This maple vanilla chia pudding is an easy, delicious way to start your morning. It's vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and you can take a jar on-the-go for a quick breakfast or snack.
Chia pudding is the OG meal prep breakfast. It couldn't be easier to throw together, and you can customize the flavor and toppings to your heart's content.
This maple-sweetened vanilla chia pudding is a go-to in our house. We always have the necessary ingredients on hand, and it's just sweet enough to taste great at any time of day.
The general ratio for chia pudding is 1 cup of milk to ¼ cup of chia seeds. You can use whatever kind of milk you'd like. We typically choose almond or cashew milk, but you can also use oat milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc.
Black chia seeds are most widely available, but some people prefer white chia seeds. There's no nutritional difference between the two - just color!
You should be able to find chia seeds at most grocery stores these days. If all else fails, you can always order online. We usually order in bulk because we go through them so quickly!
One tablespoon of maple syrup is plenty enough to sweeten the entire batch. You can always add more if you'd like, or leave it out altogether. The quantity of sweetener won't much affect the texture.
We use vanilla bean paste in our recipe, but I won't lie - it's pretty ridiculously expensive. Vanilla prices have skyrocketed in the last few years due to a combination of increased demand, extreme weather conditions and the difficulty of practices used to harvest vanilla beans.
We always keep a huge jug of vanilla bean paste in our pantry, but you can always substitute with regular vanilla extract. I have to say - it might be worth the splurge if you bake often. Vanilla bean paste is SO good!
When it comes to toppings, I usually keep things pretty simple with fresh berries and granola for texture. Occasionally, I'll add in some nut butter (almond butter would be great with this). It's totally up to you - feel free to add coconut flakes, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, etc.
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This maple vanilla chia pudding is an easy, delicious way to start your morning. It's vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and you can take a jar on-the-go for a quick breakfast or snack. The topping possibilities are endless - fresh fruit, granola, coconut, nut butter, or whatever else your heart desires!
- 1 cup nondairy milk of choice
- ¼ cup black chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- Pinch fine salt
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk again as chia seeds start to absorb the liquid.
- Place in refrigerator and let thicken for at least 30 minutes (preferably 2 hours).
- Transfer to on-the-go container (optional) and top with fresh berries and granola. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: No cook
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 Pudding
- Calories: 386
- Sugar: 12.9 g
- Sodium: 2523.6 mg
- Fat: 20.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
- Trans Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 39.6 g
- Fiber: 19.5 g
- Protein: 11 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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