6
Jun

Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding

Thanks to Vital Proteins for partnering with me on this recipe! 

 

It look me a little while to love chia pudding. It started becoming super popular about 5 years ago and I didn't love the texture of the crunchy seeds and somewhat gelatinous texture. To ease into the trend, I created a recipe in my Meals Made Simple cookbook for No Cook Chocolate Pudding in which I blended the chia seeds with the liquid before letting it set to create a smooth and rich pudding, rather than crunch and texture-rich from the chia seeds.

Over time though, I've grown to love the little crunch that comes from the seeds. I also like having to chew a little when I eat. Did you know that chewing a little bit when you're drinking or eating something more liquid like smoothies, soups, or puddings releases enzymes that aid in digestion and decrease bloating and gas? I think that's why we've seen such a rising trend in açaí bowls (and the like) with lots of healthy, crunchy toppings lately, rather than just a fruit-loaded smooth smoothie!

I've been making a version of this Spiced Vanilla Chia Pudding recipe for years, but this time – I took out the vanilla beans I usually use and tossed in 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides for gut, nail, skin, and hair support. Not only does the powder have aromatic, whole vanilla beans in it, I also love that it adds a whopping 36 grams of protein to the pudding as well.

Feel free to top with with whatever fruit you'd like, but I love the berries for a patriotic 4th of July dessert! These make a great little dessert, or you could even cut down on the maple syrup and eat them for a quick breakfast on the run!

This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. I am an ambassador and have been compensated for my participation. However, as always, all opinions are my own and I only promote products and brands that I personally use in my own kitchen. Thank you for supporting sponsors like these so I can continue to create original content and new recipes for you! 

Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding



AUTHOR:

SERVES: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 13.5-ounce can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds (I prefer to use white chia seeds for the color of the pudding)
  • Fresh berries for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Place the cashew milk, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Whisk well to combine. Whisk in the collagen peptides.
  2. Add the chia seeds and stir to combine. Let the bowl sit for 10 minutes, then stir again for a few minutes, until the seeds start to swell and the mixture begins to thicken. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve once the pudding has reached your desired thickness, or refrigerate up to 7 days and serve as desired.
  3. Divide the pudding into jars and top with fresh berries. Serve cold.


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