This Breakfast Is So Easy, My Young Kids Can Make It Themselves

published Jul 26, 2021
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Chia Pudding
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With more of our lives shifting online — including the ways we learn and socialize — finding activities to unplug can be a challenge. When I hit the screen time wall, I know it’s time to strap on our aprons, pull out the mixing bowls and measuring cups, and get into the kitchen together. My daughters, now both 4, are very different, but they love “cooking” and it’s a good opportunity for me to slow down and enjoy the process as well. Things can get a bit messy, but it’s worth it, since creating with them in the kitchen is about more than just making something tasty. 

Cooking (I use the term loosely, as we tend to stay away from heat sources when working together) teaches children so many great skills:

  • Patience
  • Teamwork
  • Measuring
  • Basic math (including fractions!)
  • Basic reading
  • Order of operations
  • Clean as you go

In order to set ourselves up for success, I like to choose simple recipes with basic ingredients, and no fancy techniques beyond a bit of measuring and stirring. Chia pudding is a favorite in our household, because it’s a snap to put together, there’s no risk of overmixing (kids love to mix!). Plus, when the pudding is done, they get to “decorate” it with colorful, fun, and crunchy toppings. They love the texture and creamy sweetness (it’s dairy-free!), and it’s a nourishing, high-energy pick for breakfast. Kids can help with every step in the process, and feel proud of the results — as a parent and chef, that is an absolute win for me. 

Chia Pudding

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) can

    full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup

    water

  • 1 tablespoon

    maple syrup (plus more if you like)

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup

    chia seeds

  • Optional Toppings: goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, frozen berries, seeds and nuts, whatever you have!

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, water, maple, and vanilla until fully combined.

  2. Slowly whisk in the chia, and continue whisking until no clumps remain.

  3. Transfer the chia to a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours and up to overnight.

  4. Divide chia among bowls, top with optional toppings and enjoy.