Chia and Flaxseed Pudding


Chia and flaxseed pudding is a low-carb, high-fiber breakfast or snack that requires only 4 ingredients and can be prepared overnight. If you enjoy overnight oats, but you are looking to change it up, this is the perfect alternative. With a creamy and satisfying texture, this versatile pudding is easy to make and packed with nutrients. It’s a vegan, simple and filling option for busy mornings, serving as a great base for adding your favorite toppings. Whether you’re looking for a plant-based protein boost or a source of healthy fats, this easily customizable pudding is a delicious and nutritious way to start your day or satisfy your afternoon cravings. Make it ahead of time and enjoy the convenience of a healthy grab-and-go snack!

Why You’ll Love This Pudding

It’s so easy to make!

This chia and flaxseed pudding is a delicious and nutrient-dense breakfast or snack.

It’s a fun way to switch it up from overnight oats.

This pudding is easily made gluten free and dairy free.

It can be customized with a variety of toppings!

This chia and flaxseed pudding is delicious served cold or warm.

It is also surprisingly filling!

Chia Seed Benefits

Chia seeds have a variety of benefits!

High in fiber: Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood pressure, all contributing to better heart health.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Combination of soluble and insoluble fiber: Chia seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which work together to promote digestive health. Soluble fiber slows down digestion, keeping you feeling fuller for longer and regulating blood sugar levels. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool, promoting regularity and preventing constipation.

Prebiotic properties: Chia seeds are a good source of prebiotics, which feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, contributing to a healthy gut microbiome.

Flaxseed Benefits

High in fiber: Similar to chia seeds, flaxseeds are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which contribute to lower cholesterol levels and reduced risk of heart disease.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Flaxseeds are an even richer source of omega-3 fatty acids than chia seeds, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which plays a key role in heart health.

May help lower blood pressure: Studies suggest that flaxseeds may have a modest blood pressure-lowering effect, further reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Improved regularity: The high fiber content in flaxseeds promotes regular bowel movements and helps prevent constipation.

Healthy gut microbiome: Flaxseeds contain lignans, which have prebiotic properties and contribute to a healthy gut microbiota.

What Do Chia Seeds Taste Like?

Chia seeds have a very mild and subtle flavor, often described as slightly nutty. Some people compare the taste to alfalfa sprouts or poppy seeds. Their lack of a strong flavor makes them incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate into a variety of sweet and savory dishes without overwhelming the other flavors.

What Do Flaxseeds Taste Like?

Flaxseeds have a mild, nutty flavor that is often described as similar to sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. However, the taste can vary slightly depending on the type of flaxseed.

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this chia and flaxseed pudding is a container and a whisk.

Ingredients Needed

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds have the unique ability to absorb liquids and form a gel-like consistency when soaked, which makes them the perfect base for a healthy and delicious pudding.

Flaxseeds: When soaked in liquid, flaxseeds release a gel-like substance called mucilage. This mucilage acts as a natural thickener, giving the pudding a smooth and creamy texture without any added thickeners or stabilizers.

Plant-Based Milk: I like to use coconut milk or almond milk here! Feel free to use any type of milk you enjoy.

Vanilla: I like to add vanilla extract to my pudding for some extra flavor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Combine all ingredients in your container, beginning with the chia and flaxseeds first. Whisk until combined.

Step 3: Store in the refrigerator overnight.

Storage

Chia pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It makes an incredible breakfast meal prep for the week! I like to eat it cold for most of the year and heat it up in the winter!

Variations

Add cinnamon to your chia and flaxseed pudding for a delicious flavor!

Mix it up by adding some fruit for a fun twist!

Try out pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and a pinch of ginger for a seasonal twist.

Add a teaspoon of matcha powder for an earthy and slightly sweet flavor.

Include some coffee for a caffeine boost and added flavor.

Toppings

The topping options are honesty endless. Here are some ideas:

Fruit: Try topping your pudding with strawberries, blueberries, mango or banana.

Granola: Add a crunch with some granola!

Nut Butter: Drizzle your pudding with some nut butter.

Sweeteners: Try adding honey or maple syrup!

How to Serve

This chia and flaxseed pudding can be served either cold or warm. I love eating it warm in the colder months! My favorite way to eat it is with some blueberries, honey and sunflower butter. It gives melty PB&J vibes.

Add your toppings just before serving to prevent it from getting soggy!

Recipe FAQ

Is it ok to eat chia seeds and flax seeds together? 

Yes! This chia and flaxseed pudding recipe includes both.

Is chia seed pudding healthy?

Chia seed pudding has a variety of health benefits!

How long does the pudding last? 

You can store this chia and flaxseed pudding in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Is chia and flax pudding vegan?

Yes, it is vegan if you use plant-based milk.

Is chia and flax pudding gluten free?

Yes, this pudding is gluten free!

Why is my chia flax pudding runny?

If your pudding is runny, you may have added too much liquid.

What if my pudding is too thick?

If your chia and flaxseed pudding is too thick, try adding some extra milk.

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these delicious and healthy recipes next:

Harvest Bowl

Vanilla Matcha Latte

Nourish Bowl

AB&J Stuffed Dates

Homemade Cashew Granola

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Chia and Flaxseed Pudding

Chia and flaxseed pudding is a low-carb, high-fiber breakfast or snack that requires only 4 ingredients and can be prepared overnight. If you enjoy overnight oats, but you are looking to change it up, this is the perfect alternative.
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack, Snacks
Keyword: breakfast, chia, flaxseed, pudding
Servings: 4
Calories: 190kcal

Equipment

  • 1 container
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 2 cups plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Combine all ingredients in your container, beginning with the chia and flaxseeds first. Whisk until combined.
  • Store in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 2mg
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