September Snacks – 3 Autumn Inspired Chia Puddings

Each week in September, I'll be sharing my favourite snack recipes! Chia pudding recipes have been all the rage lately - and with good reason. These tasty puddings are easy to make, easy to take on the go and are packed with health benefits. Today, I'll share 3 of my favourite chia pudding recipes that use the flavours of late summer and fall. Vanilla Chia Pudding with Peach Jam, Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding and Chai Chia Pudding!

Chia seeds are full of goodness. Just one ounce of chia seeds contain over 10 grams of fiber and 5 grams of omega 3 fats! A great source of calcium, phosphorous, manganese and tryptophan. Chia seeds are also a source of plant-based proteins. What do all these nutrients do for us? They help us to feel full longer, they provide a stable source of energy (no crash and burn energy slumps!), they build healthy bones and teeth, they prevent inflammation and obesity, and they help to promote a better mood!  

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Peach Chia Jam
-makes 2 servings

Vanilla Pudding
1 ripe banana
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup chia seeds

Peach Jam
2 peaches, cut into chunks
2 Tbsp chia seeds

For pudding, blend banana, coconut milk, vanilla and sea salt. Pour into bowl or large mason jar. Stir in chia seeds and place in fridge to set for a few hours.

For jam, heat cut peaches in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. As they heat and soften, I like to mash a bit with a fork or spoon, this helps to release water from the fruit. Then add chia seeds and stir. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then transfer to glass jar and store in fridge.

To assemble, layer pudding and jam in a mason jar. 

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
-makes 2 servings

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 banana
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cardamon
1 Tbsp maple syrup 
3 Tbsp chia seeds

Blend pumpkin, banana, milk and spices until combined. Pour into bowl or large mason jar and stir in chia seeds. Place in the fridge to set for a few hours or overnight.

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Chai Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Apples
-makes 2 servings

Chai Chia Pudding
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp raw honey 
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of cardamon
pinch of black pepper
2 Tbsp chia seeds

Whisk all ingredients together. (If your honey is hard, it may be easier to blend to combine.) Allow to set for a few hours in the fridge.

Cinnamon Apples
2 apples, cores removed, cut into chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp coconut oil

In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, add all ingredients and stir to distribute spice and oil. Let cook for 10-15 minutes to soften apples, stirring often. To serve, spoon chai pudding into bowl or to-go jar and top with warmed apples. This is also super tasty with pears and cardamon!