Chia seeds have been around in Mexico and Central America for centuries. The Mayans even included them in their diet. And why not? These crunchy little seeds add a lot to any diet. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are a great source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Plus they do not have a distinctive flavor which means they can easily blend into any flavor you wish.
Seeing how these seeds expand in liquid to form a gel-like consistency I decided to make a vegan-friendly “rice pudding/tapioca” like dessert using chia seeds. Once the chia seeds expand in the milk it creates this creamy consistency similar to that of rice pudding or tapioca. I started with a vanilla based dessert then folded in some yummy summer fruit and voila! A light dessert that is also healthy. Score and score. Continue reading