This Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding has classic flavors coupled with chia berry jam and berries. It’s nutritious and comes together in just 10 minutes to provide you with a tasty breakfast.
Once upon a time, I told you that I only would eat chia pudding if it was blended, like in this Vegan Banana Almond Chia Seed Pudding. I’m here to tell you that people can change. Perhaps my texture preferences matured, or perhaps it’s the way I made a parfait with chia seed jam and fresh berries. Whatever it is, this recipe works for me without blending! YOU have to try it, too!
So, if you have been on the fence about any recipes with chia, this is a great one to dive into. It’s a lovely, healthy addition to your brunch spread for holidays like Mother’s Day or when you want a quick and tasty breakfast.
- Almond Milk – I like to use unsweetened almond milk because that’s usually what I have on hand. However, you could use any other kind of milk you like.
- Chia Seeds – There is no shortage of nutrients in chia seeds. They are filled with fiber, omega-3, protein, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and more.
- Liquid Stevia – If you don’t want to use stevia, you can swap it for your favorite sweetener.
- Vanilla & Vanilla Bean Paste – The combination of vanilla extract with vanilla bean paste is seriously incredible. Try it, and you’ll see!
- Salt – Sprinkle a dash of salt, and it will bring out the sweetness and flavor from the other ingredients.
- Chia Berry Jam – If you don’t have any chia berry jam, that’s fine; you can actually use any jam you want. It takes it to a whole new level of good and is healthier than traditional jam.
- Fresh Berries – You can use any variety you like. I tend to go with a mixture and combine blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries together.
- Fresh Cherries – There isn’t any substitute for juicy fresh cherries. They are like the icing on the cake.
HOW TO MAKE EASY VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
For the Chia Vanilla Pudding:
1. Combine the almond milk, chia seeds, stevia, vanilla, vanilla bean paste, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for around 2 hours. This will give it a chance to thicken up. Be sure to whisk occasionally.
To Assemble and Serve:
1. Place 2 tablespoons of the Chia Berry Jam into the bottom of two glasses.
2. Carefully divide the chia pudding between the two glasses.
3. Top each glass with a little bit more chia berry jam.
4. Add the fresh berries of your choice on top.
5. Place one cherry in each glass and dig in! Enjoy!
EASY VANILLA CHIA PUDDING FAQS
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER TOPPINGS I CAN ADD?
There are plenty of other options you can add to this vanilla chia pudding recipe. Here are a few ideas to consider.
- In the mood for a crunch? Toss some almonds, pecans, or walnuts on top. They are also a great way to increase your folate, vitamin E, and zinc intake.
- Granola is a great way to add some more nutrients and flavor. Just sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite granola and enjoy. (I love this Lightened up Granola recipe)
- Love anything with coconut? You aren’t alone! Add some unsweetened coconut flakes, and enjoy! For some added fun, toast the coconut before adding it.
- Don’t want to use sweetener? No problem, you can add some pure maple syrup to sweeten it instead. It tastes delicious too. If you aren’t vegan, you can also use honey.
HOW TO SCRAPE A VANILLA BEAN
If you don’t have a lot of experience working with vanilla beans, no worries! It’s actually pretty simple. The first thing you will need to do is cut the vanilla bean using a sharp knife. It needs to be cut in half, and you will have to be gentle. Then you scrape the seeds, and you are all set.
CAN I MAKE VANILLA CHIA PUDDING WITHOUT VANILLA BEAN?
While the chia pudding tastes a whole lot better with the vanilla bean, it is okay to leave it out—double the vanilla extract to get the deeper vanilla flavor.
CAN I MEAL PREP VANILLA CHIA PUDDING?
Sure! You can actually whip up the chia pudding up to 5 days in advance. So, if you need something on hand and ready to go, you can throw together several helpings. Each batch makes 2 pudding cups, so you may only need to double or triple the recipe for the week, depending on your needs.
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