I wasn’t really sure if I should post this peanut butter chia seed pudding or because I know it doesn’t look very appealing! The hubby said definitely don’t post it, but oh well…I love it so I’m doing it! Hopefully some of you are as strange as me.
I eat chia pudding almost daily. It’s quick and easy vegan convenience that packs a ton of nutrition. I make all sorts of variations from blueberry and lemon, to chocolate and banana, to vanilla and cinnamon, they are so many ways you can go! I eat it for breakfasts, for snacks and even dessert!
I’ve been eating this peanut butter chia seed pudding as a post-workout breakfast all week. It’s great for refuelling with a nice balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Plus you can prep it in just a few minutes the night before so you can grab and go in the morning. After it sits overnight, the flavour and texture is excellent and I find it decadent enough for a satisfying dessert.
The Importance of Omega-3
If you don’t eat animal products, getting enough omega-3 in your diet can be a concern. In fact, even if you do eat animal foods, many people still don’t get enough omega-3’s. One of the reasons I love chia and hemp seeds so much is that they’re both a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body and lower your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. They’re also important for brain health, effecting memory and cognitive performance. Omega 3’s are linked to everything from depression, to eye health, to bone and joint health, to healthy skin. You particularly want to pay attention to EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds contain a good amount of omega-3’s but unfortunately it’s mostly in the form of ALA, not EPA or DHA. So even if you do consume chia seeds on a regular basis, I think it’s still important to supplement a plant-based diet with an EPA and DHA supplement.
I like NutraVeg Plant Liquid Omega-3. I take 1 teaspoon a day as well as try to include omega-3 rich plant-foods like chia seeds in my diet as often as I can. Nordic Naturals also makes a quality vegan omega-3 supplement that contains both EPA and DHA.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Aside from the omega-3’s, chia seeds are a little nutritional powerhouse so they’re a good food to include in your diet regardless. They’re high in fibre, protein, antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Chia seeds are one more superfood to add to your whole food arsenal. They’re easy to use and can be used in everything from smoothies, to baking, to oatmeal and to dressings and sauces. My favourite way to eat chia seeds is to make chia seed pudding and as of late my favourite variety is this peanut butter chia seed pudding!
If you can’t find chia seeds in your area, there are plenty of good options for chia seeds on Amazon. Here are a few good ones:
Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding
So, about this chia seed pudding. It’s kinda ugly but don’t let that stop you. It’s sweet and salty and really hits all the craving spots. Check to see if your peanut butter has added salt, if not you can mix in a pinch of pink sea salt to the pudding to make it sweet and salty.
As for the dates, try to use soft medjool dates if you can. Dried out dates won’t add the same caramel flavour and the soft, chewy texture that medjool dates do.
Natural Sweetening with Dates
There are many different types of dates. I pretty much always use medjool dates in my recipes and for snacks at home. They’re easy to find, so soft they melt in your mouth and they have an amazing caramel flavour. I think they’re better than any candy you can buy! Plus, dates are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, so they’re a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the need for refined sugar.
Despite being one of the sweetest fruits, high in both sugar and carbohydrates, dates are nutrient-dense and are full of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients. They are also very easily digested, making them great source of energy during or before workouts.
You can sometimes find nice packaged neglect dates but you’ll just have to see what you can get your hands on at your local grocery store. If you can’t find dates in your area, here are a good options on Amazon:
- 3 tbsp (36 g) chia seeds
- ½ unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 3 chopped soft medjool or neglect dates (approx. 30-40 g)
- 1.5 tbsp (22 g) natural peanut butter (I recommend using peanut butter with added salt for a sweet and salty chia seed pudding. If your peanut butter doesn't contain salt, add a pinch of pink sea salt to the pudding.)
- Mix all ingredients in a container. Shake vigorously so all the chia seeds are mixed in and there are no clumps. You may need a spoon to break up the chia seeds.
- Let sit for a minimum of 20-30 minutes up to overnight.
- Enjoy! Try it topped with berries, sliced banana, apple or chopped nuts.