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Chia Pudding

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Hello and happy Monday! If you’re off for Veteran’s Day (which is tomorrow but a lot of places seem to have off today), I envy your life.

I had grand plans to get up and go to boot camp but the 5am alarm came too soon so I opted to sleep until 7:30 instead. I had one of those every-second-planned weekends, which is for some reason (read: introversion) mentally and physically taxing for me so I’m just a little slow to roll today.

Since I didn’t have time to meal prep yesterday, I figured I needed at least one meal of interest to share today so I whipped up my first ever attempt at chia pudding. The result is acceptable but not this-is-so-good-give-me-MORE. So here we go…

Since I’m avoiding sugar at the moment, I didn’t add any sweetener to my pudding, but I suspect a splash of maple syrup would work wonders in here. For right now I could have also added a mashed banana, which I recommend.

In an attempt to go the “extra creamy” route, I worked with a can of light coconut milk for some fat instead of almond milk. For presentation and taste I went with layers of pineapple, oats and some coconut whipped cream.

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I love the coconut cream + pineapple + chia pudding combo. It’s really awesome. My pudding itself though is a little on the overly gelatinous side–I suspect because of the coconut milk I used. Next time I’d just add like half a cup of almond milk to smooth it out a little.

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I’d also like to play with flavors in my next iterations of this… I’m thinking:

  • Peanut butter chocolate – with peanut butter, banana and cocoa powder
  • PB&J – with peanut butter and berries
  • Pumpkin pie – with pumpkin puree and all the necessary spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon)

Simple Chia Pudding

  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cinnamon to taste

Combine all ingredients and let soak overnight. Optional: Serve with fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream.

Are you an eater of chia pudding? If so, how do you make yours super awesome?

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  1. Amy Amy

    I’m not a big fan of the tapioca-style texture chia pudding inevitably produces- if you hate it like me, just blend it in your vitamix before eating and then you’ll have smooth pudding

  2. Courtney Courtney

    This is a little more work, but I like to sweeten chia seed pudding by pureeing 1-3 dates (depending on size) with my almond milk and then soaking the chia seeds overnight. If you want to be lazy (as I often am), I just finely chop the date.

    • Katie Katie

      Thanks! I was thinking about throwing some dates in there… but I was too lazy. 😉

  3. while i adore coconut milk chia pudding, my body does not. i break out in a rash on my arm. so unfortunate.

  4. Never tried chia pudding, but I occasionally mix chia seeds in my oatmeal, and it turns out pretty well. Some people hate the slimey-like chia consistency but I think the only reason I’m ok with it is because I lived off those sugar bomb tapioca puddings as a kid. Ew.

  5. Hannah S. Hannah S.

    I’d love to see a couple “what I ate” posts during No Sugar November. I know that meticulously documenting all of your food isn’t really your thing, but it would be nice motivation for me to keep at it! 🙂

    • Katie Katie

      Will do!

  6. Gotta tell you – I can’t hang with chia pudding. the texture makes me extremely uncomfortable, ha. maybe I just haven’t soaked it long enough, though?

  7. I make little snack-size chia puddings in 4oz Ball jars. (approx 3oz liquid (usually unsweetened almond milk), and 1 Tbsp of chia seeds. Let sit at least overnight). I make a handful at a time, and enjoy them throughout the week with 1 tsp of jam plopped in, and stirred around right before serving.
    I like having it around to enjoy as dessert after dinner, or a mid-afternoon energy-boosting snack. Occasionally I’ll pour two of the minis into a bowl, add some fresh fruit and have that for breakfast.

    • Katie Katie

      I feel as though all the life questions I have you have an answer for, Angie… Want to just live in my extra room so I have instant answers to all things? I can pay you in free access to the cats but that’s about it…

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