Indian-inspired Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding

Indian-inspired Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding

Many people are familiar with the benefits of chia seeds, but don’t know how to add it to their diet. This is a delicious & really easy way to enjoy them. Did you know chia seeds originated in South America? They are low in carbohydrates & very high in fiber, unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids & protein. They also provide a good amount of iron, calcium and potassium (beneficial in lowering blood pressure).

For my South Asian people, I came up with this recipe as a way to introduce my dad (who is from India) to chia seeds with flavors he enjoys- cardamom & saffron are reminiscent of many Indian desserts, but without the excessive sugar present in these traditional treats!

Due to their neutral flavor, you can be as creative and playful as you want to add spices and flavors that you enjoy! Try this one and let me know what you think. I also have a coffee-flavored variation that I love.

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  1. ½ cup Chia seeds
  2. 2 cups nut milk of your choice or coconut milk
  3. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  4. Pinch of saffron
  5. 1 tbsp agave nectar

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Put in refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  4. At time of serving, can add additional nut milk of choice, garnish with slivered almonds, shredded, unsweetened coconut & fresh fruit of your choice- berries are a great option.
  5. If you plan to serve without fruit, you will want to add a drizzle of agave nectar, maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness.

Another variation: Instead of cardamom and saffron, try adding 1 tablespoon of instant coffee for a delicious coffee flavor!

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6

Amount per serving

  • Calories
  • 103
  •  
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 7.2g
  • 9%
  • Saturated Fat 0.8g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium 60mg
  • 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
  • 4%
  • Dietary Fiber 7.2g
  • 26%
  • Total Sugars 2.5g
  •  
  • Protein 4.3g
  •  
  • Vitamin D 0mcg
  • 2%
  • Calcium 180mg
  • 14%
  • Iron 1mg
  • 7%
  • Potassium 63mg
  • 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.