I recently discovered chia pudding as a healthy breakfast, dessert or snack idea. Due to the success of my Smooth Chocolate Chia Pudding, I decided to take a turn with vanilla chia pudding. You may top the pudding with fruits, nuts, seeds or other favorite toppings. I chose a nutty theme with ground nutmeg, hazelnuts, raw cacao nibs and hemp seed hearts.
I recently received a sample of Hemp Hearts from Manotoba Harvest through the Sweat Pink Ambassador Program through Fit Approach. Hemp Hearts make a nutty nutrient-rich topping for yogurt, smoothies, salads, cereals and chia pudding!
One lucky Feeling Fit reader will win a free 2-ounce sample of Hemp Hearts. The two-ounce size indicates that it contains one serving, but since I use the Hemp Hearts as a topping or garnish it lasts considerably longer. To enter, simply comment on this post and enter through the giveaway widget. The winner will be randomly selected among valid comments.
Vanilla Spice Chia Pudding Recipe
This chia pudding recipe is a little smoother than traditional chia seed pudding, though not as smooth as the smooth chocolate chia pudding recipe that I posted last Summer. The color is darker than your usual vanilla as it uses dark chia seeds and vanilla bean powder (mentioned in this post).
- 1 cup coconut water (plain water or nutmilk would also work)
- .25 cup of chia seed
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder (vanilla extract could work in a pinch)
- .5 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- 1 ripe banana
- .5 cup unsweetened nut or coconut milk
- optional honey or maple syrup to taste
- Fruit and nuts of your choice to top the pudding, I used
- 3 hazelnuts
- .5 teaspoon Hemp Hearts from Manitobia Harvest
- a dash of nutmeg
- .4 teaspoon raw cacao nibs
- Put coconut water in a jar.
- Add vanilla bean powder and chia seeds and mix.
- Leave to soak overnight (a few hours may be sufficient, I usually do this phase in the evening)
- Combine the chia pudding made in stage one with: 1 ripe banana broken into 1" portions, .5 cup nut milk, optional honey (though it is fine without) and cacao powder.
- Blend until smooth according to your preference. The pudding should have a smooth pudding or mousse texture, however it may be warm from the blender. You may serve or chill for 30 minutes.
- Top with fruit, seeds, nuts or spices of your choice. Enjoy!
Most of the prep time is passive. This is a quick make-ahead breakfast or snack that I like to start sometime the evening before I consume it.
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I am interested in hemp hearts as I have heard many great things but I have yet to try
Denise @ Healthy Family Media says
That sounds really good! I love Hemp Hearts!
Sara Theissen says
Yum! Would love to ry this.
Thanks for the recipe, I like to mix it up with my puddings.