Make Ahead Chia Seed Pudding Snacks
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If you are anything like me, then you’re always on the lookout for tasty and good for you breakfast and snack ideas. This Chia Seed Pudding is super easy and yummy to make as a breakfast or snack. Even better, it’s one of those recipes that you can put together ahead of time so it’s ready when you are!
Working from home can be tough. I absolutely love what I do, but I find that keeping focus on a single task and staying motivated can be a big challenge. It doesn’t help that my attention span is almost non-existent and I’m a bit forgetful. (So many times, I leave my office to grab or do something, then promptly forget what I was going to do!)
These traits only get worse as we age, and I don’t like taking supplements (ok, it’s more like I forget to take them) so I’ve been trying to up my own and my family’s consumption of brain-boosting super foods like nuts, seeds, berries, avocados and even dark chocolate (yea!)
One of our family’s favorite snack lately is Chia Seed Pudding.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition- full of antioxidants (way more than blueberries,) Omega 3’s, fiber and other beneficial nutrients. The best part of this tasty snack is you can make a big batch on the weekend, add it to a few single serve containers, and you’ll be set with a week’s worth of snacks!
In this “pudding” recipe, the Chia seeds are soaked overnight in your favorite milk product, then mixed with yogurt for an extra kick of probiotic goodness.
The flavor of the pudding is very mild and you could definitely eat it as is. Most of the time, I use plain full, fat greek yogurt- which needs to be sweetened if I want my little guys to eat it.
My favorite way to dress up the flavor is to add in fresh fruit (vanilla extract if needed) and top it with our favorite nuts and/or granola.
Another great option for topping the pudding is a spoonful of Smucker’s® Fruit and Honey Fruit Spread, which the kids love! (Shout out to Smuckers for sponsoring this post!)
So pretty (and yummy!)
I love to use these small mason jars for the pudding, they stack nicely in the fridge and are easy to grab as an after-school snack.
Make Ahead Chia Seed Pudding Snacks
This Chia Seed Pudding is super easy and yummy to make as a breakfast or snack. Even better, it’s one of those recipes that you can put together ahead of time so it’s ready when you are!
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup your favorite milk product
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- a bit of sweetener if desired (just give it a taste)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (Greek vanilla works great too, if using, skip the vanilla and sweetener)
- optional toppings (fresh fruit, nuts granola, Fruit spread)
- In medium bowl, mix chia seeds, milk, vanilla and optional sweetener together until combined.
- Cover and set in fridge overnight or about 8 hours.
- Add yogurt to chia seed mixture and combine well.
- Spoon into individual containers, top with your desired topping.
- Cover and store in fridge until ready to eat. Top with optional toppings.
(makes about 4 4 oz puddings- double or triple recipe if desired.)
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
Loved this recipe… I used greek yogurt and coconut milk and an artificial sweetener and converted this into a keto bfast….
What is the shelf life on something like this?
5 days at least.
Does it have to be Greek Yogurt?
Not at all, yo can use what you like- I just like Greek for the higher protein content.