Smooth and Simple Breakfast Pudding + Chia Seed Giveaway

by Gena on May 15, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Meeting with cool clients? Check. Grocery shopping? Check. House cleaning/floor mopping? Check. Lunch with my wonderful cousin, who’s in town for the weekend? Check. Editing? Check. Plans to hang with a dear friend tonight? Check. Beautiful, sunny weather? Check.

In spite of a long week, this day has been a joy from start to finish. Not least because I got to play around with a cool new breakfast. During the week, when I’m rushing around and transporting breakfast to the office, I tend to stick to the tried and true. Raw options include fresh green juice from the juice bar near my office; avocado pudding (with or without sprouted bread); bananas with nut butter; or dehydrated buckwheat with almond milk. Cooked staples are my beloved oats or oat bran; leftover grains, reheated with nut milk; baked yams; and sprouted grain bread with nut butter. Simple, easy. (For more of my fave brekkies, check out this post).

On the weekends, when I have a more time and access to my juicer, blender, and stores of culinary creativity, I like to mix it up. I’ll often throw together a smoothie I’ve been meaning to try, a new juice combo, or something altogether new.

Today, I decided to try a blended chia pudding. I’ve shared some recipes for regular chia pudding with you all before; the idea this time was to blend the pudding, rather than leaving the chia seeds whole, which creates that tapioca effect you see below:

My game plan was simple: blend 1 oz chia seeds (this is about 3 tbsp) with 3/4 cup nutmilk and 2 tbsp of carob powder in my Vitamix. I quickly realized I was out of nutmilk, so I whipped up a hazelnut milk like so:

Hazelnut Milk (Yields at least 4 cups)

1 cup hazelnuts
4 cups water
1 tbsp coconut oil (an idea stolen from Sarma’s recipe for Brazil nut milk; helps to emulsify)
4 pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Blend all ingredients on high for a minute or so. Strain through a cheesecloth or nutmilk bag, and serve. Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

True to the plan, I blended 3/4 cup of my (very tasty) hazelnut milk with the chia seeds and 2 tbsp of carob (but you could also use cocoa powder). I tasted the pudding, realized it needed a bit of sweetness, and added a few drops of stevia; if you have a sweet tooth, you could add agave, dates, or raw honey to this recipe!

The result was a simple, tasty chocolate pudding. Now, I have to warn you: this is not a super-sweet indulgent treat like my chocomole. I liked it a lot, but I would describe it as “plain” — not too vibrant in flavor. You could definitely add sweetness to it, or additional chocolate flavor; you could also spike it with peppermint or orange extract. But I enjoyed the simple, nutty taste just the way it was; it was a perfect, mellow flavor profile for breakfast.

Lately, my girl Angela has been whipping up some crazy cool breakfast parfaits in all sorts of charming glassware. Inspired by her efforts, I decided to serve my pudding as a parfait, layered with slices of my fave fruit. After dusting off a wine glass — those babies don’t get much use in this non-drinker’s apartment — I came up with this:

OK. So maybe this “parfait” wasn’t quite as perfect as one of Ange’s creations:

In fact, it was a bit of a hot mess:

But hey, I tried. And it tasted great.

My favorite thing about chia seeds? Calcium! 1 oz, my friends, contains about 180 mg calcium, which is about 18% of your daily recommendation. This is especially cool for those of us who don’t rely on dairy to meet our calcium needs. Chia seeds also boast Omega-3s (which I’ve written about here) and a ton of fiber, so they’re pretty worthy all around. No wonder that, when I recently gave away a shopping spree at iHerb, so many of you wrote in to say that chia seeds would be your purchase of choice.

Guess what? You’ve got another shot at getting some for free! The kind people at Chia Seeds Direct – who are my go-to source for chia seeds — have offered one of my readers a 2 lb bag of chia seeds. These seeds are high quality, inexpensive, and shipped quickly, so it’s my pleasure to support them with this giveaway! To enter, simply do one, or all, of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me what sort of chia recipe you’re dying to try
  2. Tweet this giveaway, and leave a new comment to tell me you did
  3. If you’re not following me on Twitter yet, please do, and then leave me an additional comment to say so.

Good luck! I’ll announce the winner next Saturday, the 22nd.

On that note, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day. Have a great night!


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carly May 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

i’m going to try the chocolate peppermint chia pudding from your holiday post. i have super awkwardly been incorporating chia into my diet recently since reading about all the health benefits… and i mean awkwardly: sprinkling it on sweet potatoes with dinner, throwing it in my daily green smoothies, etc. it’s tasted fine but i’d like to showcase them with more intention :)


katerina May 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I’d love to make chocolate chia pudding. Yum!


