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6 Tasty Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

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Chia seed pudding is one of the healthiest treats out there. Many people love making chia seed pudding because it’s easy, nutritious, tasty, and a healthy dessert or snack. There are also many health benefits of chia seeds.

Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. They’re a healthy fat also high in protein, and help support strong bones. Chia seed pudding recipes are typically vegan. Chia seed pudding is also very filling, so it’s a healthy treat that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied.

Chia seeds expand in your stomach a great amount, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. Because chia seeds expand, you shouldn’t put more than 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in your pudding.

Chia seed pudding will curb your sweet tooth the healthy way, without eating high-calorie cookies or junk food.

Since many of the tastiest chia seed pudding recipes can be made with only 3 or 4 ingredients, you can save on groceries, and make this treat quickly, with very little time or effort. It’s easiest to buy small mason jars to put your chia seed pudding mixture into. 

All you need is 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with about half a cup of the milk of your choice (almond milk, for example) and the sweetener of your choice (such as a mashed banana.) The chia seed pudding will settle in the fridge and turn into a pudding-like consistency as the chia seeds expand in the milk, creating a thick consistency like a pudding

When you make chia seed pudding, you’ll need to stir the chia seeds into the milk and mix it quite well. Then let the mixture settle for about 20 minutes, and stir it again. You have to mix it twice before putting it into the fridge to set, to ensure it becomes a pudding-like consistency. Once your chia seed pudding is well-mixed, you can put it in the fridge. Leave your pudding in the fridge covered in plastic wrap for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Below are 6 delicious and healthy chia seed pudding recipes to try:

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1. Banana Chia Seed Pudding

This 3 ingredient banana chia seed pudding makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert. The riper the banana, the better, as that way it will be sweeter. Banana is a fantastic natural sweetener for chia seed pudding. This simple yet delicious recipe only requires:

1 small banana (half mashed, to go into the pudding, and save half of the banana to top your pudding with sliced banana)
½ cup cashew milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
*Optional 4th ingredient: dash of cinnamon

Once you add your chia seeds to the cashew milk, you’ll want to mash half a banana and mix it into your pudding. Stir the 3 ingredients together (milk, mashed banana and chia seeds) until there are no big clumps and it is relatively smooth. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, then stir it again, place plastic wrap over your pudding, and let it sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

2. Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

Apple cinnamon is a classic flavor combination that is equal parts comforting and delicious. To make this apple cinnamon chia seed pudding, you will need:

½ cup almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons pure organic maple syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup of diced apple
1 tablespoon of toasted pecans, ground into a crumble

You’ll want to mix all of the ingredients together twice (about 20 minute between stirs) before placing it in the fridge, except for the diced apple, which you will top the pudding with rather than mixing it in. Ground pecans can be mixed into the pudding, but you may also want to top your pudding with more ground pecans (along with the diced apples) before you eat it.

3. Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Granola

Vanilla chia seed pudding tastes great with granola on top. To make vanilla chia seed pudding, you’ll need:

1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of organic pure cane sugar (or organic maple syrup)

Once your pudding has been in the fridge overnight or is ready to eat, add 2 tablespoons of your favorite granola on top. You could even add some dried fruit or fresh fruit on top.

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4. Chocolate Pudding

This recipe is for the chocolate pudding lovers out there. In a mason jar, mix cocoa powder with maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add about half a cup of coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix it very well, then let it sit for about 20 minutes. Mix it again, and place plastic wrap over it, then put it in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours. For this recipe, you will need:

¼ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds

5. Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

There are many health benefits of matcha, and matcha powder has a great taste, so that’s why chia seed pudding recipes that contain matcha powder are a great idea. This particular chia seed pudding recipe tastes great topped with vanilla greek yogurt, as an optional topping. For this easy matcha chia seed pudding recipe, you will need:

2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
½ cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons of vanilla greek yogurt 

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

Few flavors go together as well as chocolate and peanut butter. You can even add some raw cacao powder to this chia seed pudding recipe, to make it extra-nutritious. You’ll need to mix all the ingredients together very well, since the peanut butter needs to be well-blended into the milk. To make chocolate peanut butter chia seed pudding, you will need:

1 cup of the milk of your choice
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
2.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of honey

What’s the Optimal Diet for You, Based on Your Genetics?

If you’re curious what types of foods you should be eating, it often depends on your genetics. An at-home DNA test can tell you whether or not you might have food sensitivities such as lactose intolerance, which would indicate that your chia seed pudding recipes should only be made with a non-dairy milk. Your CircleDNA test can also tell you which type of diet plan suits you best, based on your genetics.

Erica Gordon
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Erica Gordon is the Managing Editor and Director of Content at Circle Magazine. Erica majored in Psychology at UBC and has since founded The Babe Report and followed her passion for writing and journalism, with a focus on health and travel writing.
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