Because PROTEIN is EVERYWHERE and plants are powerful!Delicious vanilla chia pudding

Yesterday I went for a check up at the doctors and I feel the urge to share some of our chit chat with you:

Nurse: “Make sure you eat lot’s of meat for protein”.

Me: “I don’t eat meat”

Nurse: “Oh right, so where do you get your protein from?”

Me: “Chia seeds”

Nurse: ‘What are they?”

I wont go on and yes, don’t worry I was just being a tad difficult with the whole chia seeds comment. Admittedly, I could have reeled off a whole host of ingredients she’d most likely heard of but I was having a moment and I thought that being a nurse she’d have a bit more of a grasp on non meat protein sources. Of course I explained that I eat a lot of plant based protein and it seemed like her mind was put at ease, albeit with intrigue. She really was a lovely nurse but gee whizz, I just wasn’t expecting that, not from a nurse anyway. I get asked the protein question a lot and it’s hard for me to answer without providing so much information that the other person switches off (what? I’m passionate!). Usually, I go for a simple yet adequate response to this regular question with ‘oh, lot’s of different plant sources’. I’d rather it this way than start a mini powerpoint presentation to preach on how wonderfully abundant protein is within mother nature.Vanilla chia pudding

So this vanilla chia pudding is a celebration of plant based goodness….and protein of course. There are endless fantastic plants that are an excellent source of protein but today I’m picking on chia because of it’s overall amazingness. I really do love the chia seed for it’s versatility and abundant health benefits. Chia really is the seed that just keeps on giving. Check out my post on the the health benefits of this Aztec wonder food and why it’s such a great addition to any diet.Vanilla chia pudding

Vanilla chia pudding is super easy to make and requires just a little pre-soaking before being thrown into the blender for a sweet, creamy and insanely healthy pudding. Great layered with any fruit you want but berries just fit so well and I dressed mine with cocoa nibs because they’re deliciously good for you. The little green sprig is in fact stevia. I cannot believe I found a stevia plant and it was completely by accident and at a builder’s merchants….so random! Of course I’m now looking for any excuse to use fresh stevia and this is one of those!Easiest pudding recipe ever!

Chia really does give good pudding.

So, where do ya get your protein from? Only kidding! No but seriously now, what’s your favourite way to use chia?

Peace, love and acceptance.Chia pudding + spoon ready to go!

Vanilla chia + berry pudding

(Serves 1)

1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
1 banana (I used frozen)
a large handful of raspberries + blueberries
cocoa nibs for dressing

Method:

1. Soak the chia seeds, milk, vanilla, syrup + banana for at least an hour in a mason jar. Soaking overnight is ideal.
2. Empty the contents into a blender + blitz until smooth. You may need to add a little more milk here for a yoghurt like consistency. Taste + adjust sweetness if necessary.
3. Layer a glass bowl or tumbler with the pudding + berries + dress with cocoa nibs or your favourite nuts.

24 Comments on Vanilla Chia + Berry Pudding (Gluten free, Raw + Vegan)

  1. Julia
    October 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh wow this looks like a delicious snack! I love the photography (and food!) on your blog, it’s beautiful 🙂

    Reply
    • Russell
      October 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Julia. If you make the snack, please let us know how it was for you!
      🙂

      Reply
    • Darrel Salaimon
      May 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm (4 months ago)

      Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

      Reply
  2. Margaret
    January 14, 2014 at 2:03 am (3 years ago)

    Can you use normal milk instead of almond milk? If so, what fat content? Thanks!

    Reply
    • admin
      January 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes definitely! In terms of fat content I’d go 1% or higher. Hope you enjoy 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jan
    January 22, 2014 at 12:45 am (3 years ago)

    If you decide to soak the chia seeds, ND milk, etc. mixture overnight, would you soak at room temp or put in the refrigerator?

    Reply
    • Russell
      January 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jan,
      Thanks for the comment.
      I would soak in the refrigerator. Good luck with the recipe, hope you enjoy?!
      🙂

      Reply
  4. Prerna Sood
    February 5, 2014 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

    I was wondering what was the point of soaking a frozen banana overnight- doesn’t it thaw out??

    Reply
    • admin
      February 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello! I purely place everything in the jar and refrigerate so as not to forget anything and to make it quicker for myself in the morning! The banana thaws just fine 🙂

      Reply
      • Prerna Sood
        February 6, 2014 at 4:49 am (3 years ago)

        thanks, I was just wondering if there was any benefit of using a frozen one…

        Reply
  5. admin
    February 6, 2014 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    There are no benefits of using frozen, I just happen to have a lot of frozen banana in my freezer so it works for me! Regular banana would be great too 😉

    Reply
  6. Caress Lowe
    February 12, 2014 at 5:41 am (3 years ago)

    I used lite coconut milk and Stevia to sweeten. Delicious!

    Reply
    • admin
      February 12, 2014 at 11:54 am (3 years ago)

      Hello! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Gina Santamaria
    March 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Is vanilla essence the same thing as vanilla extract for you? I googled it and got conflicting results.

    Reply
    • Russell
      March 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi there, thanks for the question. No, vanilla essence is the manufactured form of the product, the extract is the pure form. However I did in fact use the extract, I must’ve had my scatty head on that day!
      Apologies for any confusion. I wouldn’t touch essence with a barge pole lol!
      😉

      Reply
  8. GT
    September 18, 2014 at 5:03 am (2 years ago)

    What’s the nutritional facts for this recipe?

    Reply
    • admin
      September 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Hello! I’m afraid I don’t calculate nutritional info as all my recipes are super healthy 😉 Thanks, Charlotte

      Reply
    • melisa
      May 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm (3 months ago)

      I calculated this and the pudding is roughly 481 calories

      Reply
  9. Armand Labossiere
    May 9, 2015 at 1:59 am (1 year ago)

    That looks absolutely delicious

    Reply
  10. Lynn
    June 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Can I substitute something else for the banana or leave it out of the recipe? Looks great except for the banana.

    Reply
    • Russell
      June 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm (1 year ago)

      This would work perfectly fine if you left the banana out altogether or replaced with another fruit. Enjoy!

      Reply
  11. Rachael
    June 28, 2015 at 10:41 am (1 year ago)

    Im trying chia seeds for the first time and thought this looked like a great recipe for my sweet tooth! I’ve used chocolate almond milk and omitted the sweeteners except the vanilla.

    Reply
    • Russell
      June 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Rachael, thanks for checking out this recipe of ours. How did it turn out with the chocolate almond milk?
      😉

      Reply

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