Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Apples
Chia pudding is not really pudding at all, it gets it’s name from the creamy texture created when the chia seeds are mixed with yogurt or a dairy product. They soften and create a gel like substance, similar to tapioca. Mix this with warm cinnamon apples and vanilla Greek yogurt and you have a delicious, creamy breakfast that eats like a dessert.
You have heard about these amazing little chia seeds, but for those of you who haven’t here is a little information on chia seeds. Chia seeds are a seed from a flowering plant in the mint family. Chia is high in Omega- 3 fatty acids and actually beats out salmon serving for serving. They are also high in fiber which helps to fill you up faster and keep you full longer.
What you need:
- 1 cup skim milk
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped into one inch bite size pieces
- 1 banana, chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of granola
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
What to do:
- In a mason jar mix together milk, chia seeds, two tablespoons of maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon, and vanilla together. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When moistened, chia seeds form a gel like substance that will thicken up and become creamy when mixed with dairy.
- After refrigerating overnight, take mason jar, stir chia gently around with a spoon. Top with banana, yogurt and granola.
- In a small pan over medium heat, melt butter and add the apples with the remaining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Cook for two to three minutes until apple pieces are tender, gently stirring. Immediately place apples over granola in mason jar. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of maple syrup over apples and serve.
The combination of warm apples over the creamy, vanilla chia pudding is to die for. A great start to any day or as a late night snack.