If you follow along on my instagram stories — you probably already know I’m a BIG fan of chia seed puddings.
This is mainly because chia seed puddings are:
+ Ridiculously easy to make —
Literally stir together ingredients, chill in fridge, done and done
+ Portable and travel easily —
Perfect for on-the go breakfasts or travel snacks
+ A plant-based option rich in quality protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids —
Which have been shown to reduce inflammation, cholesterol, insulin resistance and belly fat
+ Loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body —
Ultimately promoting youthful skin and that healthy glow
+ Allow for unlimited toppings —
Which let’s be real is my fave feature 🙂
So yeah, chia seed puddings are my jam right now. Especially in the summer when they double as a refreshing treat or cool dessert.
While they can be tough to screw up, I’ve come up with a foolproof formula for a chia seed pudding base you can use, as well as superfood toppings and add-in’s that will optimize the health benefits (instead of detracting from it). These ingredients also amp up the taste, because food should not only make you feel good but taste good too.
This Foolproof Chia Seed Pudding Parfait Formula (+ superfood flavor enhancers & optimizing toppings) makes whipping up breakfast or a sweet treat ridiculously easy, tasty and nutrient-dense to boot. It’s also a portable option that travels well for busy days and summer trips.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: entree, snack, dessert
For The Chia Seed Pudding Base:
1 can (approximately 1 1/2 cups) unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk (I prefer this brand)
1/2 cup chia seeds
2-4 tbsp maple syrup (depends on how sweet you like it)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
For The Superfood Flavor Enhancers + Add-In’s:
To Make A Superfood Chocolate Version — add in 1/4 cup cacao powder to the base (+ 2-3 drops pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil for a chocolate chip mint option!)
To Make An Anti-Inflammatory Golden Turmeric Version — add in in 2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/8 tsp black pepper to the base
To Make A Stress-Reducing Lavender Version — add in 2-3 drops pure therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to the base
To Make A Clarity & Energy Boosting Matcha Version — add in 2 tsp matcha powder to the base
To Make A Detoxifying + Digestion-Boosting Mint Version — add in 2 tsp spirulina or chlorella + 2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
To Balance Hormones + Boost Mood — try adding in 1 tsp of maca, ashwaganda, reishi, tocos or mesquite powder to the base
To make the chia seed pudding base, whisk together coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup and sea salt together in a bowl until well combined (along with any other flavor add-in’s you want to use). Once combined, stir in the chia seeds, until everything is well mixed.
Keep bowl in the fridge to chill and harden. This will take a minimum of 2 hours but for best results do so overnight.
Scoop out 1/4-1/2 cup of mixture and add desired toppings