten free breakfast treat. Who said you can’t start your day with a pudding?!
- 1 cup plant milk (coconut, soy, almond etc.)
- 200g frozen or fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 black garlic clove (2g)
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- Place all ingredients apart from chia seeds in a powerful blender and process until smooth.
- Stir or whisk in chia seeds until evenly distributed and divide this mixture between 4 small containers (I like to use small mason jars, so that I can put a lid on and take my pudding with me the following day if I want to) to sit and thicken up.
- Leave to sit refrigerated for at least 2h to allow chia to turn into gel and “set” the pudding.
- You can replace blueberries with fresh or frozen bananas, mango, pineapple, apples, strawberries etc.
- Experiment with some extra spices like cinnamon or cocoa powder to make your chia pods to your individual taste.