Chia Seed Pudding for Baby
Feeding my now 8-month old son has been nothing short of entertaining. I have loved introducing him to new foods and waiting to see his approval or disapproval based on his facial expression. Or which foods he decides are allowed to remain on his tray.
But as he gets older there have been some challenges. One of my biggest challenges is finding a good source of protein for him. He seems to have a mild allergy to eggs, so I can’t make him eggs for breakfast. And certain meets are tricky to eat at this age.
Greek yogurt is one of my favorite sources of protein and its so easy to prepare (uh…no preparation required) and serve. However, it does have a bit of a bitter taste for such a young pallet and has been met with some severe faces by my little one.
Enter the chia seed pudding!
I needed a way to mask the taste of the Greek yogurt without adding too much sweetness. So I mixed together a few basic ingredients and some chia seeds to make a pretty delicious chia seed pudding that even I would eat!
This recipe has no added sugar or sweeteners, but you can add them if you’d like to make this for an older child or yourself. And is also a great food to add along side some oatmeal, fruit, or even by itself.
The base of the chia seed pudding is made of:
Whole milk Greek yogurt
Unsweetened almond milk
If you are making this for an older child or for yourself, you can replace or add the following:
Switch whole milk for low- or non-fat Greek yogurt
Almond milk for any other liquid such as cows milk, soy milk, etc.
Add maple syrup or honey
In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, almond milk, and apple sauce until smooth. Then stir in the chia seeds.
Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours until it has firmed up and resembles the texture of a thick pudding or yogurt.
This can be served directly out of the fridge. Although, if your baby is sensitive to temperature, allow to warm up on the counter for a few minutes.
Serve along side their favorite fruit, either mashed, cut into pieces, or in strips.
While I would recommend serving it to baby with a spoon, some babies (like mine) may prefer to feed themselves by hand. It just creates a bit more of a mess, but it’s a lot more fun!
1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
1/2 cup apple sauce
3 tbsp chia seeds
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together yogurt, almond milk, and apple sauce until mostly smooth.
Stir in chia seeds so that they are evenly incorporated into the liquid mixture.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Serve alone, or along side fruit or oatmeal.