Strawberry Basil Chia Pudding

by Her Happy Balance on May 15, 2013

Ever have one of those days where you just want to experiment in the kitchen? They either lead to the strangest, inedible concoctions ever created or delightful surprises. Luckily, I am going to count this recipe amongst the winners!

Strawberry Basil Chia Pudding:
-Serves 2-

1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1/4 Tsp. Stevia
4 Large strawberries
5 Leaves of basil
1 Peach (optional)

Combine almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla extract in a bowl and stir well. Cover and put it in the refrigerator overnight (I actually waited about 18 hrs). Take bowl out of the fridge and stir well. Try and break up any clumps of seeds that may have formed; your pudding should have the consistency of tapioca. In a food processor or blender, puree your strawberries then add them to the seed mixture. Stir in stevia, flax seed, and almond extract. Next, chop your basil leaves very finely and add them to your pudding. I also chopped up a few peaches and stirred them in too. Feel free to add any in-season fruits to your pudding and enjoy!

Strawberry Basil Chia Pudding

The strawberries meshed well with the refreshing taste of basil! If I was getting really fancy, I could have served it with a whipped topping, or used the pudding alongside of some Nutella in a crêpe.

Thoughts??

How do you incorporate flax and chia into your diet?

What’s your favorite spring or summertime fruit? Favorite herb?

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Meredith May 15, 2013 at 8:17 am

Looks delicious lady!! I love strawberries and peaches combined, I will be trying this! 🙂

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Great, let me know what you think 🙂 I’m sure chunks of any summer fruit in there could be good!

Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

I love adding chia seeds to oats and cookies but have never thought of using them to make a pudding. This sounds really interesting! I may have to try this, I mean how can you not love all those flavors!

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

It had been on my to-do list for a while to try and make a pudding with them. I finally gave it a shot 🙂 And those are some great ways to use chia! I’ve used it in oats before but haven’t tried cookies yet!

Meghan May 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

Um, scuuuuuuu meeee (that’s slang for excuse me) MAAM. This looks so good and colorful and refreshing and summery! I’m so impressed with your skills! I’m glad this was a winner for you because those ingredients are costly and counting them as a loss would make me very sad. Good job being creative in the kitchen!! 🙂 I’m scared of Chia seeds still (mainly because they grow into plants) though I do have some at home. I haven’t had flax in a while (this is a great reminder!) but I love it mixed into overnight oats and oatmeal and the roomie Bek adds it to smoothies for extra nourishment. I love ground flax vs. the seeds. Summertime fruit favorite is without a doubt watermelon x 1 million. That stuff could satisfy me anytime, anywhere and I am not embarrassed. 🙂 Have a wonderful day my bloggy bestest!

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Good point! Chia is so darn expensive. Well if it is living up to it’s reputation, hopefully it is doing inner miracles for my body and I’ll live to be 190…so I’m hoping it is worth the high price tag. And my family jokes all the time about cha-cha-cha-chia plants. Specifically that you could grow an Obama chia head. Chia seeds actually don’t really taste like much of anything though. So essentially I made fruit pudding. If anything, they have a very mild nutty taste. Yay for you and the Bek using flax in smoothies and oats. You can sprinkle it on salads, too 😉 I cannot wait for decent watermelon here. Ever have seed spitting contests at camp as a kid? I did, and I always lost. Can’t spit. Anywho, have a great day girlfraann!

Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness May 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

This looks so yummy! I’ll usually throw chia and flax seeds into my oatmeal, but ive also used chia in a smoothie before and turned out really good. I love strawberries, and I absolutely love fresh basil. Mint is my other favorite.

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

We must be on the same brain wave…I was actually considering making another version with mint in place of the basil! Great minds think alike 🙂

Beth Sheridan May 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

Well that just looks fantastic and sounds very interesting! I wonder how it would taste with coconut milk?

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Good thinking! I think coconut milk would work great in place of the almond milk. I just used what I had at the time 🙂

Kristina May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

That sounds sooo good! The strawberry and basil combo screams summertime. And of course, Nutella is appropriate all day, everyday.

I put ground flaxseed in my smoothies, chia in my yogurt and cross my fingers that these little miracle workers are doing their job.

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Nutella is amazing. It ranks up there with TJ’s Cookie Butter. And it’s all about the ground flax over the unground version. I’m hoping all the seeds and random things that are “mega foods” or “power foods” are doing their jobs and keeping us in tip-top shape!

Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns May 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

That is an interesting combination. I’d be willing to try it!! I will eat flax chips every once in a while lol. Hmmm….I’d have to say watermelon. I don’t get more excited about any other fruit.

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Flax chips sound really good! I didn’t know those existed, now I must research! And good choice with the watermelon 🙂

Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? May 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

whoaaa that’s crazy unique!

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I got a little adventurous in the kitchen this week and out of my food comfort zone!

GiGi Eats Celebrities May 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

My mom and I used to make flax crackers……. And they were SOOOOO good, too good…. I would eat SO MUCH that I would blow up into a HOT AIR balloon! Ah ha ha! 😉

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

You made flax crackers?! Too cool, is the recipe on your site? I’d love to give it a gander 🙂

meredith May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love summer fruit – melon, berries, and peaches when they are super sweet especially! I add chia lately to as much as I can – oatmeal, yogurt, as an egg substitute in baking, pancakes etc. I really want to try making a pudding. It is on my list.

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

What do you combine the chia with to replace the egg? Chia and water? Or just put the seeds in straight?

Brittany May 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I love this recipe. Strawberry, basil, and balsamic is a popular flavor combo too..so random but they work!

Her Happy Balance May 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

If you like that combo, what do you think of watermelon and feta salad? I love that in the summertime too 🙂

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen May 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I saw this on your Instagram today and was so impressed! Cool combo with the basil and strawberries! I love experimenting in the kitchen. My favorite way to use chia and flax is in oats with peanut butter. I really like plain chia puding too. Flax is great as an egg substitute. My favorite summer fruit is definitely peaches! So good!

Her Happy Balance May 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

I’ve also heard that chia is a good egg substitute. I wonder if you have to add water to them first to make them gooey or just throw the seeds in…I should look into that! Great choices with the peaches 😉 Love peach smoothies and to top pancakes!

Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie May 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

This recipe looks so delicious. I’m definitely going to have to make it. My favorite summer fruit is cherries. One of the best things in the summer besides watermelon. I’m fruit obsessed.

Her Happy Balance May 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

Ooo good choice with the cherries! I forgot all about that! A fruit obsession is a good obsession to have…whereas I am nacho obsessed, not quite as good haha! Let me know how the recipe goes for you 🙂

angie bryan May 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I add chia seeds in my shakes, but gotta drink with a straw bc they sink.
cute blog. 🙂

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Thanks so much, Angie! I already checked yours out too and I love the fun fitness shirts you posted recently. Especially the “I’d flex but I like this shirt” one haha too funny!

Stephanie@nowirun.com May 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

I love making overnight oats with chia seeds.
This recipe sounds tasty… but I can’t quite wrap my head around the basil part. Glad it was good!

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I’ve never tried overnight oats, it’s on my to-do list though! The strawberry basil combo was definitely different from my usual taste but is was nice and summery 🙂

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