Like so many other health-conscious folks, I hopped on the chia seed bandwagon and have been snacking on chia pudding for several years now. It’s hard to resist when all it really takes to get a luscious, lovely, tapioca-textured pudding is mixing two ingredients together (chia seeds and liquid of your choosing). Simple, right?
Over the years, I fell into a routine of simply just mixing the seeds with nut milk, usually almond milk. But, I’m not going to lie, eating the same thing over and over again had me feeling bit chia-pudding’d out. Since adding tea into my pudding mix, and in particular the combination of chocolate and chai for this easy Chocolate Chai-Chia Seed Pudding, the chia experience has gotten a lot more exciting.
Last semester in chef school, we had a surprising lecture about tea and food pairings that made me see tea in a whole new light. For instance, did you know that tea has tannins and certain teas pair well with certain foods, just like wine? Did you also know that you could become a tea sommelier? With my holistic health background and affinity for foods rich in antioxidants, mixing tea into my chia pudding seemed like the next logical (and healthy/delicious) step.
But come back tomorrow when I’ll be back to share a new summer favourite potluck recipe. (Hint: It involves roasted cherries.)