Cha Cha Cha Chia!
Yes! Chia pudding IS made from the same seeds we gelled and spread all over our terracotta pets when we were kids. I learned about chia seeds a few years ago when I first started learning about the Raw Food Lifestyle. We love chia pudding and eat it in a bowl with fruit for breakfast, as a snack or dessert. We also add the chia gel to our smoothies. I love the crunch it has even after it has soaked up liquid and gelled.
Chia is the Mayan word for strength. It is an amazing super food. It contains more protein than any other seed or grain, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, more antioxidants than blueberries and more iron than spinach plus lots of omega fats! They are a complete source of protein and a great source of soluble fiber. Great for keeping you regular if you know what I mean. They can hold up to 12 times their weight in liquid! Eating a bowl of chia pudding will fill you up and keep you full and hydrated for a long time making it a great "diet" food.
2 cups almond milk or milk of your choice
1/3 cup chia seeds
15 drops liquid Vanilla Creme Stevia or sweetener of your choice to taste
Mix everything well with a whisk then wait 5 minutes and mix again. Wait 5 more minutes then mix again. Cover and let thicken in fridge for about 30 minutes. I like mine really thick so I wait about 45 minutes before enjoying. You can also sweeten with honey, maple syrup, chocolate syrup or even use chocolate milk instead of plain milk.