I have certain requirements when it comes to breakfast. Breakfast has to be healthy with enough protein to keep me going until lunch. I often don’t have time to grab a snack between my early morning breakfast and noontime lunch. If I have a sub-par breakfast leaving me hungry between these two meals, look out! In this situation I sometimes, okay, okay, often get hangry. The hunger horns come out and I am not a friendly person to be around. Its for everyone’s best internist that I have a nutritionally packed breakfast. Breakfast also needs to be easy to throw together in the morning. Lazy weekend breakfasts are one of my favorite things in the world, but come weekday mornings I need a quick morning meal. Finally, and probably most important, breakfast needs to be delicious. This Strawberry Peach Chia Pudding meets all of those requirements. It’s packed with great nutrition, easy peasy to throw together, and one hundred percent delicious.
If this is your first time making chia pudding you are in for a treat! The texture is reminiscent of tapioca pudding and the flavor is neutral enough to take on the taste of whatever you mix in. When you first combine all of the ingredients, you may be skeptical. The mixture will be really loose and runny. You might find yourself thinking, “How will this ever turn into pudding.” Trust me on this one. It will work. When chia seeds are soaked in liquid they plump up and create a natural thickener. In a few hours you will have perfect pudding. I make my a batch of chia pudding on Sunday night and it is ready for Monday morning. I will make a few servings worth so that I have breakfast ready and waiting for me each morning in the fridge. All that I have to do is top it with some fruit and nuts and dig on in.
- 1 cup plain coconut milk yogurt OR plain almond milk yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (the kind in the carton, not the can) OR unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 peach, chopped into small cubes
- 5 medium strawberries, chopped into small cubes
- Sliced almonds, extra strawberries, and extra maple syrup for serving
- In a lidded container combine the yogurt, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the chia seeds, making sure there are no clumps. The mixture will be very thin. Place the lid on the container and allow it to set up in the fridge overnight. Stir the mixture again right before you go to bed, if you can. This will insure that your pudding won't have clumps in the morning.
- In the morning give it one last stir and then fold in the fruit, top with sliced almonds, strawberries, and an extra drizzle of maple syrup. Serve and enjoy.
For a nut-free option, top with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds in place of the almonds, or simply omit the nuts