When chia pudding first became popular, I tried it and decided it was not for me. I have a thing with textures. But that day, I gave a spoonful of leftovers to my son, Ryan who was just starting baby led weaning.
Total game changer.
Now I give it to all of my babies. It’s packed with nutrients, a great soft food, and the perfect answer to baby led weaning vs. purees.
Can I give my baby Chia pudding?
Yup! It’s packed with nutrients and appropriate for babies 6 months and older. Since it’s smooth, the choking risk is relatively low. You can serve as if it’s a puree!
I like to put the pudding on preloaded spoons for baby led weaning.
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What are the benefits of chia seeds to baby?
Chia seeds are absolutely packed with nutrients. for such a little thing, you’ll be shocked by this powerhouse. This is what healthline tells us:
- 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in a serving.
- Fats, including coveted omega-3’s
- Calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1, AND vitamin B2.
- Loaded with antioxidants.
If you don’t want to go full on pudding, chia seeds are still a great addition to your baby’s diet. Hydrate them in some kind of liquid and you can add to just about any food. They’re great in yogurt, oatmeal, or even mixed into purees.
We love this brand of chia seeds and store them in the freezer.
Any liquid works here. I used breast milk because I had it in my freezer. But you can use formula or other unsweetened milk like cow’s, almond, cashew, coconut – really anything.
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You can flavor this pretty much however you want. I used 1 cup of frozen cherries and strawberries thawed and blended, but I’ve also used 1 banana mashed.
You can either mash your fruits and have a bit of more texture, OR blend it with the liquid until smooth. I was serving to a 7 month old baby so I simply blended it.
Just be sure to skip honey if you think it needs a sweetener until you baby is at least 12 months old.
How to make Chia Pudding for Babies
The recipe is so easy. Mix together your liquid of choice and your fruit. Blend if desired. Then add in your chia seeds.
Let the mix sit overnight to thicken.
If you want a smooth pudding, plop it into a high speed blender and let it whirl to break up the hydrated chia seeds.
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Chia Pudding for Babies
This chia pudding is nutrient packed and easy to make making it a great meal ro snack for little, growing bodies.
- 1 cup liquid of choice breast milk, formula, cows milk, etc
- 1 cup fruit if frozen, thawed
- .25 cup chia seeds
Combine the milk and fruit. Blend if desired, or mash the fruit.
Stir in the chia seeds.
Allow to sit overnight or at least 6 hours.
If desired, blend one more time until smooth.