PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN CHIA SEED PUDDING!
Back to school season is here! It’s time to get #backtolean this September with workout, recipes and motivation to stay lean all year long! Today I am sharing with you an easy chia seed pudding recipe!
Chia seed pudding is the perfect back to school snack! It is tasty, easy to prepare and store, and has a TON of health benefits!
Chia seeds are a ‘super food’ which basically means they are LEAN and SUPER good for you! In just a small amount of seeds, you get low calories and tons of nutrients! Chia seeds are packed full of antioxidants, are high in fibre AND have high amounts of omega-3’s! One great aspect of chia seeds is their ability to absorb liquid – which is how we get chia seed pudding! When chia seeds are mixed with liquids, they soak up all the liquids and flavours, and turn jelly like, and when eaten have a pudding like texture, which is where the name chia seed pudding comes from!
I chose to flavour my chia seed pudding with peanut butter and vanilla! Peanut butter is definitely one of my favourite lean-gredients! Find yourself an all natural, no added sweetener peanut butter! Your typical peanut butter tends to contain a ton of added sugars, so choosing a natural unsweetened peanut butter is definitely what you want to get! Vanilla is always a great ingredient to add some flavour and sweetness into a dish! Since we are using a vanilla vegan protein in this pudding, the vanilla flavour will help add some extra vanilla flavour!
Another great ingredient to help sweeten up this pudding WITHOUT adding sugar sweeteners is with Walden Farm’s maple syrup! This maple syrup contains 0 calories, which means it has no added sugar in it! With this syrup, you can add as much sweetness you like without worrying about the extra calories!
For toppings, I LOVE adding unsweetened chocolate chips to my pudding! They are rich, add some nice textures AND are leanlicious! Paring these chocolate chips with some fresh fruit, like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries makes for a perfectly refreshing breakfast or snack!
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ vegan or whey protein
- 1 tbsp walden farms maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla flavouring
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- optional : unsweetened chocolate chips to taste
- optional : Strawberries to taste
- Place all ingredients in a jar
- Whisk everything together, until well combined
- Cover jar and place in the fridge for 30 mins -12 hours
- Serve cold with toppings of your choice
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