Recipe by Elyse Wellness
As the weather cools down, many of us tend to ditch the cold smoothies in favor of warm, cozy breakfasts instead. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to oatmeal or something like pancakes, this chia seed pudding recipe may be just what you want.
The great thing about chia seed pudding is that it requires very little effort and preparation (it mostly just has to sit overnight), plus there are endless ways to mix up the flavors. You can spice up a simple chia seed pudding with either of our favorite Bone Broth Protein flavors — BBP Salted Caramel or BBP Vanilla, which both provide you with added fall flavor in addition to protein and other nutrients.
Our friend and paid Ancient Nutrition influencer, Amanda Elyse, created this high-protein, low-carb recipe that will get you into the Fall spirit.
Why is chia seed pudding good for you? It ultimately depends on the specific ingredients used in the recipe you’re making.
For example, our chia seed pudding recipe includes healthy fats from chia seeds, flax seeds and almond butter, protein from bone broth protein powder, plus fiber-rich pumpkin and warming spices including cinnamon.
Here’s a bit more about some of the health benefits linked with the ingredients used in this chia seed pudding recipe:
- Chia and flax seeds — Chia and flax seeds are great sources of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, protein and even some omega-3 fatty acids. They can help to support healthy digestion and “regularity,” plus they tend to be filling because they absorb water in your stomach and take up space.
- Almond butter — Almonds are a great source of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS), fiber, vitamin E and other nutrients such as magnesium, manganese and calcium.
- Pumpkin — Canned/unsweetened pumpkin is a convenient way to boost your intake of vitamin A and fiber. This cold-weather vegetable is full of antioxidants including lutein and zeaxanthin that can support healthy vision, healthy skin and more.
- Cinnamon — Did you know that cinnamon is recognized as one of the longest-existing spices in human history? It not only boosts the taste of many Fall-inspired recipes, but it’s also high in antioxidants and other compounds like cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and linalool that can generally support metabolic health and a healthy digestive system.
- Bone Broth Protein — Bone Broth Protein Salted Caramel or Vanilla naturally feature 19 amino acids as well as type II collagen — which inherently provides chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. These delicious flavors are lightly sweetened with cinnamon and stevia extract rather than regular sugar, keeping the carb content and calories low. They are also made without dairy, gluten and soy and made from grass-fed and pasture-raised beef bone broth, which naturally features collagen to support healthy nails, skin and joints.
Is chia pudding hard to digest? For most people, it shouldn’t be. It’s made without common digestive irritants such as dairy and gluten; however, it does contain nuts and seeds and is higher in fiber.
If you have trouble digesting high-fiber meals, then introduce this recipe to your routine slowly in order to make sure you tolerate it well. Drinking lots of water with high-fiber foods is also a good way to promote healthy digestion.
How to Make Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
Add almond milk, chia seeds and flax to a mason jar. Stir and shake well and let sit overnight or at least 30 minutes until consistency starts to thicken and gel.
Combine gelled chia and flax mixture with all other ingredients in a small saucepan.
Stir well over low heat until warm and protein powder is fully mixed in.
Serve! Optional to top with pecans and coconut flakes for extra crunch.