Amazake Chia Pudding

Feb 03 2015 by Sjon Welters  |  2 comments

I’m a person of habit when it comes to cooking. I have a huge inventory of recipes and meals in my head, but I revert to the small handful of simple last minute dishes 90% of the time. It’s just too easy. However, I do like to consciously change it up every so often. Variety is the spice of life and if my family is made to eat bean soup one more time I may be fired. Therefore I do take notice of the fad foods on the market of which there are plenty.

It’s hard to sort through the endless shelves of ingredients and prepared foods and find the ones worth trying. I usually try the most intriguing new trend ingredients at least once or twice. Some stick and get filed into my internal inventory, others get taken out with the garbage. Enter chia seeds. They started as the latter category and with repeated attempts are becoming part of the file.Healthy organic chia seeds

I resisted chia seeds for a long time. When a friend of mine showed me her coconut chia pudding in a large mason jar I politely took a bite and didn’t care for it likening it to tapioca pudding. I was never fond of tapioca pudding.

But then recently it crossed my path again in a Facebook feed, and then again in an online class I took. So I decided to give chia seeds another try. The hype is that they are high in fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids.  All positive additions to your diet.

Many of the chia puddings that you find use coconut milk as the base. I use coconut milk and oil sometimes, but it can be overwhelmingly fatty often leaving me with a headache if I overdo it. So I made my own chia pudding using Amazake instead. It came out really nice. It still has that tapioca-like consistency, but the Amazake really minimizes the ick factor for me. It’s not fatty, which is what gives typical tapioca the slimy feeling I don’t like.

The base of the pudding is just water, Amazake and chia seeds. The beauty of it is that you can add whatever flavors you would like to it to make it an original pudding of your creation!

 

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  • 1 cup Rhapsody Amazake
  • .5 cup Water
  • 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Optional:

  • .25 cup Raisins
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tsp Fresh grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp Nut or Seed Butter (almond, peanut, tahini, cashew, sunflower)
  • 2 Tbsp roasted Nuts

Combine all ingredients in a pint mason jar or other container with a lid. Mix well and let sit for at least 2 hours, overnight is better. Stir and serve!

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2 comments on ... Amazake Chia Pudding

  1. Linda Dunleavy says:

    Will the pudding become thick without using kuzu or something like it?
    Thanks!

    • It will become quite thick as the chia seeds expand over time. Somewhat like flax seeds do. The chia seeds serve as the thickener. In fact, I believe you can grind up chia seeds and use them similarly as you would kuzu or arrowroot. I haven’t tried this yet, but this is my theory!

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