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


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