Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

I have a great breakfast recipe to share with you today!! Chia seed pudding!! Chia seeds have been a pretty big trend this past year. I love chia seeds. I always have a bag on hand to throw into pretty much recipe I can include it in. Usually that's smoothies! I tried making chia seed pudding a few years ago but it wasn't very successful. Recently I decided to try it again and I'm obsessed!! I realized what I had been doing wrong and I'm here to give you a fool proof guide to a great breakfast!

Chia seeds are so great because of how filling they are! That is so important in a breakfast food for me, because ya girl gets hungry!! I usually make it at night for the next morning which is perfect for busy mornings, but it can also be ready in to eat in less than an hour! This recipe makes two servings for my breakfast, but can easily be a single serving also! Another idea is to prepare a big bowl at the beginning of the week to enjoy all week long!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Chia seeds 

1 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk which is my favorite for this recipe but there are so many options!)

2 tsp vanilla extract (you can also try almond extract)

2 tbsp honey (can also sub in maple syrup, agave)

Toppings (dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc)

Steps:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or container. I think a container that has a tight lid is the best option because it really seals in the air which helps the thickening and storing process.
  • Next whisk the mixture for a minute. I usually use a fork.  You can already tell in the image below that the pudding is thickening.
  • Next let the pudding sit for about 5 minutes. Then mix the pudding one more time to get all the lumps out before sealing it and popping it in the fridge!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what the pudding looks after being in the fridge. You can tell it's a lot thicker than before! If you want to eat the pudding the same day wait at least 35 minutes, but I think it's so great to have your breakfast ready the next morning! 

 

 

 

Now toppings!!!! THE BEST PART. This was my mistake when I first made this pudding a few years ago. I didn't put toppings!! Now by itself the pudding tastes fine, but just doesn't have very much taste even with the vanilla almond milk. My all time favorite toppings are dried fruit. I think the chewy texture pairs so nicely with the pudding and I feel like fruit that's dried has a much more intense flavor than most fresh fruit. 

I've been mixing dried mandarin oranges (from Trader Joes, a little tart and sweet) with dried cranberries because that's what I had in my apartment and I love the combo! I think shredded coconut would also taste delicious and dried blueberries!! I also made a banana and blueberry bowl which was also delicious! 

I hope you try out this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do! There are so many other chia seed recipes and other pudding recipes, so explore your options and step out of your comfort zone!!

Read more about the health benefits of chia seeds in THIS article! 

Hugs,

Sabrina