Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I've been finding myself turning from a night owl into a morning gal (shocker, I know!) and when I wake up in the morning I want a steaming mug of tea and something delicious to fill my belly to help me start my day off on the right track. Normally, I reach for a box of cereal because it's quick, easy to prepare, and it's delicious. However, I find that it's not good at sustaining my hunger all the way until lunch.

Two days a week I wake up super early and work out before I have to drive my daughter to school, and on those mornings I usually have a breakfast smoothie which has oats and chia seeds mixed in. I have found that on those days, I am usually full up to lunch and mid-morning cravings never kick in. That's because the chia seeds are filled with fiber, which make you feel fuller longer. So, I decided to try a new recipe for Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding that I've been meaning to make for some time now.

Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

Because I have an autoimmune disorder, I try to add chia seeds to any recipe that I can because they are great at promoting an efficient digestive system. I know some of you are into the New Year, New You weight loss goals, so this recipe is one that would be right up your alley since chia seeds are rich in fiber, and high fiber diets are usually great at supporting weight loss.

Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

What I love most about this recipe is how simple it is to whip up and it can be made the night before. Nothing makes me happier than already having breakfast done as soon as I crawl out of bed. Plus, you can use any fruit you want as a mix in, so if you have it several times a week and use different fruits each time, it doesn't feel like you are having the same thing over and over again. Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, kiwi, raspberries and blackberries are all great options. Toss in some pomegranate seeds too if you like. Really, the combination possibilities are endless.

Yield: Serves 2

 

Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnaon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sliced fruit of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the alond milk, chia seeds, oats, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla until well blended.
  2. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and let stand for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed into the oats and chia seeds.
  3. Top with fruit of your choice. Serve.
  4. This recipe can be made the night before. Just cover and place in the fridge, then serve in the morning. Serves 2.
Original Recipe adapted from The Everything Vegan Cookbook


Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakast Pudding

What kind of fruit do you like to mix into your morning meals?



38 comments:

  1. One of these days I may have to try chia seeds. Great when no cravings come due too. I find a morning person seems to get more done, at least in most cases.

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    1. I do get more done around the house the earlier I am up and I think that's why I'm sticking with this new routine lately. Definitely try those chia seeds. It took me years to catch on to their health benefits, but better late than never, right?

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  2. I hate you for having blackberries and strawberries in da middle of winter whilst we don't even have normal apples and potatoes only semifrozen ones :))))
    You did such lovely photo styling!
    I don't think I'd ever like cold oats (that is as charismatic as Kirsten Stewart) but I think I would like it warm especially as your vanilla almond milk sounds nom, but I'd eat if for a snack or dindins, I need savoury food in the morning for some reason. Oh, Dr Oetker has flavoured oat instant porridges with raspeberries, bananas... I should've sent you some of those!

    How does chia change its shape in the milk, is it still crunchy, or does it become soft, I know it turns into a pudding but does is stay hard in the middle?

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  3. We are truly spoiled with our produce selections, I know. And, they are super cheap right now in promotion of people making those weight loss resolutions.

    Hehehe on the cold oats/Kristin Stewart comparison, though I do love cold oats. We do have flavored ones here too, but sweet of you to think of me enjoying them. The teas you sent were nom, nom! You were right, the blueberry was my fave ♥

    The chia goes completely soft after being soaked in the milk. You still get a bumpy texture though. If you just let them soak for about 15 minutes instead of overnight, you'd still get a slight crunch when biting through.

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    1. have you ever tried Psyllium? That is one of the seeds I've never tried. I do grind sesame, flax, chia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower and peanuts every morning.

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    2. I have not tried it. Jason's big on the flax seed for his heart (I imagine it's why you like it so much too). He also loves peanut powder and mixes it into his smoothies. I do the sesame only when I'm making Chines dishes and pumpkin I'll mix into my granola or oatmeal.

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    3. sesame is also good when you're making scones or any savoury pastry with yeast. You can grind some sesame, mix it with butter and spread it between the layers of the dough while kneading it, it will enrich the taste. That is how I used to make my fake pork crackling scones before :)

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    4. That's a wonderful tip! Now, I just need the motivation to make scones ;)

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  4. I do enjoy some oatmeals on a cold day, my favorites tend to be more on the smooth side. This looks like it has a lot of texture.

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    1. There are a lot of great textures in this dish.

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  5. This looks like a perfect breakfast for me! I love fruit and oats and always have chia seeds on hand. YUM!

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    1. It's definitely a great meal to help kick start the day!

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  6. I would love to have this for breakfast and can I say .... I'm so impressed on your rows of fruit! I haven't tried chia seeds yet but I think I need to !

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    1. Thank you Rachel. You should definitely try chia. It has so many great health benefits and adds a great texture to your recipes.

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  7. Please don't think I'm weird, but I've never tasted chia seeds. I know they have lots if health benefits, but I'm worried they'll taste gritty.

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    1. You're not weird at all! I actually didn't try them myself until about 2 years ago. They aren't gritty, just crunchy. If you soak them like I did in this recipe, they actually get a really soft texture.

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  8. This looks so good to me. I'd be putting in all kinds of mix-ins. Apricots come to mind, but the berries look delish too! I like chia and love oatmeal!

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    1. Apricots sound wonderful. I just thought dates would be really good too for an extra touch of sweetness.

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  9. These are some really great ingredients. I love fresh fruits.

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  10. I could probably eat this every day. This looks really great.

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  11. Your chia oatmeal looks so delicious! I usually just dump everything in together and it looks just like mash haha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. I usually do too, Ai. Except when I need to take a blog photo. I don't think anyone would want to try my every day looking creation if they saw how I dumped it all together lol

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  12. This looks almost too pretty to eat! I've been in an oatmeal slump lately, this looks like the perfect recipe to try

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    1. I hope you do try it Amanda. It will definitely pull you out of that slump you've been in :)

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  13. I've never had chia pudding, but you've inspired me to try! Can't wait!

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  14. I love chia. Such a heart healthy breakfast

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  15. I have been wanting to eat more chia seeds. They are such a great healthy addition to any food.

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  16. What a delicious breakfast idea! Really gorgeous and looks amazing!

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  17. I've never tried making chia pudding but your recipe looks really good! I will save the recipe and try making some soon. This is going to be a healthier 2018 for me!

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  18. This looks great to me. I don't know how everyone else would like it in my family. I'd have to give it a try.

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  19. It looks super cute Theresa! Love all the colors. And I bet it tastes wonderful as well

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  20. Bananas are my fruit of choice for mornings - especially in cereal. I think the breakfast pudding looks great - I love oatmeal, so this is something right up my alley...and the fact it can be made the night before. Even better!!

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    1. We go through a ton of bananas too, especially for our smoothies. I just found that my girl boxer won't eat them though. She snubbed her nose at the small piece I wasn't going to finish the other day. Like, what's wrong with that girl? Bananas are delicious! lol

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