In Ayurveda, chia seeds are considered a superfood with significant health benefits.
As grains do, they have a grounding and stabilizing effect on the body and mind. They balance the Vata dosha and help relieve anxiety, restlessness, or nervousness. Chia seeds are also considered cooling, which helps balance the Pitta dosha, and reduces heat and inflammation in the body. This wonderful grain is also high in fiber, it promotes digestive health and supports healthy elimination - great for all three doshas!
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, shown to support heart health and brain function. They are a great plant-based protein source with vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, essential for strong bones and overall health.
Enjoy this Ayurvedic chia seed pudding recipe as a healthy and satisfying breakfast that nourishes body and mind from the inside out.
1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
1/3 cup Chia Seeds
1Tbsp Raw Honey
1tsp pure Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Cardamom
Dry roasted sunflower + pumpkin seeds
Fruit of your choice
In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and chia seeds. Stir in the honey, vanilla, and spices. Pour into two or more serving bowls or mason jars with a lid and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
Dry roast sunflower and pumpkin seeds on a small pan over medium heat.
Add 1/2 tbsp of ghee to a small pan over medium low heat. Add pecans and allow them to soak in the ghee and roast until golden.
Chop fruit of choice.
Before eating, pull out of the fridge and allow the pudding to return to room temperature. Stir if needed before eating if there is crumbs of chia stuck together. Add toppings of choice.
***This recipe was inspired by other wonderful Ayurvedic Practitioners and cook books such as Ayurveda for Woman by Emily L. Glaser, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind by Kate O'Donnell, Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda by Amadea Morningstar and my wonderful teacher and mentor Laura Plumb and her cook book Ayurveda Cooking For Begginers.