Hey back packers and car campers! Are you looking for the best no cook camping breakfast on the planet? Have you ever tried chia seed pudding? Not sure what it is? It’s not a chia pet or anything strange. Forget the heavy breakfasts like pancakes, sausage and eggs, and other greasy foods that are going to make your stomach feel like you are carrying a boat anchor in it. Stick to light and healthy breakfasts that require no cooking. This tasty pudding can be put into a sealed stainless steel container and carried on hike. My kids love it so much that we make at home 2-3 times a week. I have an amazing recipe that my wife and I have been tweaking for the last year. It’s not an exact science. If you like your chia pudding super creamy, just add more coconut milk. Breakfast cannot get any easier than chia seed pudding with fresh blackberries or fruit.
Chia seeds are an amazing super food that is grown south of the border in Mexico. People have been eating them for thousands of years with no fanfare. In their most basic form, you would probably never think of eating them. Chia seeds are so tiny that they remind me of the little seeds that I use to plant my lettuce garden.
Chia seeds are very high in omega-3 fatty acids and contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and lots of fiber.. Chia seeds can be eaten raw and can also be ground for use in baked goods such as breads, cakes and muffins.
You can buy chia seeds online from Amazon or from your local Whole Foods grocery store. We buy in bulk from Azure Standard as the price is much better. Kalyx.com sells chia seeds in 55 pound bags at a discounted price. Chia seeds are a great emergency food to have on hand because it’s a food that is easily digestible. Bugs don’t like it either. Not sure why. It has it’s own God given natural bug repellent built in.
The word is out that chia seeds are high omega fatty acids, easily digestible, high in antioxidants, and are a natural supplement for endurance runners because they act as a sponge for water to keep long distance runners hydrated during long runs. The book “Born To Run” has caused people from around the world to interested in this amazing super food.
However, the game changes when you add water to them. Chia seeds by nature are water-phobic which means they love water and will absorb up to 10x their weight in water. In plain English, if you have 1 cup of chia seeds and add 10 cups of water, all the water will be absorbed! When chia seeds absorb water, they remind me of tapioca pudding.
When it becomes this texture, people love to eat these tiny seeds by adding a creamy liquid to the seeds while they are still dry. We add our own home made coconut milk that we make in our Vitamix with dried shredded coconut.
Here is my basic chia seed pudding recipe for camping:
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 1 cup of chia seeds
- 2 cans of organic coconut milk*
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar, maple syrup, or honey
- dash of Redmond salt
- Fresh organic berries or fruit
*If you want to make chia seed pudding at home or have access to a blender while camping, try making your own coconut, almond, or cashew nut milk. Chia seed pudding made with any nut milk tastes fantastic.
Basic Nut Milk Recipe
- 1/4 cup of any seeds or nuts per 8 oz of water. My favorites are shredded coconut, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and hazel nuts.
- Honey, maple syrup, rapadura, or coconut sugar to taste.
- Dash of salt.
Blend until smooth and creamy. I never strain because the fiber is included in the nuts and should be eaten.
Mix everything up until smooth. There will be a few lumps of chia seeds that will eventually absorb water. Let this mixture sit in a cold area for several hours. I like to set my chia seed pudding in a refrigerator or cooler over night because its extra smooth.
Don’t be tempted to make this chia pudding too sweet. Let the natural sweetness of the coconut milk and vanilla come through. I like to add a small amount of stevia and cinnamon to my pudding.
Top your chia seed pudding with fresh cut up fruit like bananas, strawberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines,blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, etc.
This recipe will make enough chia seed pudding to feed a small family for 2 breakfasts. It sure beats eating oatmeal and pancakes. It’s light and very healthy.