Superfood Blueberry Chia Pudding
Enjoy this delicious, antioxidant- and fibre-rich Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert! Made with only 5 ingredients including frozen blueberries, nutritious chia seeds, milk of your choice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. It takes 5 minutes to prep so it’s an easy and healthy recipe that you can enjoy any time of the year.
If you’re looking to easily add 11 grams of fibre and powerful antioxidants to your day, you have to try this Blueberry Chia Pudding recipe.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that I love my chia seed recipes. Especially chia seed pudding. From the classic Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding, to Blended Chocolate Chia Pudding, and even creamy Banana Chia Pudding, I’m a big fan.
Chia seeds are chalk-full of soluble fibre, a great source of healthy fats (including omega-3s), and a plant-based source of important micronutrients like calcium and iron.
Then, when we pair them with a ‘superfood’ like blueberries, we add even more fibre, as well as antioxidants that can help fend off cell damage and the development of chronic disease.
Oh, and did I mention the combination is delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare? So really…why wouldn’t you want to try this recipe?
What Makes Blueberry Chia Pudding so Healthy?
As you may have noticed, the title of this recipe is Superfood Blueberry Chia Pudding. So what makes a ‘superfood’?
To be real with you, the term superfood is pretty subjective. But basically, it’s a food that offers powerful health benefits. Like both blueberries and chia seeds! Let’s take a look at both of them:
- Chia seeds: I like to refer to them as little nutrition powerhouses, because although they’re small, chia seeds offer big nutrition. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds offers approximately 10 grams of dietary fibre, 6 grams of polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids), 6 grams of plant-based protein, 24% of the daily value (DV) for magnesium, and 10% DV for both calcium and iron. And guess what? In each serving of this blueberry chia pudding, you get all of this!
- Blueberries: Blueberries are a well-recognized ‘superfood’. 1 cup of blueberries offers approximately 4 grams of dietary fibre, zero added sugars (they’re sweet naturally!), and a host of vitamins and minerals like heart-healthy vitamin K, immune-supporting vitamin C, and manganese. They’re also rich in flavonoids, which are known for their powerful antioxidant properties.
Tips for Making Chia Seed Pudding:
Chia seed pudding works because chia seeds are capable of absorbing 10 times their weight in liquid. When we combine them with a liquid like water or milk, they soak it up, creating a creamy, jelly, pudding-like consistency.
So, really, to make chia pudding all you really need is chia seeds and a liquid. In this Chia Seed Blueberry Pudding recipe, we then add blueberries, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to make it taste good. And it only takes 5 minutes to whip together!
Once everything is mixed together, the hardest part really is just letting it set. The chia pudding mixture requires at least 2 hours for the chia seeds to soak up the liquid and form the pudding.
Personally, I like to prep my chia pudding the night before, and let it sit in the fridge for 8+ hours. You may need to give it a stir or two within that time to make sure everything mixes together well.
The recipe below makes 2 servings. If you are making this recipe for meal prep, feel free to double or triple it as it will keep in the fridge up to 5 days.
Easy Ingredient/Substitution Suggestions:
- Make it Vegan: This recipe is naturally gluten-free. To make it vegan, just make sure to use a plant-based liquid like almond or soy milk.
- Make it High Protein: Using a higher protein milk like dairy or soy milk in this recipe renders 8 grams of protein per serving of Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding. To add more, feel free to stir in a scoop of vanilla or unflavoured protein powder when mixing everything together. Or, add protein-rich toppings when serving, like peanut or almond butter, hemp seeds, greek yogurt, or nuts.
- Topping Ideas: I love adding toppings to this chia pudding, like peanut butter, granola, extra blueberries, or a spoonful of greek yogurt.
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Superfood Blueberry Chia Pudding
- Add chia seeds, milk of your choice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a small mixing bowl or container. Whisk to combine.
- Stir in frozen (or fresh) blueberries.
- Cover, and let the mixture set in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. For best results, I prefer to let it sit overnight.
- Remove from the fridge, give the chia pudding a good stir, and then serve with your desired toppings.