PB&J has been a favorite combination for decades. Creamy (or chunky!) peanut butter mixed with a fruity jam is the perfect comfort flavor mix and we’ll take any chance to put it to good use. But what if I told you that a sandwich is not the only way you can delight yourself in this combo? That’s right, this Vegan Chia Pudding is the healthiest possible version of these classic flavors and we think it might make it to the top of your favorites list.
If there was a competition for the healthiest foods on the planet, chia would definitely be one of the finalists and there are plenty of reasons why. Shall we look at a few of those? One of the most sought-after qualities of these little black seeds is their extremely high content of Omega 3 fatty acids, but their wonderful nutritional powers don’t stop there, they are also packed with antioxidants, fiber, and high-quality protein.
If you’re interested in lowering your overall inflammation, your blood sugar levels, and your risk of heart disease, then we highly recommend looking for ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. This delicious Chia Pudding is one way!
Interesting fact: these magical seeds come from a plant with the very fancy name, Salvia Hispanica, and were regulars in the diets of Aztecs and Mayans, it doesn’t get cooler than that!
Storing Your Chia Parfait
Another superpower of this seed is that it swells when paired with liquid and creates a pudding-like consistency, achieved after some resting time of sorts. When preparing chia pudding, which is the base of this chia pudding, you can store it for days in your refrigerator.
Prep the pudding and leave overnight for a quick, nutritious, and delicious breakfast!
The Ingredients and Substitutes
Frozen Strawberries: 2 cups
Sugar: 3 tablespoons
Chia Seeds:½ cup
Plant Milk: 1 cup, vanilla
Pure Maple Syrup: 2 teaspoons
Vanilla Extract:½ teaspoon
Peanut Butter: 4 tablespoons, for garnish.
How to Make Chia Pudding?
Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!
Add the chia seeds, plant milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl and mix well.
Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or overnight.
Place strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to medium heat.
Cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring and mashing the fruit occasionally to combine.
Serve the chilled chia pudding garnished with peanut butter, strawberry compote, and fresh strawberries.
Healthy Chia Topping Ideas
Not a big peanut butter fan, but want to try this recipe? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are a few extra ideas of what to garnish your chia pudding with.
Any kind of nut butter (sunflower, almond, etc)
The great thing about chia pudding is that it is very versatile and allows you to get as creative as you want.
Recipe Notes & Tips
Pop your peanut butter in the microwave to thin out the consistency. Drizzle over the top of the parfait.
If making several chia pudding jars for the week, eat the ones with the fruit (like bananas) first or wait and add the toppings when you are ready to eat them to prevent mushy fruit.
What kind of plant milk should I use? Any plant-based milk will do (coconut, almond, oat, etc). Just make sure it is vanilla for the added flavor.
Can I make the chia pudding ahead of time?Yes! Chia pudding is a perfect meal prep recipe and stores well.
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