A Dessert to Bump Up Your Health: Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

A Dessert to Bump Up Your Health: Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

When soaked, chia seeds have the texture of tapioca. Chia seeds have a neutral taste, so they blend easily into any recipe, savoury or sweet. A great feature about their "blandness" is the chia seed's ability to be added to any recipe to bump up the nutrition, without changing the taste. 

Chia Seed Pudding


Health Benefits of Chia Seeds 

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid (EFA) that promotes total-body health. Chia seeds, unlike flaxseeds, don't contain phytoestrogens. Omega-3s promote brain, cardiovascular, skin, nervous system, joint, hormone and eye health.  
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • High in fiber: The high fiber content, both soluble and insoluble, helps to usher out LDL "bad" cholesterol, promote detoxification and balance blood sugar. 
  • Rich in highly absorbable calcium 
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system 
  • Helps to lower cholesterol 
  • Plant-based protein 
  • Plant-based (nonheme) iron  
  • Hydrating: Chia seeds absorb 12 times their weight in liquid, so a little bit goes a long way. This ability to hold onto liquid contributes to satiety, hydration and proper electrolyte balance. It also makes them a great pre- or post-workout food. 
  • Self-preserving: Chia contains a compound called cinnamic acid, protecting the seed’s healthy fats from rancidity. This enables them to be kept for a much longer time than other seeds, without oxidizing.

I'm hoping that posting this recipe will ring in spring sometime soon. I was trapped in my house by yet another snowstorm yesterday. I love winter, but this is ridiculous! Let's just go ahead and pretend it's springtime and I can see the grass on my front lawn.   

If you're already planning your Easter or Passover menu, this may make a nice gluten-free and vegan addition to your table. Garnish with crunchy walnuts, if desired, for a little crunch and more omega-3s -because I just can't get enough. My sister put this on her baked oatmeal and said it was a nice combo, so that's another option too. This pudding delivers all of the spicy goodness of carrot cake, in a delicious new way.  

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