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Chia Seed Pudding with Mango and Blueberry

chia seed pudding recipeI am so not a morning person. I really, really, really want to be, but it does not appear that is in my character to be my best self in the wee hours of the morning. I need time in the morning to wake up, even after I have been out of bed for awhile. I like my days to start slowly. Which is kind of funny because I live in a house of early risers that are ready to go the moment their eyes open. I like to head downstairs, watch a little Today show, and after about 20 minutes, I am okay to start the day. I am very lucky that my husband feeds the kids breakfast before he heads to work, so I am only responsible for feeding myself. In my half-awake state it is highly unlikely that I would a.) make myself a breakfast that involved much effort and b.) do dishes.

For many years, I popped open a can of Diet Coke and called it breakfast. If I was really feeling it, I might eat a handful of dry cereal. We all know that is not the way to nurture ourselves and begin the day on the right footing. We need to fuel our bodies and give it the energy that it needs to face the most likely insane day ahead. I have learned that you really don’t need to spend a lot of time to eat a healthy breakfast. I do like a green juice in the morning. If you would have told me a year ago that I would begin to crave kale in juice form any time of day, I would have laughed at you. But I do. I love it. I feel brighter, more energized, and it does amazing things for my skin. Avocado on toast is another great breakfast. Once I realized how good I felt by starting the day with a healthy breakfast, I made it a priority.

When my husband and I have the rare morning alone we like to go to Le Pain Quotidien. The last time we were there, the women sitting next to me had the most gorgeous breakfast parfait I have ever seen. It was a chia seed pudding with mango puree on the bottom and fresh fruit on top. I was envious of her breakfast because it looked like dessert. I went home and found out that chia seed pudding is just about the easiest thing to make, and it is the perfect make ahead breakfast. In fact, it has to be made ahead of time so the chia seeds can expand. The pudding lasts in the fridge for 3 days, so you can just grab it and go.

Chia seeds (yup, the little seeds that make a chia pet grow) are full of fiber, protein, calcium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. They expand in liquid and can be used in smoothies or added to cereals. You can also use them raw and sprinkle them on yogurt or anything really. They have a very neutral flavor, so you can add them to just about anything. Store them in the fridge to expand their shelf life. I don’t drink dairy, so I prefer to use almond milk, but you could use regular milk if you like.

chia seed pudding recipe2 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
3 Tablespoons raw honey
1/2 cup chia seeds
zest from one orange
blueberries
mango
shredded coconut

chia seed pudding recipePour the almond milk into a 1-quart mason jar, or a jar with a tight fitting lid. Add chia seeds.

chia seed pudding recipeAdd honey.

chia seed pudding recipeAnd the orange zest.

chia seed pudding recipeScrew on the lid and shake well. Keep in the fridge until very thick and pudding like, preferably overnight. I like to give it a shake every now and again.

chia seed pudding recipeYou can add whatever fresh fruit you have. I had mangoes and blueberries, so that is what I used.

chia seed pudding recipeAdd fruit and shredded coconut before serving.

chia seed pudding recipe
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Chia Seed Pudding with Mango and Blueberry


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • zest from one orange
  • blueberries
  • mango
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Pour the almond milk into a 1-quart mason jar, or a jar with a tight fitting lid. Add chia seeds. Add honey and orange zest. Screw on the lid and shake well. Keep in the fridge until very thick and pudding like, preferably overnight. I like to give it a shake every now and again. Add fruit and shredded coconut before serving.

Disclosure: I am being paid by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze for this post.ย  I am compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Tieghan Gerard

    May 7th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    YUM!! Love the mangos and blueberries!

  2. elise

    May 7th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    We love chia seeds. I cannot wait to try this one!

  3. steph@stephsbitebybite

    May 7th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I’ve been wanting to make chia pudding fir a long time! this looks great

  4. Emily ~SoDomesticated~

    May 7th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have never tried Chia seeds…. very curious about this ingredient… definitely going to have to try them!

    We are trying to incorporate healthy ingredients in our home. For a fast and filling breakfast I love to eat a toasted piece of dark rye bread with 1 T. almond butter spread on top, and 1 banana sliced on the almond butter ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Chia seeds are so good for you, so many Omega 3s. And they taste really neutral. Easy to blend into a smoothie.

