We have recently started serving Chia Pudding as a new food item at our San Francisco Cafe and it has become big hit! San Francisco is well known as a mecca for its food, this chia pudding recipe truly hits the mark. Our local chefs are constantly creating interesting and delectable foods to meet the changing needs of such an international city.
When coming up with new food ideas for the Weaver’s Coffee & Tea Flagship, I turn to my incredible team and our local community to understand what they really want to eat and drink on a daily basis.
Our neighborhood has been very clear that they want gluten free chia pudding, they also want vegan, and protein rich foods that are not sugary, and easy to grab and go, because let’s face it, everyone is on the go. California does set trends for the rest of the country and we know that most people are looking for a healthy breakfast food that is easy to transport, while they are drop the kids off at school, or run to catch a train, or just sit in traffic in their car on their way to work.
After my own special research, I discovered that chia seeds are classified as a super food because they are high in fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, a 28-gram, or one-ounce serving of chia seeds contains
- 131 calories
- 8.4 grams of fat
- 13.07 grams of carbohydrate
- 11.2 grams of fiber
- 5.6 grams of protein
- No sugar
Eating only one ounce of chia seeds provides:
- 18 percent of daily calcium needs
- 27 percent of phosphorus
- 30 percent of manganese
- and smaller amounts of potassium and copper.
The perfect solution if they are looking for something healthy!
Initially, I was hesitant to start making chia seed pudding. The 4-ingredient recipe almost seemed too perfect of a solution for a new food idea. However, encouragement from my boss as well as the team around me to just try it and see how it worked is what helped me stop over thinking it. Today, it is one of our top sellers.
Vincent's Chia Pudding Recipe
Recipe (yields 3 12oz portions)
- 2 Cups Oat Milk – we use Oat Milk over Soy and Almond because it has more protein and fiber than other alternative milks.
- ½ Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup*
- 1/3 Cup Slivered Almonds (optional topping)
- ¼ Cup Fruit(s) of choice (optional topping)
- ¼ cup Coconut flakes (optional topping)
- Combine Oat Milk, Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, and Maple Syrup into blender.
- Blend on a low speed for 10 seconds to mix all ingredients together. Blending on a higher speed will cause the chia seeds to break up instead of being whole. It will not affect the taste – but it will affect the consistency of the pudding.
- Put in fridge, and stir the pudding mixture every hour.
- After sitting for 3 hours, it is ready to serve. Top with almonds or coconut flakes and a variety of fresh fruit.