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Mornings can be rough, but this chia seed pudding recipe makes them a little more enjoyable.
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Mornings can be rough, but this chia seed pudding recipe makes them a little more enjoyable.
Chia seed pudding breakfast

My favorite breakfast - chia seed pudding

For most of us, getting up in the morning can be one of the hardest parts of our day. If we successfully manage to get out of our comfortable beds, the last thing we want to do is add "making breakfast" to our to-do list. This is why many people still skip this important meal. 

I have the solution for all of you who don't identify as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning people: A breakfast you can wake up to. A breakfast you can make in your room. Ready for a game-changer? 

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding with chocolate almond butter, banana, and cinnamon.

Chia seed pudding is both delicious and healthy. A breakfast that tastes good, is good for you, and doesn't require any morning prep? That's something we can all appreciate. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and they help keep you fuller longer, so say goodbye to that mid-morning energy crash. 

What You'll Need:

The superfood itself. Photo credit.

The superfood itself. Photo credit.

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate almond butter (or any nut butter you like)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

How to Make It:

This pudding isn't just easy to wake up to, it's simple to make as well. You can make it ahead - which we recommend for the thickest, creamiest texture - or for a thinner pudding, make and eat it in the morning.

Place the chia seeds in a glass/bowl/mason jar and then pour the almond milk over them. Add in your vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir it all together until everything is nicely combined. 

For a thick pudding, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or ideally overnight. If you prefer a thinner pudding, wait a few minutes before eating to allow it to thicken slightly.

When you're ready to eat, add in the sliced banana and place the dollop of almond butter on top.

Variations:

There are so many different variations on chia seed pudding and the great thing is that it's a really customizable breakfast. Here are some other ideas to accommodate all the different taste buds out there:

  • For the chocolate lovers: 100% unsweetened cocoa powder + strawberries/cherries
  • For the kids at heart: Roasted peanut butter + jam (made from real fruit)
  • For the tropical fans: Mango/blueberry + coconut flakes
  • For the fall enthusiasts: Pumpkin puree + pumpkin pie spice
  • For the cozy ones: Maple syrup + walnuts

Ready to Try?

Test this recipe out sometime this week and see what a difference it'll make in your morning routine. I'd love to hear all about how it goes, so leave me a comment if you give it a shot!