This vanilla chia pudding is a vegan chia pudding made with almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut yogurt, and fresh fruit. It’s perfect for a healthy breakfast, and can be also served as a lovely dessert.
I remember the first time I had chia pudding. That was a few years ago when my sister made it at home and offered me to try, I remember being a bit skeptical in the beginning because the texture looked slimey and maybe a bit strange. But after I tried it, I actually fell in love with the texture and all the flavours that were added to the pudding.
And knowing that there are great health benefits to the chia pudding, I was a total convert! Now I always have some chia pudding in my fridge as I like to add it to my morning porridge as a topping. I also serve it as dessert with homemade fruit compote, and my 3 year old daughter LOVES it!
VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
Chia pudding can be made plain, but I like to add flavours. I think it’s fun to switch up the flavours every once in a while, and feel as if I’m having a new pot of goodness every time. I also love adding seasonal ingredients to my food, and the topping options for chia puddings are endless.
However, adding vanilla to chia pudding takes the pudding to a whole next level. They just go so well together, and the vanilla definitely makes the chia pudding taste like dessert.
To add vanilla flavour, you could either use vanilla extract or scrape out vanilla beans straight from the pods.
CHIA PUDDING RATIO
The ratio that I think works best is 1:8, which is 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 8 tabslespoons of almond milk. Or 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 1/2 cup of almond milk.
Now the ratio depends on your liking, but I like my chia pudding thick and nice. Not too thick, just right! You could add more liquid to the chia seeds, but the gel will take ages to form and your pudding might be too watery.
HOW TO MAKE CHIA PUDDING
I like to make my chia pudding to be left in the fridge overnight to set. But if you don’t have time, then you could make it just an hour in advance.
Step 1. Place the chia, your liquid (I normally use a plant based milk), and vanilla extract in a container or a glass jar.
Step 2. Shake shake shake!
Step 3. Leave it covered in the container, and leave in the fridge for an hour minimum or overnight. It helps if you’re around, and shake the container every once in a while (1-2 hours). Leave the pudding to set and enjoy!
FOR HOW LONG THE CHIA PUDDING CAN STAY IN THE FRIDGE
As I mentioned before, I like to make chia pudding to last me a few days as I like to top my porridge with chia pudding. So I tend to make a fairly big batch and leave it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
WHAT TO SERVE CHIA PUDDING WITH
- You could take a bowl and enjoy chia pudding with seasonal fruits and granola on top.
- You could make chia pudding pots (same as in this picture) and create layers. Layer with healthy jam, smoothie, yogurts, fruits and anything that your heart desires.
- Use it as a topping on porridge.
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Vanilla Chia Pudding
This vanilla chia pudding is a vegan chia pudding made with almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut yogurt, and fresh fruit. It's perfect for a healthy breakfast, and can be also served as a lovely dessert.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 16 tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Place chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a container or a glass jar.
Shake shake shake!
Leave it covered in the container, and leave in the fridge for an hour minimum or overnight. It helps if you're around, and shake the container every once in a while (1-2 hours). Leave the pudding to set and enjoy!