Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

October 24, 2016   16 Comments

This pumpkin chia seed pudding was inspired by pumpkin pie and a mistake.

My mistake was purchasing about a ton of chia seeds because I forgot that I already had them. Do you do that? Buy stuff, get home, and slap yourself on the head when you realize you already have the ingredient.

It is an occupational hazard for a food blogger.

I have been working with chia on and off – my chia seed chocolate pudding recipe is a big hit because it tastes like the real thing. My overnight oatmeal with chia seeds is also pretty good – I find it very filling.

The idea here is to recreate pumpkin pie in your blender without cream or eggs. Can you do it? Yes. Will it taste just like pumpkin pie? No.

But, it is packed with calcium, iron, fiber, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B6 and pumpkin pie can’t touch that.

I used my Blendtec to make this so that the chia seeds were pulverized. My kids notice the seeds if I don’t try to make them into dust - then they complain. You can use any powerful grinder to do this (you might have a spice grinder).

There is a big argument over which blender is the best – Blendtec, Vitamix, or Ninja. I bought mine at Costco so that if it conked out on me – I could bring it back. You gotta love Costco’s return policy.

This pudding was really delicious with a little whipped cream on it. My son (always the tough one) didn’t love it but my daughter asked for more. I found that a little bit of this went a long way and I only ate about ¼ cup and was satisfied (I took my time eating it).

I noticed that they now sell chia pudding in the supermarket. Can you believe it? People must love the stuff.

Have you tried to use chia seeds to make pudding? How did it turn out?

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Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Makes 8 servings

½ cup chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pulverize chia seeds as much as possible. Add almond milk, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

For one serving about 1/3 cup = 161 calories, 8 g fat, 2.0 g saturated fat, 13 g carbohydrates, 5.4 g sugar, 4.3 g protein, 4.6 g fiber, 7 mg sodium, 6 SmartPts

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16 Comments:

Thank you! This is awesome. I can't wait to try it.

on October 24, 2016

i've never tried chia seeds. i wonder what happens if you leave them out?
guess i'll find out. LOL!!!!!!!!!

on October 24, 2016

Hi

Great recipe, but I think you mean 4.60 g fiber, rather than 460 g :)

on October 24, 2016

@Fuz - the importance of decimal points! oops. Thank you! I have fixed it.

on October 24, 2016

Have you ever tried it with stevia instead of brown sugar?

on October 24, 2016

A lotta points for 1/3 cup. Did you use regular or unsweetened almond milk?

I don't know what it'd do to the flavor, but unsweetened almond milk + Splenda, stevia, or that brown sugar/Splenda blend would bring down the points & calories.

on October 24, 2016

This looks very yummy. I can see pumpkin parfaits in my future :) Let's see….when making a pie for Thanksgiving I bake the dough trimmings into mini cinnamon crescents. This year, I'll save them with parfaits in mind: some crumbled pie-dough cookies, toasted pecan pieces, chia pumpkin pudding, more crumbles and nuts, more pudding, whipped cream, and a quick 'ZZ' of maple syrup. That's gonna look pretty for a TG dessert -- a pumpkin pie upgrade! My family will welcome a healthier dessert. Thanks for your creativity Lisa!

on October 24, 2016

Looks like an awesome recipe, great for the fall. Will try it in our Vitamix!

PS- We're Team Vitamix all the way, they have a 7 year warranty and the best customer service you could ever imagine :)

on October 24, 2016

Do you think a coffee grinder would work for the seeds?

on October 24, 2016

I used unsweetened almond milk. I know the points are high! I did not try Stevia and that may be the perfect solution. This is a dessert.

@Pat - Yes, on the coffee grinder. That will work!

Thanks for all of your questions and comments.

on October 24, 2016

Thanks!

on October 24, 2016

I'm going to try this with dates instead of sugar. Yum!

on October 29, 2016

Finally got this made. I like it. I ground the seeds in a coffee grinder. I added Equal because I like my punkin sweet and ALWAYS ADD SALT to punkin dishes. It highlights the sweetness. I love the date suggestion. Will try that next time. I served with whipped cream. I know. Bad girl. VitaMix note: Mine is over 21 years old. Still runs just fine.

on October 31, 2016

Would a magic bullet work to grind the seeds? If not, I do have the coffee grinder.

on November 2, 2016

I think the instructions for the MB say they'll grind things fine. Mine died years ago, but I think I read that. It just might not be as fine a grind? But if the little bumps of chia don't bother you, no grinding needed at all. Think of it as tiny tapioca?

on November 3, 2016

I love the idea of grinding the chia seeds. I never did before and I didn't care for the lumps. Will also use coconut sugar instead. Thanks for another great idea.

on November 24, 2016


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