Need a healthy, hassle-free breakfast idea to simplify your busy morning routine? This no-cook breakfast pudding (featured recently on our Paleo Breakfast Plan) is a perfect solution—it’s quick, delicious and a nutrient powerhouse. With the combination of its ease in preparation and irresistible textures and flavors, this will be your family’s a new prized dish to jump-start the day. Plus, it’s easy to pack into portable containers to take on-the-go!
To whip up a bowl, all you have to do is stir the pudding ingredients together and store in the refrigerator over night. While you sleep, the chia seeds will magically absorb the sweet coconut milk mixture to create a silky, creamy consistency similar to tapioca pudding. All you have to do in the morning is add the topping right before serving and enjoy!
This hearty dish gets its nutritional heft from chia seeds, which are native to Latin America and were once revered by Mayan and Aztec cultures as an energy boosting food. And with good reason! A single serving (two tablespoons) of the super seeds contain about 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Magnesium, a mineral that plays an important role in your body’s energy metabolism. Because this nutrition superstar is also an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants, the seeds may help to control blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and improve cognitive function. What’s more? Chia seeds are a good dairy-free source of calcium and are naturally gluten-free.
Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor. Unlike flaxseeds (another popular super seed) chia seeds do not need to be ground before eaten so they’re also often stirred into smoothies or sprinkled over salads to boost nutrition. You can find them at your local supermarket, but don’t be confused if you come across both black and white seeds. There’s no difference in their taste or nutrient content—the only difference is in their appearance and price. The white seeds are slightly smaller than the black seeds and can be more expensive because they’re not as common to find.
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- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 1 (13.5-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk*
- 6 Tbsp raw honey, divided
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup raw almonds, chopped
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- ½ tsp grated lemon rind (optional)
- Combine chia seeds, coconut milk, ¼ cup water, 2 Tbsp honey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight.
- Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes until golden and fragrant. Divide pudding among 4 serving bowls; top evenly with remaining 4 Tbsp honey, blueberries, lemon rind (if using), and almonds. Stir to blend flavors.
Andrea Kirkland is a Registered Dietitian and culinary expert on a quest to teach people how to make good-for-you food taste amazing. Her passion for healthy cooking began early in life while helping loved ones who followed special diets find ways to make delicious and satisfying meals. She develops weight-management and specialty-diet recipes as part of the eMeals team.