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Overnight Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding (vegan, no added sugar)

Whether for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack, overnight blueberry chia seed pudding is the perfect option! It is vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, and has no added sugar.
blueberry chia seed pudding in a white bowl

I’m going through one of my superfood fetishes and this time around it is with chia seeds!

Chia seeds have fast become one of my favorite ingredients–I add them to smoothies, oatmeal, muffins, homemade power bars, and breakfast cookies–for fueling my workouts. As for specific nutrients, chia seeds are chock full of

  • fiber (which keeps you happily sated for hours)
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • carbohydrates
  • protein
  • antioxidants
  • calcium

But chia seeds are more than mere fuel, they are lots of fun, and extremely versatile in the kitchen, too. Here’s why: When you combine chia seeds with liquid, the result borders on magic. within a short time, it a glistening gel (if you have kids in your life, this is a great summer day cooking experiment).

You can use gelled chia seeds as an egg substitute (much like flax seed meal) in all sorts of baked goods. For each egg you want to replace, simply combine 2 teaspoons of chia seeds with 1/4 cup water and let sit until it gels (about 10-15 minutes). Pretty neat.

But this enchanting mix also makes a wonderful base for a host of no-cook–and almost-zero effort– puddings. Because I am desserts-first kind of person, that’s where I’m headed with today’s post.

You can make chia pudding for breakfast, dessert or a snack. I love to eat it before a tough workout because it is satisfying and energizing but not in the least bit heavy. I think we all need more power pudding in our lives, yes?

Once you have tried one of the basic puddings (tasting is believing!), try my blueberry chia pudding.

collage of steps to make blueberry chia seed pudding

We have a huge blueberry festival in our town every June, and yes, as much as I love blueberries, I have to challenge myself to come up with new ideas for using the bounty in my freezer. This is a perfect fit. Blueberries plus chia seeds equals one gorgeous and delicious treat!

Yield: 4

Blueberry Chia Pudding (no added sugar)

blueberry chia seed pudding in a white bowl

Whether for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack, overnight blueberry chia seed pudding is the perfect option! It is vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, and has no added sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used plain almond milk)
  • 2 large, very soft dates (soak in hot water beforehand if they are tough)
  • 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the blueberries, milk, dates and banana in a blender; process until smooth.
  2. Transfer blueberry mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight until thickened.
  3. Eat as breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 165Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 68.7mgCarbohydrates 25.8gFiber 9.3gSugar 13.3gProtein 5.1g

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Al

Saturday 17th of October 2015

Tasty pudding. Seemed to me 2/3 cup of almond milk was not enough liquid to blend smoothly. I had to add more. I also added additional honey to sweeten. Was good otherwise. Thanks!

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Wednesday 10th of June 2015

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JJ

Thursday 14th of August 2014

How long will this last in the fridge?

Camilla

Thursday 12th of November 2015

I only keep it for up to a day :)

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

This looks delicious! Where else would you recommend finding chia seeds?

Camilla

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

Hi Tess! They have them at my local grocery store (smallish town in TX) in the healthy foods section (Bob's Red Mill brand), but I also do a lot of mail order for ingredients to save $. I really like nuts.com (here is the chia link: http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html) It's pretty much a bulk foods section online! But I also order from amazon, too :)

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