From breakfast to dessert, this delectably sweet and spicy pudding is a very healthy and delicious way to start or end your day! Pears have a relatively low glycemic index and load, and chia contains high fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and many important minerals. The warming spices also help us digest and assimilate the cool pear. Aaaand it's so tasty.
As I mentioned in the Sweet Satisfaction blog, chia seeds can be added to most liquids to make a pudding! The seeds become mucilaginous when they come in contact with water, which is very soothing for your gastrointestinal system... and makes a great pudding base!
Just a note, all pears taste quite different depending on their type and level of ripeness, so you may need to adjust spices or water content accordingly.
Ginger Pear Chia Pudding
2 pears, chopped
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 thumb of ginger, sliced (If you like it spicy! Consider starting with a small amount and working up!) or 2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
Approx 1 cup of water.
Combine all of the ingredients and blend using your method of choice (blender, hand blender, vitamix, etc.). Chill, if you'd like, and enjoy!
Try to drink a full glass of tea (if entertaining, it's perfect with chai!) or water with the pudding so as to "moisturize" the fiber and avoid constipation!
If you're trying to impress people or just feeling fancy, decorate with pear slices, sprinkle of cardamom/cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and/or ginger slices.
And if you'd prefer to enjoy this as a drink, just add more water.
I hope this encourages you to incorporate more chia into your diet!