No added sugar, vegan, gluten free and high in protein simple & quick papaya chia pudding recipe with chia seeds. Prep time = 2 minutes, cooking time = 0 mins. Gotta love that!
Chia seed is the new superfood that is sold in any grocery store and is recommended by many athletes and other health authorities. There is also a belief chia seeds help in weight loss but studies remain inconclusive.
According to the USDA, a 1 oz serving of chia seeds contains 9 g of fat, 11 g of fiber and 4 g of protein.
Chia seeds are little tiny black seeds that expand when soaked in liquid up to 9 times of it’s original size. Almond milk is the best to soak chia seeds in and so far I made vanilla chia pudding, chocolate chia pudding and coconut mango chia pudding. They are petty tasteless and resemble tapioca texture when soaked. Chia seeds are full of protein, healthy fats, fiber and calcium. Total nutrition powerhouse! Oh, and most stores sell organic chia seeds.
Last week I went to my local farmer’s market and couldn’t pass by the isle with beautiful and fragrant papayas. It is papaya season now somewhere down South (definitely not in Canada) and the price is great.
I thought of a papaya chia seed pudding right away as the natural sweetness of papaya allows to make it without extra added sugar.
The simplicity of this chia pudding with papaya is just ridiculous. Just combine everything together. It adds variety to your breakfasts for sure. You can even refrigerate it overnight in a glass container and just grab and take it with you to work or gym.
By the way, a great pre or post-workout meal! I bet you can add your favourite protein powder to it for an extra protein boost. Also it makes a great dessert. Add shaved dark chocolate on top?!
I tried it with coconut flakes. It was not bad. I personally prefer to add extra fresh diced papaya on top.
So, enjoy and let me know your thoughts. Oh, forgot to tell you, you might want to have toothpicks nearby.:) You know why.:)
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- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
- 3/4 cup papaya, diced
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a jar/bowl/container, mix together, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve cold with optional toppings such as unsweetened coconut flakes or diced papaya.
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 8.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 150.0 mg
Total Carbs: 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 12.5 g
Sugars: 4 g
Protein: 7.5 g
Weight Watchers Points+: 4
Weight Watchers Points: 3