  6. Jessica

    May 7th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    The first time I made Chia pudding it was great, it made pudding. Lately it has been not setting up right. Have they been messing with our Chia seeds now that they got us addicted? For now I mix them in oatmeal and toasted coconut chips from Trader Joes, add some almond milk and yum – breakfast fit for a race horse!

  7. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I am obsessed with the coconut chips from TJs.

  8. Carrie Rowe

    May 7th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’m so excited to try this!!!

  9. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I hope you love it!

  10. molly yeh

    May 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    i saw chia seeds at the store this morning and alllllmost bought them. i think i must head back to the store now and actually get them. and isn’t le pain THE BEST?

  11. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Yes it is, we love going there.

  12. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    May 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    That sounds really amazing! I love adding chia seeds to my smoothies ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Me too! They are so good for you!

  14. Colleen

    May 7th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I have never had Chia seeds…I am going to give it a try. Two questions, does it have to be raw honey (or what is the real difference)? And, did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    Thanks for the idea!

  15. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Raw honey is not processed and has more health benefits. I used sweetened, but only because that is what I had.

  16. Mary

    May 7th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I love this flavor combination idea! I make something similar except I use greek yogurt too. I would love to try yours! The blueberry, mango & coconut is right up my alley!

  17. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I love that combo too.

  18. Cindy Groshko

    May 8th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love reading comments but am saddened by comments made without trying the recipe. With that said, I tried this one and it was FABULOUS!!!! My picky, “I don’t have time to eat breakfast” husband LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe. Nice flavor with or without the extra fruit , we did add the fruit and BAM!!! What a great combination. We will be making this on a regular basis. Thank you for the great recipe and the lovely pictures. 5 stars in this house. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I am so happy to hear this!

  20. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

    May 8th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hahaha, it’s like reading description of myself-so not morning person, I try really hard but I don’t think it will changed any time soon and I function the best after midnight LOL! Your pudding is abosolutley mouthwatering, fantastic pictures

  21. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Me too! I don’t get going until 10pm.

  22. Amelia Winslow

    May 9th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    This is my first time to your blog, and I am so glad I happened upon it. What beautiful photos. This chia pudding looks fantastic! Chia seeds are a favorite of mine so I look forward to trying your version of the pudding.

  23. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Welcome Amelia!

  24. ami@naivecookcooks

    May 9th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    This pudding looks amazing dear!

  25. prince

    May 16th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Bree,

    I’ve never seen this kind of Chia Seed Pudding with Mango and Blueberry and I have never tried Chia seeds that’s why I’m curious about this ingredient. I’m going to have this so I can try it, then I will share it also to my friends.

    I hope I can find Chia Seed here! I really want to try this. Question Is there another brand of Chia seed besides to “Spectrum”?

    Last Question; What if I don’t have also an Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk, Can I use another kind of milk?

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I hope I can try your Chia Seed Pudding with Mango and Blueberry.

    Thanks a lot!

    Prince

  26. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    You can find chia seeds in most grocery stores these days. There are a lot of brands you can use. You can use any kind milk you like.

  27. Stephanie

    May 28th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Used rice milk instead- loved the orange zest to add some depth. Great basic recipe with lots of room to experiment with different milks and sweetners. Gonna try coconut milk one day for a dessert delight!

  28. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Coconut is so good in this!

  29. Erica

    August 2nd, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Bree-
    I’m trying this tonight/tomorrow and I was wondering how many servings this is, assuming I follow your recipe! Lol. I think that one of the biggest problems we face with trying to be healthy is eating too big portions.

    Thanks,
    Erica

  30. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    You can make then whatever portion you would like. But I’d say about 3/4 cup.

  31. Marie Roald

    August 28th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Hi, I’ve never tried anything with Chia seeds so I just have to ask.. will the almond milk and seeds thicken all by themselves? Like.. no stiring or bringing it up to a boil or nothing?

  32. bakedbree

    August 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Yup, they thicken all by themselves. They are magic.

  33. Jan

    February 5th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I tried this recipie last week and despite the comments of “mom what’s growing in the fridge!!!!” The kids hubby and I loved it. I didn’t even need the coconut and fruit! We really liked the fresh flavour the orange zest adds. Just made another batch tonight

  34. bakedbree

    February 6th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hahaha! That’s funny! Glad that they liked it.

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