Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere! For the next few months, you’ll find pumpkin in just about everything – from your morning coffee to your late night dessert. You don't need to change your dietary rituals to enjoy pumpkin. Instead, find ways to incorporate it into what you are already eating. The following pumpkin chia seed pudding recipe invites pumpkin into your morning breakfast. Chia already provides a host of health benefits, and pumpkin takes them to the next level.
Chia seeds offer a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. They improve digestion, help to reduce appetite, lower the risk of heart disease, and improve brain function. Pumpkin, meanwhile, is a powerhouse of vital antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and E, B-complex vitamins, and the minerals copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. These qualities deem it effective in maintaining the integrity of the skin and visual sight as well as protecting against cancer. Together, chia seeds and pumpkin are a duo to be reckoned with, giving you that much needed morning boost, so you can seize the day to the fullest!
This chia seed pudding recipe is based in creamy coconut milk and pumpkin puree and sweetened with low-glycemic maple syrup. Pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and almond essences bring more depth to the dish so your senses are enlivened with each and every bite.
Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
- 1 BPA-free can (12 ounces) coconut milk
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup chia seeds
- Dried fruit and nuts for topping
Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, ¼ cup maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts, and pumpkin pie spice into a bowl. Whisk until evenly combined. Add in the chia seeds and whisk until smooth.
Divide the mixture among 4 bowls and cover each with plastic wrap. Place the bowls into the refrigerator and let set for at least 3 hours prior to serving.
Once the chia puddings are ready to serve, top each with nuts, seeds, or chocolate.
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