RECIPE: Baby Jar Chia Pudding (Vanilla + Chocolate)

So do you guys remember those chia pet things from the 90s? Of course you do!

Well, I always wanted one, and was always singing the jingle in hopes that someone would get the hint, but alas, that didn’t happen. Maybe for the best, because I don’t have a green thumb at all. Or let’s say, I didn’t. We’re currently in the midst of our first little sprouts over here at Casa Black Mama in our balcony garden. Perhaps my green thumb has evolved thanks to The Man.

dscn2998 dscn2996I’ll be sharing more on our progress in a future post. But for now, I wanted to share one of my favorite super quick and super easy breakfasts for me and baby, chia pudding!

Yes, yes, yes, these are the exact same chia seeds used for your beloved grassy green hedgehog! And here we are in 2016 and chia seeds have once again become a new “it” thing, this time, for all of their health benefits, and what’s even better is that they are super easy to throw onto or into just about anything. Here’s a quick cheat sheet on some of these amazing benefits:

  • 1 serving (2 tablespoons) of chia seeds has a 38% daily serving of fiber. Bye bye, constipation.
  • They are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. The stuff that helps keep your brain and heart healthy.
  • Helps increase your iron intake. I became anemic while preggers, which is common among women, so give these a try to serve up a 12% DV of iron.
  • They are mineral rich! Maganese, Phosphorous, Magnesium, and Copper can all be found in ample amounts in chia seeds. You need these to build muscle, bones, and maintain energy levels.

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    1 lb for under $8

If this is your first time at the rodeo, you may be wondering where the heck to find chia seeds. Well, don’t you worry I’ve got you covered. I order mine from Thrive Market. Think Costco meets Whole Foods and you’ll get the picture. This store is pretty awesome, offering you, the customer wholesale prices of the wholseome, organic foods and ingredients you’d find yourself paying much more at your local grocer. On top of that, when you become a paying member, your membership helps to fund a membership for a family in need. (This is actually my favorite thing about Thrive Market, their commitment to social justice) Their mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. So this is definitely a brand the The Black Mama can get behind.

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If you want a little crunch, eat them right away on whatever you top with them. But, if you want some added texture to creamier dishes, add them and allow them to “soak” and they will give you a pudding like texture overnight. Check out my recipes for baby jar chia pudding 2 ways below. I had some baby food jars lying around (we always recycle things like this for precisely this reason). Baby jars are the perfect way to make sure all of your ingredients are thoroughly mixed, PLUS will allow you to take this yummy snack on the go for you and baby.

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And if you have a favorite way of eating your chia seeds, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

**If you don’t have baby food jars, never fear, just use the entire can of coconut milk in a large bowl and quadruple the recipes below. **

 

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Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or for an even thicker consistency use coconut cream)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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  1. Combine cocnut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a 4 oz. baby food jar. Put the cap on and shake vigorously to make sure everything is combined.
  2. Add chia seeds
  3. replace cap and shake again to distribute the chia seeds throughout.
  4. Refrigerate overnight for a yummy morning treat
  5. Top with fresh or frozen berries and serve

 

Rich Dark Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or for an even thicker consistency use coconut cream)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon blue agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Hershey’s 100% Cocoa (Special Dark)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
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  1. Combine cocnut milk, agave, vanilla, and cocoa powder in a 4 oz. baby food jar. Put the cap on and shake vigorously to make sure everything is combined.
  2. Add chia seeds
  3. Replace cap and shake again to distribute the chia seeds throughout.
  4. Refrigerate overnight for a yummy morning treat
  5. Top with fresh or frozen berries, chocolate shavings, or coconut yogurt and serve.

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Happy eating Mamas!

 

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