Bored of Chia Pudding? Try Golden Flax Seed Pudding
When you get bored of Chia Pudding, try something new. Try Golden Flax Seed Pudding! Actually, this is not really something new, you’ll find quite a lot of recipes when you google the term “flax pudding”; but I wanted to give it a special twist by using golden flax seeds instead of brown. And I wanted to make something healthy even more beneficial by soaking the golden flax seeds in golden milk, an anti-inflammatory magic bullet, made of plant-based milk and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper.
Why using flax seeds instead of chia seeds?
- Flax seeds are less expensive – they cost only half as much as chia seeds.
- Flax seeds are an excellent source of Lignans – a phytonutrient known to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Flax seeds are native to many countries, whereas chia seeds are primarily grown in South America and travel around the world before they end up in your breakfast bowl. Local products are always better for our environment.
To prepare flax seed pudding, you are soaking your flax seeds in liquid as you would prepare chia pudding. For this recipe, I am using Golden Milk. That’s where the golden color of this flax pudding is coming from! To prepare Golden Milk, you can use a store-bought spice mix or just make your own. There is really not much difference in the taste of both and making your own spice mix is inexpensive and you’ll probably already have all you need in your spice cabinet. Here is the recipe that I use:
Golden Milk Spice Mix for Golden Flax Seed Pudding (yields 8 cups)
4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp vanilla bean
Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. Mix 1 tsp Golden Milk Spice Mix with 1 cup of hot plant-based milk. I prefer soy milk, but you can use nut milk or oat milk as well. To make it even more creamy, I mixed this Flax Pudding with two tablespoons of coconut yogurt.
Health benefits of turmeric
The yellow pigment of turmeric, called curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant fighting all kind of inflammation. Tumeric is subject to quite a lot of clinical trials, exploring the use for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and the treatment of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few.
There is still so much to learn about this spice but the beneficial effect on overall health is without question. Curcumin is not easily absorbed by our digestive system, but additional spices, especially pepper, increase bioavailability. That’s the reason why black pepper should always be a part of your Golden Milk Spice Mix.
The distinct taste of turmeric can be overwhelming, so make sure to use it with caution and start with a small amount, if you are not used to it. From my personal experience, fresh turmeric is much more appealing to your taste buds and should be used whenever possible.
Flax seeds – whole or ground?
Talking about flax seeds, there is always the question whether to eat them whole or crashed / ground. The bioavailability of Omega-3-fatty acids and Lignans is much better in ground flax seeds whereas whole flax seeds are more beneficial for digestion. Our good bacteria down in our colon need intact food particles to thrive, as Dr. Michael Greger just outlined in his recent article about Why intact Grains are even better than Whole Grains. The same is true for nuts and seeds.
I would recommend eating both – whole flax seeds for a better digestion and ground flax seeds to have better access to phytonutrients and minerals. Flax seeds have the ability to bind ten to fifteen times as much liquid, so don’t forget to drink at least one additional cup of tea or water when you are preparing yourself a Flax Seed Pudding.
It’s hard to believe, but almost all edible flowers are gone now. Only a few roses and a pink mallow are still trying to brave the cold, I almost did not dare to pick them to decorate my Golden Flax Seed Pudding. I stocked up on dried flowers, like cornflowers, violets, and sunflowers.
Edible flowers are more than a pretty decoration, they have health benefits too and I always eat them (that’s one of the most asked questions on my Instagram account). Please note, that most chrysanthemum varities (like the yellow flowers in these pictures) are not edible and should be only used for decoration.
Golden Flax Seed Pudding
- 3/4 cup almond milk or plant milk of choice
- 3/4 tsp golden milk spice mix
- 1 tsp agave or to taste
- 3 tbsp golden flax seeds (whole)
- 2 tbsp coconut yogurt
- 3/4 cup fruits of choice
- edible flowers
- Prepare golden milk according to instructions.
- Mix golden flax seeds with golden milk and soak for 45 to 60 min, stirring every once in a while.
- Mix with 2 tbsp coconut yogurt.
- Sweeten with 1/2 tsp agave.
- Transfer Golden Flax Pudding to a small bowl or jar and top with fruits of choice.
- Decorate with edible flowers.
You can soak your flax seeds as long as you want, even overnight - but you'll have to use more liquid because flax seed pudding can get really sticky.
What’s your favorite way to incorporate flax seeds into your diet? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!