This easy vegan, gluten-free Vanilla Chia Pudding makes a healthy, high-fibre and delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.
Have you ever tried chia pudding? If you haven’t, you’re in for a [super nutritious] treat!
If you’ve read my blog post all about seeds then you’ll know that I’m a big fan of chia seeds. As a dietitian, I get pretty excited foods that pack a nutritional punch. Especially versatile ones that can be added to just about anything – allowing us to have fun and get creative with said food. Well, chia seeds do that for me.
Chia seeds are a great source of fibre and healthy fat and just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds are packed with 11g of fibre, 4g of plant-based protein and 117mg of calcium. Due to their soluble fibre content, chia seeds have a “gelling” or thickening property because they can absorb water. Fun fact: their outer shell has the ability to absorb over 10x their weight in liquid. As a result, when we mix them with a liquid like milk, it thickens up and creates a pudding-like consistency. This is why I love chia seeds in my overnight oats and why they make such a great healthy pudding, and who doesn’t love a good pudding? Bonus: this chia seed pudding is gluten-free, vegan and nut-free (as long as you don’t add any!) so just about anyone can enjoy it!
Making chia pudding is easy as pie – or should I say easy as pudding? It takes less than 5 minutes to mix everything together and then you just leave it in the fridge for a couple hours (or overnight) to let the chia seeds do their thing. The result is a creamy, sweet pudding-like dish that can be enjoyed as breakfast to fuel your day or as a snack or dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and nourish your body with all that good stuff mentioned above.
Personally, I eat my chia pudding for breakfast on days where I need something quick and on-the-go. I also love it as a satisfying afternoon snack when that 3pm craving strikes and I’m in the mood for something sweet. You can customize your chia pudding however you like, which is another reason why I love it. I typically go for fruit and nut butter in the mornings and a sprinkle of chocolate chips in the afternoon if it’s my sweet tooth that’s nagging me. Other great toppings include shredded coconut, granola, dried fruit and nuts.
I’m sure with all this talk you’re probably feeling a little hungry now. I am too! So enough with the chit chat, here’s the recipe!
Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 pinch sea salt
- In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Divide into 2 airtight containers or jars and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours or overnight.
- Remove from fridge, add toppings (optional) and serve immediately.