Satiating your sweet cravings doesn’t have to be unhealthy! Here is a healthy dessert recipe that you can prepare for Janmashtami festivities
Janmashtami is celebrated differently in many parts of India but with a lot of fervour and food. The celebration is incomplete without a selection of something sweet on this day. While most associate desserts to be high on sugar and unhealthy unhealthy, we bring a healthy dessert recipe using chia seeds.
So what’s the secret recipe? Well, it is chia seed pudding! I bet if you eat this recipe once you will eat it over and over again! This chia seed pudding is a 4-ingredient healthy vegan treat made of chia seeds, a healthy fruit like watermelon, plant-based milk, and sweetener. This recipe can be a perfect healthy breakfast or snack! Topped off with fresh fruit, and drizzled with maple syrup, it has taste bhi, health bhi!
Okay, enough said! Let’s go on to the recipe of chia seed pudding.
Ingredients you’ll need:
cup coconut milk
cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup cubed watermelon
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
cup whole chia seeds
Fruit of your choice
- Blend watermelon with coconut milk and almond milk in a blender on high until completely smooth.
- Pour into a large bowl or any glass container that works. Add chia seeds and maple syrup, and then stir well.
- Now, allow it to sit for 3 minutes and whisk it again before covering and placing it in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
- Top with your choice of colorful fruit like berries, bananas, apples, oranges, and you can also add nuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and anything else you feel like experimenting with and coconut flakes before serving.
Is chia seed pudding good for you?
The main ingredient in the chia pudding is… no prizes for guessing, chia seeds! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the many benefits of chia seeds. Being a superfood, chia seeds are loaded with health benefits. Not only are they a great source of omega-3 fatty, but they are also high in fiber, protein, magnesium, antioxidants, and phosphorus. They’re also a good source of calcium, iron, niacin, and thiamin.
To make your chia seeds pudding extra healthy, be sure to use good quality ingredients; stick to a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. And use regular milk for this recipe or a non-dairy version like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or soy milk.
The great thing about chia pudding is that it’s a very flexible recipe. You can add pretty much any flavour, fruits, etc to it and it always turns out delicious! And no cooking needed!
Besides chia seeds in chia seeds pudding, watermelon is also a major ingredient! It is one of the highest sources of the antioxidant lycopene—lycopene helps to protect cells from damage and it may be beneficial in preventing some eye diseases as well. On other hand, adding coconut milk and almond milk is also a great choice.
This is essentially what’s going to satisfy your in-between meal cravings and can be the best choice for breakfast. Once you make this chia seed pudding, it will be a staple in your fridge!