Spiced Banana Chia Seed Pudding

This is one of those things that looks gross, but tastes amazing. Like tofu, chia seeds, when used to make pudding or mixed into smoothies, will taste like whatever flavor components they are mixed with. Don't be fooled by the reptilian appearance; puddings and smoothies with the seeds are generally quite tasty. Chia seeds become gummy little granules packed with protein, fiber, and omega-3s after being soaked in liquid. As they absorb liquid, the seeds grow in size and soften while thickening the liquid. Because of this, chia seeds are an ideal ingredient to create vegan puddings. Premade chia seed puddings have become widely available at grocery stores, but it's just as easy to make chia seed pudding at home and far less expensive.

I talked more about chia seed puddings last summer, which you can read about here. I recently concocted a new version that is so delicious, I've been eating it daily. I make a mason jar full of the pudding in the morning before work and by lunch time it's perfect. This version is a creamy and sweet treat spiced with flavors of fall, including cinnamon and cardamom. It's like contentment in bite form. If you like chia seed pudding or are thinking about trying it for the first time, this recipe is for you. 

Spiced Banana Chia Seed Pudding
Serves 1

1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 banana
3 Tbsp chia seeds 
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Purée the banana with the soy milk until smooth and frothy. Pour the mixture into the desired container. Stir in the chia seeds and spices. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Stir and enjoy!

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