It’s probably impossible to write anything about chia seeds that hasn’t been said before—all the jokes have been made, y’know? And I think we’ve moved beyond regarding chia seeds as a novelty. They’re firmly ensconced in the arsenal of cooks who enjoy experimenting with their gelatinous properties and appreciate their nutritional profile. Three tablespoons offer 20% of your recommended daily value of calcium, 15% of your daily value of iron, and 5 g of protein, along with a substantial amount of fiber.
I personally go through phases with chia seeds. I’ll be all into them for a month, then have a pudding or overnight oat bowl that’s just too gelatinous, and then I’ll be over them. But with this vibrantly flavored Chocolate-Orange Chia Pudding, I’m back in the chia game.
Chocolate-Orange Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup water (you could probably use nondairy milk, but I was a little leery of mixing it with the orange juice!)
- 3 T chia seeds
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 2 T maple syrup (you can add more if you’d like a sweeter pudding)
- Dash salt
- Cacao nibs, coconut shreds, or mini chocolate chips for topping (optional but recommended!)
Add all ingredients to a jar or container with an airtight lid and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until the pudding reaches desired consistency. Add any toppings and enjoy!
Although the three tablespoons of chia seeds carry the main nutritional heft in this pudding, the two tablespoons of maple syrup add a surprising 8% of your daily value of calcium. That’s a total of 28% of your daily value of calcium in a single serving of pudding. Not bad for dessert!
What’s your favorite chia seed recipe?