Chia seed pudding 3 ways (sugar free, grain free)

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March 16, 2016

Hello there! Happy, happy Wednesday!

When I did my first Whole30 I ate chia seed pudding quite a bit. It wasn’t something I ate on a regular basis, but it was a great way to mix up my breakfast routine. Now that the weather has turned warmer here, I find myself craving something cold and creamy, which makes chia seed pudding an excellent option.

I have made chia pudding many ways, but these are by far my favorite methods. The neat thing about all of these recipes is they contain the same base: 3 tablespoons of chia seeds + 1 cup of almond milk. I typically use my homemade unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any type of milk you’d like. All of the options below are sugar free, dairy free, and grain free.

A few words of advice:

  • Like all other seeds and grains, chia seeds contain phytates which block the absorption of certain nutrients. This is only a concern if you consume the seeds in large quantities. Rinsing the seeds first may help to remove some of this compound.
  • Chia seeds are very high in fiber so you may want to start slowly to see how you do with them. I think you all understand what I mean here. If you find that you cannot tolerate them, don’t eat them.
  • And finally, always check your teeth after eating. Chia seeds get into your teeth like it’s their job. #italwayshappenstome

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Blueberry-banana coconut chia seed pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of frozen wild blueberries (you can use fresh, but I really enjoy them frozen)
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix the chia seeds, milk, and blueberries in a small container.
  2. Add salt and cinnamon.
  3. Stir well and cover.
  4. Store in fridge overnight.
  5. Before serving add your toppings!

Recommended toppings:

  • sliced bananas
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds)

Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding

Banana chocolate chia seed pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ½ frozen sliced banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix the chia seeds, milk, and banana in a small container.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Stir very well and cover.
  4. Store in fridge overnight.
  5. Before serving add your toppings!

Recommended toppings:

  • Chopped walnuts or cashews
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Cocoa nibs

Sweet potato chia pudding

Sweet potato and peanut butter chia seed pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 small cooked sweet potato
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lots of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mash the sweet potato well until there are no lumps.
  2. Mix the chia seeds, milk, sweet potato, peanut butter in a small container.
  3. Add the cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Stir well and cover.
  5. Store in fridge overnight.
  6. Before serving add your toppings!

Recommended toppings:

  • Chopped nuts
  • More cinnamon
  • Banana slices

If you would like to learn more about the surprising benefits and uses of this little superfood, check out this great article by Wellness Mama.

The flavor combinations of chia seed pudding are endless. I would love to hear if you try any of the ones above. If you have any favorites to share, please leave a comment below.

 

 

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