Every now and then, I get a wild hare and decide to start experimenting in the kitchen. We’ve been trying a lot of new recipes since starting the Trim Healthy Mama meal plan, and most of them are a huge success.
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One that we’ve been loving in particular is chia pudding. I originally made a version out of the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook that I was secretly eating for dessert. Then, my kids found it and I let them have some for breakfast.
They liked it, but honestly didn’t love it. We’re still mostly at the stage where chocolate should taste like a Hershey bar, and this most certainly did not. Still, I loved having something fast and easy on hand for their breakfasts, so I got to work making up my own recipes.
This vanilla-spice variety ended up being a huge hit.
Honestly, I amazed myself with this recipe. It’s thick and filling, and pairs really well with just about any topping! My kids love it with fresh blueberries or chopped bananas for breakfast. I’m a huge fan of it as an afternoon snack with some coffee.
Vanilla-Spice Chia Pudding
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Pyure organic stevia
- 1 tsp cinnamon (You can also add nutmeg, but we’re not fans)
Take all of these ingredients and mix them up in a big bowl. Keep in mind that the chia will grow, so make sure there’s room! Once it’s all mixed, I just cover it and put it in the fridge overnight. Some recipes say it only takes 20 minutes, but I find that leaving it in there longer makes it thicken up even more.
This pudding is really good plain, or with your favorite fruit mixed in. If you’re not trying to eat dairy free, a small scoop of Dannon Triple Zero Vanilla yogurt is amazing on top!
Can you tell I’m a huge fan of easy recipes? I don’t like a lot of steps or special ingredients, so this chia pudding is right up my alley! I can whip up a batch really quick while my kids are telling me about their day and asking 10,000 questions, and I don’t have to stress about messing it up. Those are the best kinds, aren’t they?!
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