Delicious Warm Chia Pudding

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 
  • Cinnamon 

Optional Toppings:

  • 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!

This delicious warm chia pudding is the recipe of all recipes! It’s a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert idea made with almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, caramelized banana, and warm berry compote. Enjoy in a bowl or in mason jars, you’ll love the taste of chia pudding that warms you up from the inside out!

Delicious Warm Chia Pudding

Yield: Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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! 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk or oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds (black, white, or mix)

Quick Caramelized Bananas

  • 1 banana, cut into slices
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Warmed Berries

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a small pot add almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, and chia seeds and whisk vigourously to combine
  2. Set aside and let sit for 20 minutes to thicken.
  3. Once thickened, place pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat and stir continuously to warm throuhout and thicken into a thin pudding consistency.
  4. Remove from heat and prepare bananas and berries if using for toppings.
  5. For the Quick Caramelized Bananas, add the bananas to a sauce pan with the oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon and saute over medium heat until soft and lightly browned about 3 minutes.
  6. For the Warmed Berries, add the frozen berries and maple syrup to a saucepan over high heat and stir and mash until warmed throughout, soft, and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  7. DIvide the warm chia pudding between 2-3 bowls or jars and top with the bananas and berries and a sprinkle of nuts and/or seeds.
  8. Enjoy while warm!

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This delicious warm chia pudding is the recipe of all recipes! It’s a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert idea made with almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, caramelized banana, and warm berry compote. Enjoy in a bowl or in mason jars, you’ll love the taste of chia pudding that warms you up from the inside out!

 

Have a wonderful day!

Christal // NITK

 

 

 

 

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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