Raspberry Chia Pudding (3 ingredients!)
What the heck are chia seeds? Good question. I had to Google it before I started writing because I wasn't sure how to explain them, and I learned some cool facts! Ready?
According to Wikipedia, chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family indigenous to central and southern Mexico (or of the related Salvia columbariae of the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Chia seeds were a staple food for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Chia means "strength" in ancient Mayan. (healthline.com)
Chia seeds are extremely high in fiber and among the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great option for vegans and vegetarians. They also provide high-quality protein, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. They can improve digestive and cardiovascular health, and lower your chances of developing diabetes.
Probably the coolest thing about chia seeds is their ability to absorb liquid and form a gel. This can be used to thicken sauces (instead of refined flour or cornstarch) or as an egg replacement.
You're going to love this recipe. Three ingredients, no crazy kitchen equipment. Yes, I gave up the Vitamix on this one.
10 oz. frozen raspberries, defrosted
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use the back of a fork to mash up the raspberries as much or as little as you prefer, and stir the chia seeds and maple syrup together. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before eating.
NOTE: If you have a thing with textures, you can throw all the ingredients a blender for a smooth consistency, before putting in the fridge. I knew I'd figure a way to get my Vitamix in here somehow.