Hello, my name is Savanna and I’ve been stuck in a rut!
This winter has been long, cold and anything but nice. It has left me down in the creativity dumps, lacking my usual zest for life and zapped of energy at every turn. Now, you would think that living in Canada my whole life would have prepared me for dealing with a typical winter. Well, guess what? It hasn’t. Not one little bit. I’m cold. All. The. Time. And I’m sick of it! So, I’ve decided to do something about it and reclaim the special little thing that makes me me. It’s time for a comeback, baby!
Does any of this sound familiar in your own life? Are you, too, stuck in your own rut? Well, if you’re raising your hand right there beside me then do I have some good news for you: we can do this! You can also start taking baby steps to get out of this rut that you’ve cozied yourself into and today’s recipe is the perfect way to kick-start one’s self into action. I give you: easy 4 ingredient chia seed pudding!
This quick and easy vanilla chia seed pudding is the answer to our problems. The push to move you out of the rut. The perfect way to start your morning (or evening if you whip up a batch of this for dessert, something I won’t deny doing once…or twice) off right, powering you up for a successful day. Chia seeds are a nutritional power house: 3 tablespoons of chia seeds contain 11g of fibre (44% of your recommended daily intake), a whopping 5 grams of protein, 20% of the daily recommended intake of calcium and 15% of the daily recommended intake of iron. Chia seeds are also very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without going bad (source). Whoa – talk about goodness! Who knew that those cute little seeds that I grew up growing into my ch-ch-ch-chia pet could be so good for you?
This chia seed pudding is my new breakfast go to and can easily be modified for whatever craving may come your way. Looking to make it more summery? Toss in some frozen pineapple or berries. Are you a chocoholic like me? Toss in some cacao nibs and a tbsp of cocoa powder. Really want to kick it up a notch on the dessert scale? How about adding in some natural peanut butter and banana. Your mind will be blown, I promise.
I personally decided to leave my pudding in it’s natural vanilla state, opting to turn it into the perfect trifecta of deliciousness. By layering this pudding with delicious white peaches and then topping it all off with some Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Seed Granola, the most amazing little parfait was born. And then quickly devoured by yours truly. It was so good, I didn’t even share. In fact, if it wasn’t for this blog post, my husband would never even know that he missed out on this little treat. Sorry honey! 🙂
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to bust out of your rut and take on the day. Whip up a batch of this amazing chia seed pudding and show that rut who’s boss! Tag your yummy creations #glutenfreeveganpantry on Instagram so that I can bask in the goodness of your own version. Trust me, your stomach will thank me!
Lots of love & happy eats,
P.S. Thanks for checking out my brand new blog, I’m so happy that you stopped by to check out my hard work and I hope that you’ll continue to stop by for all my new recipes. If there’s anything specific that you’d love to see me try, leave me a comment and I’ll try my best to feature it here for you.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Place all ingredients into Vitamix or blender of choice. Adjust sweetener to your own taste.
- Blend until smooth and chia seeds become pulverized (you will notice that the texture will suddenly change and resemble the thickness of pudding)
- Pour into bowl and finish off with desired toppings.
As someone who struggles against a plethora of dietary restrictions it is refreshing to find new innovative recipes that make use of minimal ingredients. Doesn’t hurt that this looks absolutely delightful!
Do you know of a non-syrup based sweetener that can be used as a substitute for the agave syrup? One of my restrictions is to avoid all artificial sweeteners, or anything that resembles a high-fructose corn syrup.
Hi Chris – thanks for your wonderful comment! You win the prize for first comment of the blog!! *high five*
If you haven’t tried it already, pure maple syrup is a fantastic, natural sweetener. It is the go to in our house and we always have a litre jug of it in our fridge. If you’re looking for something that is not liquid based, I would suggest trying stevia. While we don’t currently have stevia in our own pantry, it seems to be all the new rage when it comes to sugar alternatives. Stevia is a plant derivative, has no carbohydrates and is calorie free. It is also much, much sweeter than sugar (about 100-200 times sweeter), so make sure to add it little by little when adding it into a recipe. You can read more about stevia here.
I also came across this article, which suggests using brown rice syrup as an alternative to agave syrup. We also have brown rice syrup at home and use it when we make our own granola bars. It’s much lighter in the sweetness category than agave syrup, making it the perfect addition to a granola bar recipe.
As always, make sure you check with your doctor/nutritionist/naturopath when adding new items into a restricted diet – I offer these suggestions from my own experiences only and am not a certified health care provider.
Thanks for such a quick reply!
I would have never considered natural maple syrup, or the brown rice syrup. Both sound like good options, and I’ll have to do more research to see if they fit in my diet.
I have used Stevia in the past and it seems to be a good alternative to date. I haven’t encountered it in syrup form yet, but I am sure it’s available somewhere.
Thanks again, and best of luck on your new blog! I’m sure I’ll be checking in frequently.