Quick & Nutritious Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding
With just a few simple ingredients (including real pumpkin!), this quick and nutritious Pumpkin Chia Pudding takes less than 5 minutes to make and offers healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fibre. Enjoy this healthy fall recipe at breakfast or for a satisfying afternoon snack.
As a Registered Dietitian, chia pudding is one of my favourite healthy breakfast options or meal prep snacks. It’s easy to make, tasty, and chalk-full of good nutrition.
What I also love about chia pudding is how many flavour combinations you can make. From vanilla chia pudding, chocolate chia pudding, mango chia pudding, and now – pumpkin chia pudding!
If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin spice, this is the perfect nourishing fall recipe for you! It’s quick to prepare, requires only simple ingredients, and tastes delicious!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin:
Fun fact: pumpkin is technically a fruit, not a vegetable! From a botanists perspective, fruits are the part of the plant that develops from the flower and bare seeds – which pumpkins do.
Now from a culinary perspective, pumpkins are often considered vegetables because they’re not overly sweet and are prepared most often for savoury dishes like soups and stews.
Regardless of whether you call them a fruit or vegetable, pumpkin is really nutritious! It’s a fantastic source of vitamin A, which supports vision health and may be protective against certain diseases.
Pumpkin is also a source of dietary fibre, which is beneficial for digestion, gut health, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
Besides pumpkin, chia seeds are one of the main ingredients in this healthy pumpkin chia pudding recipe. Chia seeds are tiny, but they pack a nutritional punch.
Per 2 tablespoons, chia seeds offer 10% of our daily recommended fibre intake. And as I mentioned, fibre benefits our health in a variety of ways; like keeping digestion running smoothly, stabilizing blood sugars, and keeping you full for longer.
Chia seeds are also a good source of healthy fats, and a source of plant-based protein, iron, and calcium.
Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding Ingredients:
Here’s are the ingredients you’ll need to gather in order to make this pumpkin spice chia pudding recipe:
- Pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
- Chia seeds, black or white will work
- Milk of your choice (any milk like dairy, soy, almond, cashew, coconut, etc. will work)
- Vanilla extract
- Pure maple syrup
- Pumpkin pie spice
How to Prep and Store Chia Pudding:
Chia pudding is really quick and easy to make, and it sets in the fridge so it makes a great recipe to include in your meal-prep rotation.
To make pumpkin chia pudding, start by whisking pumpkin puree, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl. Then stir in chia seeds.
Once the chia seeds are mixed in and everything is well-combined cover and seal the mixture (either in a bowl or container) and place in the refrigerator to set (minimum of 2 hours, or overnight).
Once the chia pudding is set, you can serve it up with your favourite toppings. I like to add a dollop of whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice!
Store chia pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well up to 5 days.
My Favourite Mixing Bowls
These Pyrex Mixing Bowls are my favourite mixing bowls to use. They come in a set of 3 (small, medium, and large).
- Made of nonporous glass that won’t warp, stain, or absorb odours
- Glass is preheated oven, microwave, fridge, freezer & dishwasher safe
- Lid is BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher safe
Is Chia Pudding Vegan?
Yes! Chia pudding is very easy to make vegan. Just make sure that you are using a plant-based liquid or milk option. All of the other ingredients in this recipe are vegan. This recipe is also gluten-free, too!
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Quick & Nutritious Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling!
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup chia seeds, (learn chia seeds' nutrition benefits)
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, your milk of choice, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Stir in chia seeds, then cover and refrigerate mixture for a minimum of 2 hours, or overnight.
- Add toppings (optional) and serve.