If you’re sensitive to dairy or just enjoy trying new foods, chia pudding is a fun (and not to mention nutritious) alternative to traditional pudding. Chia seeds are full of protein, omega-3 fats (the healthy kind of fat), and fiber. These nutrients are important for many different reasons: protein helps build and repair body tissue, omega-3’s promote heart health, and fiber keeps you feeling full! Needless to say, this super simple vanilla chia pudding makes for a great breakfast, snack, or dessert!
In a small bowl, add chia seeds, milk, cinnamon and vanilla and stir well, cover and set aside on the counter or refrigerator. Some chia seeds may float on the top. If they do, no worries, they'll eventually mix in with the rest.
In 3-5 minutes, stir your chia mixture again or it will grow into one big lump! Then cover and set aside for another 5 minutes and stir again. Set chia aside for 20-30 minutes.
If the chia pudding is thick and the almond milk is fully absorbed, add the maple syrup. If there is still almond milk that needs to be absorbed, let it set for another 5 minutes.