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Ten Simple Chia Pudding Ideas to make Breakfast Quick, Easy & Delicious!

August 21, 2018

It's no secret that I LOVE chia pudding!!  And why not? 

 

This simple breakfast has become a staple in my house as there are about a million ways to jazz it up!  All of the recipes here are plant-based and easily made vegan (just sub the honey).  Plus they're all easy, delicious, and really healthy for you.

 

But what are chia seeds?  If you hear chia and immediately start singing that little jingle from the 80's (cue: "ch-ch-ch-chia!!") then you're on the right track!  They do help little fake heads grow great hair.  But these tiny seeds are actually nutrition powerhouses and make a great addition to almost any diet!

 

Chia seed facts:

 

+High in fiber

+High in protein

+Great source of Omega-3's

+High in several key nutrients including: Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Thiamine, Phosphorous, Zinc, Iron, and Potassium

+Good source of antioxidants to help fight free radical damage

+Great for heart health & bone health

+May help reduce blood sugar

+Help reduce inflammation within the body

+Naturally gluten free

+Reduce constipation and help improve GI health

+White and black chia seeds are the exact same nutritionally, so choose whatever one suits you!

 

So as you can see, these little seeds are kind of awesome!  As a side note, they also make a great egg substitute in vegan baking... pretty cool huh?!

 

Chia seeds have loads of benefits, awesome!  Now how do we use these to make easy, healthy breakfasts?

 

Here we're going to look at how to make a simple chia pudding plus how to make simple overnight oats and mix them up!  Why chia and oats?  I for one like variety and I love oats in almost any form.  Having two bases to start from means you have more freedom to try new things! These base recipes on their own are really nutritious, but not too exciting.  I strongly encourage you to use them as a base and grow, experiment, and use your imagination!

 

Base Chia Pudding Recipe:

 

In bowl or glass jar, combine:

-1 cup plant-based milk (I prefer almond or coconut milk)

-1/4 cup chia seeds

-tiny dash pink Himalayan salt

-1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)

 

Mix well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. 

Stir again to remove any lumps.

Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours, though I recommend doing this the night before and allowing it to soak in the fridge overnight to make for a speedy breakfast!

 

Use this base to make one of the suggested recipes below, or simply top with whatever fruit, nuts, seeds, sweeteners, or other toppings you desire and enjoy!

 

Base Overnight Oats Recipe:

 

In bowl or glass jar, combine:

-1 cup milk (I prefer almond or coconut milk)

-1/2 cup rolled oats

-2 Tbsp chia seeds

-tiny dash pink Himalayan salt

-1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)

 

Mix well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. 

Stir again to remove any lumps. 

Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours, though I recommend doing this the night before and allowing it to soak in the fridge overnight to make for a speedy breakfast!

 

Use this base to make one of the suggested recipes below, or simply top with whatever fruit, nuts, seeds, sweeteners, or other toppings you desire and enjoy!

 

Ten Flavour Combos to Make your Chia Pudding and Overnight Oats Come to Life!

 

Note:

Most of these recipes have minimal sweeteners added.  Add more honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener of choice as per your preferences!

Also feel free to add other boosters such as Maca, Spirulina, Acai powder, Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, etc.

 

 

1. Almond Butter, Strawberry & Banana

These additions can be made before or after your base recipe has soaked.

 

Simply mix in:

+1 banana, sliced

+2 Tbsp almond butter

+1-2 Tbsp jam (I love chia jam for this!)

+Dehydrated strawberries to top (optional)

 

 

 

 

 2. Tropical

These additions can be added before or after your base has soaked.

 

Simply add:

+1 banana, sliced

+1/4 cup chopped mango

+1/4 cup chopped pineapple

+1 Tbsp coconut flakes or shredded coconut

 

 

3. Peach Coconut

Add when creating the base recipe:

+1/2 cup chopped peaches 

+1/2 cup shredded coconut

 

+Before serving, may need to stir in an extra 1-2 Tbsp milk depending on how juicy your peaches were.

 

*note: also great with nectarines or plums instead of peaches!

 

 

4. Carrot Cake

Add when creating the base recipe:

+1/2 cup shredded carrot

+1 Tbsp raisins

+1 Tbsp walnut pieces

+1 Tbsp sunflower or pumpkin seeds

+1 Tbsp maple syrup

+1/2 tsp cinnamon

+1/2 tsp nutmeg

 

 

5. Mixed Berry

Add when creating the base recipe:

+1/2 cup frozen berries

+1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey

+1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

 

+Serve with more berries and nuts if desired!

 

 

 

6. Apple Spice

These additions can be added before or after your base has soaked.

 

Simply add:

+1 chopped apple (peeled if desired)

+2 Tbsp raisins

+2 Tbsp chopped pecans

+1 tsp cinnamon

+1/4 tsp all spice

 

*note:  To make this extra decadent, sautée the chopped apple in a pan with some coconut oil and the spices for a few minutes before adding in.  This will soften it and make it extra rich and tasty!

 

 

7. Peanut Butter & Chocolate

These additions can be added before or after your base has soaked.

 

Simply add:

+1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

+2 Tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips

+2 Tbsp peanut butter

+1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

 

8. Matcha

Whisk through when creating the base recipe:

 

+1 1/2 tsp matcha

+2 tsp maple syrup or honey

 

 

 

 

I encourage you to try all of these out!  Mix and match.  Add more of what you like and get rid of what you don't.  And try your own concoctions too!  If you have kids this is a great place to get them involved!  Try some new wacky things and get their (and your) imaginations going.

 

There are a ton of ways to dress up these easy vegan, plant-based breakfast ideas that are fun and delicious.  We've only just scratched the surface here but it's a perfect starting point!

 

Happy Creating!

 

Katie xx

 

 

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