His vanilla chia pudding is the ideal morning option, as it contains 18g of protein yet does not require the use of protein powder. Clean, healthy, and tasty!
If you haven’t gone on the chia seed train yet, let me try to persuade you. Chia seeds are one of the most beneficial foods you can incorporate into your diet. They include not only fiber, but also antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats. Plus, I am luring you with vanilla pudding, so it can’t hurt, right?
Chia seeds, and particularly chia pudding, appear to have taken the health community by storm. They are everywhere and in EVERYTHING! When I searched for “chia” on Pinterest, there were so many dishes that it was unbelievable – and also completely awesome. Hooray for the Chia Revolution!
But I digress. Let’s get back to the point of today’s post. This very delicious vanilla chia pudding.
However, this is not your typical chia pudding. This is the SQ take on chia pudding. Instead of simply chia, nut milk, and sweetener, I added quinoa. Ding, ding, DING!
As I was thinking about this recipe, I realized that by adding quinoa, I was not only adding extra protein to the meal but also shifting it from dessert to dessert-for-breakfast, which I am perfectly fine with.
Breakfast with chia pudding sparked new ideas.
I know many of you struggle with obtaining enough protein in your breakfasts. Sure, you can use plant-based protein powders (like I do on occasion) or create your eggs, but these aren’t necessarily the healthiest solutions. That’s why quinoa and chia seeds are excellent additions to any healthy breakfast; they significantly increase the protein value of your meal.
After calculating the nutrition for my quinoa + chia pudding, I discovered that the protein content was not as high as I had hoped. My goal here was to make a meal that included as much (or more) protein as a regular scoop of protein powder. My magic number was 18 grams. (Not sure why)
During my initial test, I was hovering around 11 grams. Good but not outstanding. And then it hit me: hemp hearts!
Aside from chia seeds, I’ve recently been obsessed with hemp hearts. They are incredible since they have minimal flavor, give a little crunch to salads and smoothie bowls, and are extremely high in protein. I put them on everything.
By adding just two tablespoons of hemp hearts to this pudding, I was able to increase the protein level to almost 17 grams. Granted, this may vary based on the sort of milk used, but I was satisfied.
My belly was also content. This pudding is delicious and quite nutritious. We’re talking ridiculous amounts of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Yes, that very much turned into the best breakfast/dessert ever.
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
- Dash of stevia or use 2 tablespoons maple syrup.
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 3/4 cup cashew milk or milk of choice
Add all ingredients to a jar and stir together. Tighten the lid and place the chia pudding in the fridge to set, for about 2 hours (or more).
Remove and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!