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Fruity breakfast pudding

For the past week or two, I've been regularly switching out my breakfast sandwich for some all-natural, home made pudding. Pudding for breakfast? Yes. Well, technically it's more like a really thick smoothie, I suppose, but still. :P It works best if you make this the night before, so it can set overnight. You'll need the following:

  • about 6 to 8oz fruits of choice
  • about 1/2 cup water, milk, or juice of choice
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds

Add your fruit to a blender. I'm using about 2.5oz each of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. I bought these frozen and allowed them to thaw in the fridge over the course of the day, which caused them to release some of their juices. This is no problem at all, just pour those right in there as well.

Next, give them a good blend. At this point in the blending process, you may have more of a chunky, thick paste than an actual smoothie, especially if you're using a $25 blender like I am. :P

So, add some water, milk or fresh fruit juice to help, and blend some more. (I'm using milk.)

Transfer the smoothie mixture to a bowl and stir in your chia seeds. Place this in the fridge overnight. The tiny seeds will soak up quite a bit of the moisture in your mix and release a sticky gel. This makes the smoothie coagulate into a (thin) jelly-pudding like substance.

The finished product, come the next morning. You may have to experiment a bit with the exact amounts of liquid and chia to get a proper pudding consistency, but it should at any rate be thick enough to eat with a spoon rather than drinking.

Here's one from a different morning. This one has raspberries, mango, milk and chia. So, how do these puddings hold up, nutrition-wise? The nutritional value for the first one (3 kinds of berries + milk) comes out to this: 13g protein, 34g carbs, 14.8g fat and 18.8g fibre, for a total of 310 kcal. About half of the fat are omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and that amount of fibre is over half your recommended daily intake, right there at breakfast. As a consequence, this simple, light pudding will probably keep you full for most of the morning, especially if you drink plenty of water to go with it.

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