Three-Ingredient Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

chia seed pudding recipe, chia seed dessertNow that the threat of snow is winding down (fingers crossed), I’ve been getting the itch to move away from making heavier soups and chilis and towards lighter salads and fruity desserts.

Mangos always remind me of the warmer months, and they are my go-to when I’m craving something sweet; I have dried mangos in my pantry at all times. This Chia seed pudding is made almost entirely of mangos. Its super sweet and citrusy without any added crap.

I normally add a little bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup to my Chia seed pudding recipes, and there is always a base of almond milk, but I find the mangos are sweet enough on their own — nix the honey or maple — and when pureed they are thick enough that the almond milk is also not needed. Just mangos, Chia seeds and fresh orange juice — plus whatever you choose to top it with, if anything. It literally doesn’t get any easier than that.

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‘Tastes Like a Cookie’ Blueberry-Cashew Flax Seed Bars

Flax seed bars, Chia seed bars, flax and chia energy barsI feel like energy and snack bars are all the rage these days.

A new one pops up on the market what feels like every 10 seconds and I get why. There is a market for them. An easy snack/meal that fills you up and gives you a boost? Yes, please.

However, you have to be careful with certain bars if you are trying to stay on the healthy route. Some of them are loaded with processed sugars and ingredients, or have a exorbitantly high calorie count. And while there are some great alternatives on the market with low sugar and high nutrition — Health Warrior Chia bars are my favorite — nothing tastes as good as homemade, which is why I make my own.

I usually make these in all different flavors, but this combo is one of my favorites — everyone says they taste more like a cookie than an energy bar, hence the name — and the fact then when I make a big batch they never kick around for more than a day or two is a testament to their deliciousness. In addition: The Flax and Chia seed on top of the already energy-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients make these yummy little bars true powerhouses. Surge up.

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Paleo Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

With raspberries and toasted almonds

Chia seeds — the new “super food” infamous for giving Chia Pets their grassy coats — have recently been given higher honors than the thing responsible for putting some “hair” on a clay dog, thanks to their extensive nutritional benefits.

Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (700 times more than salmon), protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also an excellent source of calcium, potassium, zinc and iron, and suggested to be responsible for boosting energy, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar and  easing digestion.

This no-bake Chia pudding will not only give you all the health benefits of this trendy superfood, but it’s also super simple to make, uses minimal ingredients, and will satisfy your sweet tooth. It also makes for a yummy, healthy breakfast topped with some fresh fruit and chopped nuts.

You can mix up this recipe in a ton of ways, using coconut milk instead of almond milk, or natural agave or maple syrup instead of raw honey, but this way is my preference. Get creative with toppings, or enjoy it plain; it’s delicious either way.

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