Chia Pods – do you? Will you? Come on a health kick with me and let’s try

chia-pods-web-homemadeAfter a week of indulgence the other week, some mystery tummy bug  and a cake fest yesterday I thought it was time I took stock of what I was eating and sort out a bit of a “cleanse”!  Not as extreme as the juice cleanse I did earlier this year, that was a bit full on and the silly season is so not the time, but something I can achieve on a daily basis.  Enter chia pods.  I know I’m late to the party on these, I add chia to lots of things but had never actually eaten it as a “pudding” or breakfast despite best intentions.  Something about the pods looking like fish eggs put me off (although strangely didn’t bother me when I made jam out of them) but I had my first one in Noosa and it was amazing, it even came with a pretty flower on top!  See.


Why bother you may ask?  Chia seeds are jam packed with Omega-3’s (good brain food which I need!) with lots of fibre and protein so having a “pod” for breakfast is a great start to the day (and will also keep you regular)!   I think that they are quite expensive to buy so making them yourself is more economical and you can then make it whatever flavours you like.

I was even inspired to make my own almond milk to go in them.  I know, check me out hey, still got that laid back holiday vibe going but I really don’t like the taste of the ones you get in the supermarket and my friend Angie makes her own in the Thermomix, (check out her new Queen T – Thermo Cooking page on FB) and said it tasted so much better so I gave it a whirl.


I totally made this myself!

Just call me the milk maid!  I used this Thermomix recipe here.  We have no need to be dairy free in our house but I like the idea of adding this to the chia over cows milk for the nutritional benefits almonds give, we get lots of dairy elsewhere but the girls aren’t really into nuts so I try to slip them in unnoticed (it will be a miracle if they actually eat the chia pots but I will try!).

So, milk made what do you do next?  Well it’s really very easy and you don’t have the make the milk if you don’t want to…

Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Pods


  • 1 C almond milk
  • 1 Tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 C Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Pour almond milk into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add chia seeds and stir well.
  3. Add vanilla, honey and cinnamon, and stir for a couple of minutes to make sure everything is mixed through.
  4. Let it sit then for about 5 minutes, so the chia seeds start the swelling process.
  5. Pour mixture evenly into 3 3/4 - 1 C capacity jars, (each jar will end up with about 1/2 C of the chia mixture once it has swollen and set).
  6. Let jars sit several hours or overnight in the fridge before eating.
  7. You can then go for it with toppings. I like to add some Greek yoghurt and berries or some coconut, bananas and berries. You could sprinkle some cacao too if you like - endless possibilities!

chia-pods-raw-web This is it straight up …you can add whatever toppings you like

I’m not the only one sprouting off about chia pods.  My blogging course friend Lucy at Play Bake Smile posted this delicious recipe for Vanilla Berry Chia Pods check those ones out too, very yummy.


What do you think?  Will you give chia pods a go?



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2 comments on “Chia Pods – do you? Will you? Come on a health kick with me and let’s try

  1. Pip
    August 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Vicki,

    Do you think these Chia Pods work with rice milk?

    They look fabulous!

    • Vicki
      August 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Yes – any milk will do, coconut or even water. You can do the same thing with rolled oats too. x

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