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Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding

Want your recipes to pop with flavour? Add a HINT of cardamom. Want your guests to make funny faces? Add a LOT of cardamom! Cardamom is a bold spice. That’s one thing we can agree on. One thing we can’t agree on is how to describe cardamom. Fellow foodies define it as a strong aromatic spice with hints of citrus, mint, wood or smoke. To me, ground cardamom is sweet and floral which is why it blends so well with desserts.

Also, let’s not forget about chia seeds. But what about omega-3 fatty acids? Yes, chia seeds are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. That’s fantastic news! It’s not? The bad news is we’re terrible at converting ALA into biologically active docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). And by bad news, think of a conversion rate of (less than) 2% to 10%. It’s not all bad news, however, because Chia is still rich in protein, fibre, and antioxidants.

Bottom line: chia seeds are good for you and make a great tasting breakfast, snack or dessert! They’re a healthier substitute for rice and the vanilla and cardamom bring serious flavour game to this pudding.

Cardamom Chia Seed Pudding

Author: Jen - A Naturally Nu Foodie recipe

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Chill Time: 1 to 3 hours

Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes to 3 hours and 10 minutes

Number of Servings: 1


3 tbsp (45 mL) chia seeds

1/2 cup + 1/3 cup (200 mL) to 1 cup (240 mL) milk of choice

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup (optional)

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL or pinch of) ground cardamom


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk until blended well.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, even overnight.

  3. Stir with additional coconut milk before serving into a small bowl. Top with cut-up fresh fruit and/or toasted nuts.

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