June 12, 2013

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

This recipe falls under the "healthy" category.  I have been on a very restricted diet lately, but I won't bore you with the details.  Basically I've had to completely change the way I eat and what I eat.  It has been a huge learning experience for me, and has gotten me in tune with what foods my body likes and processes well.  However, the meals aren't very exciting - mostly vegetables, salads, fruit and limited animal protein (like chicken).  The lists for each category are not very long either, so lets just say while it's slowly growing, there really aren't many meal options and I am starting to get bored!

I did find and try this pumpkin chia pudding though.  Compared to what I've been eating for over a month, this pudding made my taste buds sing!  This is a really basic recipe (in terms of ingredients & how you put it together), and it doesn't really require much time or effort.  I've been enjoying this pudding in my weekly breakfast rotation, but you can also have it as a dessert.  I like it, and will continue to keep it in my breakfast line-up in the future.  It's healthy and tastes good.....I suppose I can't ask for much more than that at this point!  Welcome to my world.......

Pumpkin Chia Pudding (serves 2)

1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vanilla flavored coconut milk
4 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp pure maple syrup 
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg

In a medium bowl, add everything except the chia seeds, and stir well to combine.  Add the chia seeds and again stir well to combine.  Chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight.


  1. That looks amazing! I love anything spicy/pumpkin like, which is probably why I love fall so much. I hear you on the restricted diet. I pretty much follow the paleo diet. Eventually (it took me MONTHS) you get to used to eating the same food and you also can enjoy food with less flavor, so to speak. I used to only be able to have heavy ranch dressing on my salads. Now I am completely happy with some olive oil, garlic, and balsamic vinaigrette. :)

    1. You know I've never looked into the paleo diet....I'll have to check it out! Thanks for your comments & hope you like the pudding! FYI - you can also grind the chia seeds up before adding & mixing them into. This will make for a smoother pudding.

  2. This looks really good.

    I recently bought 2 cookbooks that you might find interesting. I think the ones that might have something you are avoiding you might be easily able to make a substitute. They are:

    Gluten-Free Girl Everyday by Shauna James Ahern with Daniel Ahern

    Small Plates & Sweet Treats by Aran Goyoaga

  3. Thank you - I will definitely look in to both these books! Thanks for stopping by and commenting ☺

  4. Ah, another "Plan" buddy!!! I made this last night but it didn't 'set'. My friend just told me the recipe verbally and said '1 cup coconut milk' so I think it was to much. Have to try again.

    1. I would try it again with a less coconut milk. Also, grinding the chia seeds up might help it to set better. Good luck!

  5. "too much".... (I'm a stickler for spelling so that was a typo!)