I’m always looking for great ways to add more chia seeds into my life and this pumpkin pudding is the perfect vehicle. Chia seeds are a fantastic plant-based source of essential fatty acids or EFA’s, even better than flax. Chia seeds are also a great source of protein, have 5 times the calcium of milk, and more iron and potassium than spinach and bananas. Wow!

Many thanks to Angela at Oh She Glows! I doubled her recipe in my Healthy Cooking 101 class yesterday and everyone loved it. All my cravings for pumpkin pie filling were satisfied and without the guilt. This will be in my fridge all winter long.

1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups canned organic pumpkin
4 tablespoons whole chia seeds (I used Navitas Naturals)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all ingredients until combined and no clumpy bits remain. Place bowl in the fridge to thicken and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight. I served mine with organic raisins and toasted pecans.

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