There is no tastier way to start your morning than with this chia seed pudding. I know that on busy days, I’m often tempted to skip breakfast. Or, even worse, to grab a donut or pastry instead of a healthier choice. The joy of this delicious chia seed pudding is that you can make it the night before and store it in the refrigerator. It will be ready for you in the morning as you head out the door. All you need to do is top it with the fresh fruit of your choice. I chose pineapple but you could easily do peach, fresh berries, apples, or mango.
Chia seeds are edible seeds that come from a flowering plant that is native to Central America and the southwest United States. They help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. And, chia is quite high in healthy fats and actually has more omega-3s than salmon. They are also very high in anti-oxidants and fiber. Here’s a quick recipe to try!
- 2 cups of milk or non-diary milk (almond, soy, coconut)
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp stevia, honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
- Fresh fruit of your choice
- 1 Mason jar with a lid
You will want to start preparing this chia seed pudding the night before you want to eat it. It should sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 or 3 hours to thicken. I find it’s easiest to start it right before bed, that way it’s ready for me when I wake up in the morning.
- Add the milk or non-dairy milk and the sweetener, vanilla, and the chia seeds to the Mason jar.
- Put the lid on and shake gently to mix the chia seeds with the liquids.
- Put in the refrigerator overnight.
- Shake gently to break up any clumps.
- Top with fresh chopped fruit.
To save even more time in the morning, you can chop the fruit ahead of time and store it in a container with a lid. Then, when the pudding is ready to eat, just add the fresh fruit and you can head out the door.
If you’d like to make this chia pudding as more of a dessert, you can add bananas and chocolate chips to it instead. Either way, this is a delicious way to get more fiber into your diet.