This warm chia pudding recipe is absolutely delicious and so good for you! Made gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and naturally sweetened it’s packed with flavour and fibre and makes a perfect breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert!
Seriously Delicious Warm Chia Pudding
Oh my, oh my. This one is really good my friends! Chia seeds have been popular for a long time now as they made a big comeback in the trending food world in 2015 (ish), and they aren’t going away any time soon which makes me happy because I just love them. They are a very versatile little seed that works in baking, breakfasts, jam, smoothies, dressings, etc. but they also are incredibly nutritious and do wonders for the digestive system. Today I’m sharing a classic chia pudding turned up a big notch. It’s warm chia pudding with warmed berries, cinnamon, caramelized bananas, and the perfect touch of pure maple syrup. Especially during the cooler months, this warm chia pudding recipe is a must-make.
What is Warm Chia Pudding?
First off I’ll start by explaining simply what chia pudding is. Chia pudding is perfect little breakfast, snack, or dessert typically made with a specific ratio of chia seeds to dairy-free milk. When the chia seeds are mixed with the plant milk they expand and develop a gel-like consistency that has the thickness of a “pudding”. Usually added into this pudding mixture is a sweetener of some sort such as honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup, and other ingredients like spices, fruit, coconut, and vanilla. There are literally hundreds of variations of chia pudding and you can find flavour after flavour on Pinterest!
Can you heat chia pudding? Of course! Warm chia pudding is simply chia pudding that is heated in a pot on the stovetop and this actually speeds up the thickening process a bit. Served warm rather than cold it takes on a whole different vibe, like a porridge or oatmeal!
Is Chia Pudding Healthy?
Definitely. Chia pudding made it’s comeback and started “trending” several years ago because it’s touted as a superfood. Chia seeds are a great source of dietary fibre, protein, healthy omega-rich fats, calcium, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals. Healthline explains the many proven health benefits of chia seeds in this article, but mainly chia seeds do wonders for the digestive system by acting like a “chimney sweep” helping push waste and toxins through the digestive system efficiently.
They are great for general digestive issues like constipation as they help promote digestive regularity. Chia seeds also contain tons of antioxidants and have been linked to appetite control as they create a satiating affect and fullness achieved through the intake of less calories. The high amount of healthy omega-rich fats in chia seeds make them also beneficial for nervous system, hair, skin, and nail health!
How To Make Warm Chia Pudding:
The steps to making this dish are really simple and you don’t need very many ingredients at all! Here’s what you’ll do and what you’ll need!
- Add chia seeds, liquid, and sweetener to a small pot
- Mix well with a whisk and let sit for 20 minutes to thicken
- Place pot on the stovetop and heat to medium-high and heat chia pudding stirring continuously
- Stir for 5 minutes or so until a nice thick consistency is achieved
- Add chia pudding to serving bowls and top as desired
Ingredients for Warm Chia Pudding:
- Chia seeds
- Unsweetened almond, oat, or other plant milk of choice
- Vanilla extract
- Pure maple syrup
- Berries (frozen, heated in a saucepan or fresh)
- Bananas (sautéed with cinnamon and maple syrup until soft and browned, or fresh)
- Nuts and seeds of choice
- Cinnamon to sprinkle
This delicious dish is seriously a great breakfast, snack, or dessert (topped with a dollop of dairy free vanilla ice cream!!). It’s healthy, perfectly sweet, and super good for you. Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later and of course, share the love!
Can I store these and eat the next day? Thank you
Hi! I’ve tried and love this recipe, I actually use coconut milk as I can’t have any other replacement milk in my diet and it tastes wonderful!
Thanks Paige! Coconut milk would be delicious!
Can you microwave this instead of stove top?
Hi Corianne, I have not tried. I think the chia seeds need the time on the stovetop to thicken. I’m not sure it would work the same way in the microwave but it’s worth a try!
Hi! What mixed berries did you use? Were they frozen?
Yes, frozen mixed berries!