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Make-Ahead Chia Pudding


Back to school season is chaotic enough -- wouldn’t it be great if you could save yourself some precious morning time by making breakfast in advance? Enter: an easy Chia pudding recipe. With one bowl and less than 5 ingredients, you can whip up a quick, uber-healthy breakfast or dessert that the whole family can customize to their liking.

 

The secret to a delicious chia seed pudding is, well - in the pudding. Basic chia pudding recipes call for chia seeds, milk (dairy or non-dairy), vanilla extract, and some sort of sweetener, typically maple syrup or honey. This recipe is great for adults, but might be a little bland for your littles.


For a fun, hydrating twist, I’ve added Everly - an all-natural, sugar-free drink mix sweetened with stevia - to this easy chia pudding recipe. Everly comes in four irresistible flavors that you and your kids will love: Pomegranate Berry, Peach Mango, Strawberry Lemonade, and Fruit Punch. The taste might remind of you of another famous powdered drink mix - but, magically enough, Everly is made with only natural, whole foods ingredients - and none of the sugar, dyes, or preservatives of the other stuff. The result is a fruity, lightly sweetened, fun breakfast pudding that your kids will love!

 

Chia puddings are incredibly popular on Pinterest right now, but Pinners beware - many of the recipes cancel out the health benefits of the omega 3-rich chia seeds by adding a ton of sugary toppings. Adding Everly adds sweetness without sugar - top these puddings with sliced fresh fruit for a low-sugar, nutritious breakfast! Although dried fruit might be easier to keep on hand, it generally adds a ton more sugar than the fresh stuff. I’ve listed my favorite topping combinations below, playing off of the fruits in each Everly flavor.  


A few tips: Mix together all ingredients except the chia seeds first, then add the chia seeds. The seeds tend to clump together, making it harder to distribute your flavors evenly. Also, I like storing my chia seed puddings in small jelly Ball jars - the lid is great for storing in the fridge and keeping messes contained on the go! The puddings are best eaten within 3-4 days of making them - so consider making a batch or two on Sunday and one on Wednesday to last you through the week!

Happy back to school season friends!

Power-Packed Chia Pudding Recipe

Makes four servings.

Ingredients

⅔ cup organic chia seeds (such as Mamma Chia)

1.5 cup milk of choice (I recommend coconut or almond milk)

1 tsp. or more Everly drink mix, depending on taste preference (flavor of choice)

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp. ground flaxseed, optional


Directions

  1. Stir milk, Everly, vanilla, salt, and flaxseed, if using, together in a bowl.
  2. Whisk the chia seeds in. Make you sure eliminate all clumps!
  3. Store in the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Enjoy within 3-4 days with your toppings of choice!

Topping Ideas

Pomegranate Berry

 

Peach Mango

 

Fruit Punch

 

Let us know what you think of this easy chia pudding recipe!

 

Recipe by Maja Majewski for Everly

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