Natalie (The Sweets Life) May 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’ve never had chia ANYTHING so I’d love to win some to try them in all sorts of recipes :)


Amy May 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I’ve always thought about blending the seeds! I thought for some reason it wouldn’t be as fluffy. Good to know!

So I guess I’d try this recipe ;)


Michelle May 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I totally just made my own version of VOO with chia seeds too on my last post!! And I put blueberry jam in there too to spice things up a little. hehe

I’m hostin’ a little giveaway for organic preserves and thought it would go PERFECT in vegan overnight oats! Does strawberry basil jam and blueberry merlot sound good to you? :)


Monique May 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I would love to try any of your Chia recipes!


Kathryn May 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I tweeted! I’ve only ever put them in smoothies so I want to try ALL of the recipes!


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) May 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Yup, without a doubt, chocolate peppermint chia pudding! Though I might try more of a spearmint type of mint, since it’s summer.


Amy May 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I have never tried chia seeds, but have been greatly tempted every time I see them at my local co-op. I would probably start by making a pudding since your recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!


Sara May 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’d like to experiment with a chocolate peppermint chia pudding. I LOVE peppermint.


Sara May 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

(Also, I’m following you on twitter now.)


Sondos May 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I would probably make a vanilla pudding, topped with fresh strawberries and bananas!


Vivian May 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I have been staring at that parfait recipe you posted of Angela’s all weekend. I’m on a cleanse right now but it’s the first thing I want to try when it finishes!!


Erica May 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I would love to make banana yogurt with my chia seeds!


Laura May 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Would love to make some dehydrated crackers using chia seeds and left over pulp from juicing =] Peace


Nancy Reed May 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I am rather new to chia, so I would start with a simple pudding to resemble tapioca.


KG May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I think it would be wonderful to mix them into smoothies and oatmeal! I have been curious about these little gems but reluctant to purchase so what a fabulous giveaway!


Paige May 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I’d love to try out the chia pudding! I just purchased a Vitamix and it should be here in 5 days so I can start experimenting with more raw foods!


Alyssa May 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Overnight oats!


Rachel May 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm

pistachio chia pudding and chia horchata!


Nicole May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I want to put chia seeds in everything like i see on blogs.


Nicole May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I tweeted this.


Ashley May 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Yay! I would love to try Angela’s VVO w/the addition of chia seeds. Your breakfast pudding looks lovely too! Mmm!


Christin L. May 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I love chia seeds and use them all the time! I’d love to re-up my stash as I’ve been meaning to try them in a granola bar recipe!


Mandy May 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I have been curious if chia seeds would yield a yummy seed milk? I think I will give that a shot. ;-)


Chantal May 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Thanks for the giveaway :) I’d love to try one of the chia parfaits I’ve seen floating around your and Angela’s OSG blog. They look beautiful, nutrient-packed and delicious!


Jessica May 18, 2010 at 1:02 am

Ooo! Great giveaway! I’m just running out of my stock of chia seeds, so this would be wonderful. I’d love to try making some sort of boba (bubble) tea thang with chia seeds replacing the tapioca balls.


Tiffany @ healthylittlecottage May 18, 2010 at 1:39 am

Chia seeds are the best! I haven’t used them in a lot of things, but chia pudding looks delicious.


Mary May 18, 2010 at 2:28 am

I love chia seeds! I’ve been using them a lot in my smoothies. I will absolutely have to try your pudding recipes! They look divine!

I have not actually tried making hazelnut milk before. It must be perfect with the chocolate and chia, though. It is now on my must-try list!

I did make a lovely drink with cashew milk, chia, and just a touch of molasses a couple weeks ago. (I know molasses isn’t raw, but I had some left to use up! I bet yacon syrup would be just as yummy!)

It was like a cross between iced coffee and boba tea. Very refreshing!


Sarah L. May 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

Definitely a pudding recipe. I used to be a pudding addict as a kid but have never had raw, vegan pudding and it sounds delightful.


Angelica May 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I love all these chia seed recipes I keep coming across! I personally want to make a whipped cream-ish airy vanilla pudding, since I know the seeds will keep it lighter than the heavy nut creams I’ve been making.


Lynda May 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

vanilla cinnamon chia pudding soaked in hazelnut milk with agave or maple syrup drizzled over the top.

coconut milk soaked chia pudding with spicy chocolate sauce, served warm.

need to experiment with some savory flavors … risotto style perhaps.



