I was on Instagram about a week ago when I noticed a friend posted a picture of her vanilla chia pudding that she’d just made. She’s been eating really healthy, natural foods and I was intrigued what kind of pudding could be so good for you. So, I stalked her down until she gave me the recipe.
Actually, it’s so easy to make that I got the recipe via comments we left each other on her Instagram post!
It uses all natural ingredients, which is what made me want to try it. After reading the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook, and learning that I can make whole wheat cinnamon bread that’s both delicious and healthy, I’ve been finding myself pulled toward these types of healthy recipes — ones that use natural, AKA “real,” ingredients.
I thought my kids would enjoy it as an after school treat — you know, pudding for a snack instead of dessert. Or maybe I’d let them eat it for breakfast. Can you even imagine? Pudding for breakfast?
This vanilla chia pudding is so easy to make too. All you have to do it mix the ingredients (coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon) and pop into the fridge overnight. (I used these 4 oz. mason jars.) This gives the chia seeds time to get to work expanding and thickening the milk mixture. By morning, you’ll have thick, rich, and creamy pudding.
Once you have this version down, you can expand and include mashed banana, fruit, or even COCOA! Whoa! I’m up for that next time!
Here’s the recipe:
- I can coconut milk full fat, not skim
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- In mixing bowl, stir coconut milk, honey, and vanilla
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
- Stir in chia seeds
- Pour into small containers (I used 4 oz. mason jars) and place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours
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