Chia seed pudding power bowl is a yummy breakfast or snack that is packed with nutrients like fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins like zinc, potassium and B. It is easy to prep with just a few ingredients and your favorite toppings like berries, granola and jam.
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Have you ever had a chia seed? They are little black seeds and are an ancient superfood that have a magical power. They make a great pudding because they retain the liquid you put them in. And they swell up to transform any type of milk into a gel-like consistency.
I was first introduced to them when I started making overnight oats. My favorite ones are these Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats and these Blueberry Overnight Oats. I recently branched out and started making Chia Seed Pudding and Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowls.
Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowl
What are Power Bowls
A power bowl is also called a protein bowl. It is a quick and easy meal focused around “power foods”, like chia seeds.
Ingredients for Power Bowls
There are lots of options for power bowls. The most important part is finding ingredients that are packed with nutrients. Many power bowls include: whole grains, vegetables, protein (like cow’s milk) and a dressing. For this Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowl our base is chia seed pudding.
Did you know that chia seeds and cow’s milk pack a powerful nutritional punch?
2 Tablespoons of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s)
- Calcium: 18% of the Recommended Dietary Intake
- Manganese: 30% of the Recommended Dietary Intake
- Magnesium: 30% of the Recommended Dietary Intake
- Phosphorus: 27% of the Recommended Dietary Intake
- They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.
Cow’s milk is packed with 13 essential vitamins and minerals. As a mom I especially love that milk has calcium, vitamin and potassium. These are 3 of the 4 nutrients many Americans are not getting enough of. We used 2% milk for this recipe, but you could use skim, 1% or whole milk. The best part is you get all the vitamins and minerals listed below no matter what type of cow’s milk you enjoy.
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin A
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Pantothenic Acid (B5)
Interested in why these vitamins and minerals are important to your body? Check out this article.
Ingredients for Chia Seed Pudding
- Chia Seeds
- Cow Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Sweetener (you can use your favorite sweetener, I like to use honey)
- A variety of berries
- Berry Jam
How to Make Power Bowls
Chia Seed Pudding
The first step is making the Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowl is to make the chia seed pudding. I like to do this step as part of my meal prep. It can last for 5-7 days once it is made. The chia seed pudding is easy to make. The ratio of milk to seeds is 1:4 meaning for every cup of milk you use you add 4 tablespoons of chia seeds. Then add in 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. I like to add the sweetener when I am ready to eat it. Then stir it all together. Add a top and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour, but ideally overnight. I like to mix it again about 10 minutes after I place it into the refrigerator so it does not clump together.
When you are ready to assemble your Chia Seed Power Bowl. Pour your chia seed pudding into your bowl and add your sweetener. You can use sugar, maple syrup or honey.
Then comes the fun part. You can add your toppings. I like to add all of them to one side of the bowl, but you can put them anywhere since you are going to mix it all together when you are ready to eat it. You can use your favorite toppings. My favorites include:
- Strawberry Jam
Recipe for Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowl
Chia Seed Pudding Power Bowl
- 1 cup milk
- 4 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 cup berries
- 1/2 cup granola
- Tablespoon jam
- Combine milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract in a container with a top. Place into the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour, ideally overnight.
- 10 to 15 minutes later stir it again so that you don't have clumps.
- When you are ready to enjoy your power bowl. Add your sweetener then add your toppings.
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