This is pudding is the perfect option when you need a quick and filling breakfast.
Featuring nutrient-rich chia seeds, this creamy porridge is loaded with fiber, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a definite upgrade from traditional breakfast cereals!
Ounce for ounce, chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! These essential fatty acids support heart health, regulate blood sugar, and promote healthy hair, skin and nails. An ounce of chia seeds also contains 18% of your daily calcium needs, which is three times more than skim milk!
Chia pudding recipes often call for soaking the seeds whole, resulting in a tapioca-like texture, but I prefer to blend it all together for a more uniform, creamy porridge. It reminds me of my childhood favorite, Cream of Wheat! Feel free to make a large batch of this pudding over the weekend, then divide it into individual containers to keep in the fridge, for a quick grab-and-go breakfast all week long.
Top with a sliced banana for a delicious and filling meal, that’s properly combined, to boot!
Vanilla Chia Pudding (Vegan)
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until a uniform texture is achieved. Transfer to a sealed container and allow to chill overnight.
Note: If you prefer a tapioca-like texture, simply stir all of the ingredients together and allow to chill overnight. Chia puddings take practice to get the texture “just right,” so feel free to adjust the amount of seeds or liquid to achieve the texture you desire.
Serve with a sliced banana and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until a uniform texture is achieved. Transfer to a sealed container and allow to chill overnight.
- Serve with a sliced banana and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.
A note on chia seeds: I’ve made this porridge with a variety of chia seed brands, but I recommend sticking to organic varieties for best quality! (Trader Joe’s new chia seeds are not labeled as organic, and they taste bitter to me.) Nativas Naturals is a trusted brand, and Whole Foods also carries a 365 brand that I enjoy.
Also, be sure to check with your doctor before regularly adding chia seeds to your diet if you are on any blood sugar or blood pressure regulating medication–> chia seeds naturally help regulate both, and may make your medications too powerful, so your doctor may want to reduce your dosage.
Reader Feedback: Have you tried chia pudding before? Any favorite flavor combos?