Sweet potato chia seed pudding with peanut butter chocolate sauce, toasted coconut, pecans and banana. That’s a mouthful. A delicous, delicious mouthful.

I’ve been making a lot of pureed sweet potato for food prep lately and I thought why not combine two of my favourite foods ever: sweet potato + chia seeds? Well, it was a delightful success and between this and my Peanut Butter Jelly Chia Seed Pudding, I’m pretty much set for loving breakfast at the moment.

Until Saturday, when vegan pancakes make an appearance….maybe chia seed pancakes, just to keep my favourite little seed hanging around.

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Chia Seed Pudding with a Purpose

Lately I’ve been experimenting with pre and post-workout nutrition to see what works best for me. I’ve added more carbs to both my pre and post-workout meals as well as been more consistent with post-workout protein. I’m definetely feeling great with more pre-workout carbs and early morning training has been feeling awesome. Until recently I didn’t like eating much at 5 am but now I feel the training benefits are worth eating most of my food early in the day.

As for my post-workout meal, I’ve been focusing on getting protein right away and then a balanced meal as soon as I get home. This sweet potato chia seed pudding is perfect for that. I’m able to eat within 30 minutes of finishing up at the gym since I’ve prepped something like this chia seed pudding the night before. Regardless of whether you eat a large or small meal after training, consuming both carbohydrates and protein is essential to recovery, repair, and ultimate strength. Sweet potato or other starchy vegetables provide antioxidants and other vitamins for a nutritionally-dense carbohydrate option.

I would classify sweet potatoes are a true super food for it’s many nutritional benefits. The nutritional powerhouse is an ideal food whether your goals are fat loss, building muscle or just eating a healthy diet.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potato

  • Carotenoids: plant compounds that reduce cell damage caused by the stresses of everyday living, including workouts
  • Vitamin E: an antioxidant that may protect against heart disease.
  • Potassium: a mineral necessary for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance, and normal blood pressure
  • Copper: it assists in the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping muscles healthy and skin taut.
  • Quercetin: research shoes this potent phytonutrient may help you breathe easier by warding off allergies, hay fever, and asthma

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As for chia seeds, I’ve discussed the benefits time and time again. Nourishing, hydrating, high in fibre, protein and omega-3 and packed with vitamins and minerals, they’re beneficial added to any diet but I’d especially recommend them to plant-based athletes.

Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pudding

tastes like pie! 
top with easy vegan chocolate sauce
amazing with toasted coconut and pecan
beasically eating dessert for breakfast
loads of nutritional benefits
high in protein and fibre
vegan and gluten-free
no refined sugar
easy to prep ahead of time
contains omega-3 fatty acids
contains energizing, healthy carbohydrates

Aside from all that, blah, blah, blah it’s healthy business. It tastes good. Really, really good. Like get in my mouth right now good. Like dreaming of breakfast good. Like I’m so sad I ate that so fast good. You get the idea.

Oh, PS. I topped it with chocolate peanut butter sauce because I could…and peanut butter is life. And peanut butter + chocolate is just out of control. Brought to you by beautiful, ooey, gooey, fresh medjool dates. I also added chopped pecans, sliced banana and some toasted coconut flakes because they’re my favourite and I love the crunch and flavour they add.

I could go on about awesome this is but there’s really only one way for you to find out, make it yourself. It’s really easy. Top it with delicious (healthy) ingredients like pecans, toasted coconut and banana and dig in. And then come back and thank me because you’re welcome.

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Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pudding

Sweet Potato Chia Pudding

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 10 drops of organic liquid stevia or 12 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
  • small pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • Recommended Toppings:

Instructions

  1. Add the sweet potato puree and almond milk to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a container and stir in the chia seeds. Make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds left.
  2. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Add desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Chocolate Sauce Recipes

Low-Fat Peanut Butter Chocolate Sauce (PIctured)
1. Soak 1 medjool date in hot water for 10 minutes
2. Drain then blend 2 tbsp of of cocoa powder, 2 tbsp of powdered peanut butter and 1/4 cup of almond milk. Optional: add pinch of sea salt.

Quick Chocolate Sauce #1
1. Soak 1 medjool date in hot water for 10 minutes
2. Drain and blend with pinch of sea salt, 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and 2 tbsp of almond or coconut milk. Add more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Optional: add pinch of sea salt and splash of vanilla.

Quick Chocolate Sauce #1
1. Soak 3 medjool dates in hot water in 1/4 cup hot water
2. Do not drain. Blend with 2 tbsp cocoa powder. Optional: add pinch of sea salt, splash of vanilla and additional sweetened if desired.

Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Sauce
1. Blend 1 tbsp cocoa powder with 3 tbsp Vega Chocolate Protein Powder and 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Add water or non-dairy milk to reach desired consistency.

These are very rough “recipes”. You really can’t go wrong. Play around with ingredients like dates or banana, cocoa powder, powdered peanut butter, tahini or nut butters, coconut or almond milk, maple syrup, chocolate protein powder etc.

Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pudding