Jessica (electropositive) May 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I am dying to try your chia seed pudding recipe! I have some chia at home but that recipe would put my stash at empty (I am in conservation mode, haha).


Lorena May 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I’d like to just try whole chia seeds in a tapioca-like pudding, as I’ve never had them before. But, since reading the wonderful “Born to Run” (which I won from this very blog), I’ve been intrigued by them.


Happy Herbivore May 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been dying to try chia seed pudding… will tweet too!


Samantha May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

I found this awesome gluten-free recipe on Elana’s Pantry ( for brownies! Unfortunately, it was not vegan, but then I scanned the comments and found that someone had veganized it- using chia seeds!


Samantha May 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

Aaand I just tweeted this.


Marcia May 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

I’ve always wanted to try a chia pudding recipe. I’ve used it in a salad dressing so far, or on my oatmeal. I need to start using them regularly. Right now it’s just been a one-off kinda thing.

I did not know that about the calcium. I am trying to cut back on dairy, and getting frustrated with the general dietary recommendations out there are for three – THREE – cups of milk or yogurt a day. Talk about being in the dairy industry’s back pocket.


Cristin May 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I want to try this recipe! I tried your regular chia seed pudding and loved it! I haven’t given in to Twitter yet so this will have to be my only entry :)


LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils May 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I think I’d like to add chia seeds to my morning smoothie to up the calcium intake! I knew they were good on the omega 3′s and fiber, but not the calcium.


crookedmoonmama May 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Oh we could laways use more chia seeds PLEASE!!
They are great new mama food (just had baby #3). I want to try some raw crackers where you sprinkle the tops with chia.


Ashley May 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

What an awesome recipe. I’m completely out of chia and have been looking where to get thanks for the recommendation!! I guess I’ll be waiting til Saturday to order tho ;)


Holly May 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I’ve been dying to try chia seeds, especially chia pudding with almond milk!


Jenny May 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I really want to try chai pudding but I am waiting on my new blender to come in :-) Can’t wait!!!


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) May 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I would love to try Angela’s vegan overnight oats!


Julia May 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I think I would want to try your blended chia seed pudding up here! I may have already commented… sorry :\


Vanessa May 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I would put them into an overnight oat mix. I’ve been reading a lot about chia seeds and would love to try them! :)


Sara May 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

I’d love to try the 3-Minute Vegan Maple Oatmeal Cookie recipe over at Oh She Glows. I’ve only ever used ground flax seed and water to replace eggs, and I’d love to try using chia seeds and water instead!


Ilana May 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

I’ve never tried CHIA seeds ever, so I’d love to try out any recipe (esp Angela’s overnight oats!)


marys May 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

I’ve put chia in oatmeal and smoothies, but I’ve never made chia pudding. I’d like to see what that tastes like. It looks so “bally”!


Ellen May 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

i really want to try these overnight oats i’ve been hearing about.


Ellen May 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

i follow you on twitter (@ellen1214)


Laura May 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

I am dying to try to make your chia pudding. I would mix in some strawberries and bananas and top it off with a spoonful of almond butter! Sounds like this could very well be my new favorite breakfast!


elana May 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

i am going to try exactly the one you just posted about. looks AMAZING!!!!


Sabe May 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I’ve been so curious about chia seeds but haven’t tried them yet. I would love to make chia pudding, experimenting with different flavors.


Brittany May 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I’m dying to try a chia seed pudding- in particular I’m interested in a chia seed exercise recovery pudding recipe…which I believe I saw on Oh She Glows.


Jennifer May 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I have been wanting to make you chocolate chia seed pudding for months now but haven’t been able to find affordable chia seeds. I hope that I finally get the chance!


jamie May 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm

i’ve never tried chia seeds before, so i would probably get a bit excited and make a few recipes. the banana thing Angela makes looks so amazing everytime, so probably that first :)


Catherine May 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I’d love to try chia seeds in a recipe I found on No Meat Athlete’s blog: Carob-Strawberry Chia Energy Bars! I’m not a huge fan of bars, but sometimes a runner like myself just sorta needs them.


Lisa September 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

I recently started looking into vegan and raw eating. I keep seeing Chia seeds on posts and in recipes- I’m dying to try them out!


Julie February 15, 2012 at 2:40 am

I love chia seeds! I would love to make a pumpkin mousse!


Perrie June 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I would like to try chia seeds in a nice butterscotch pudding recipe, or in a tiramisu recipe.

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