Blueberry Chia Pudding – This creamy chia pudding is infused with blueberry, vanilla, and cinnamon. It almost tastes like a blueberry muffin! (Paleo & Vegan)
We’re already a little over a month into our distance-learning school year (CRAZY, I know!), and we’re starting to feel like we’re finding our groove with the at-home-learning/2-parents-working routine.
One thing that’s REALLY helped me is to buckle down on a few prepped items over the weekend to simplify the day-to-day stuff.
I’m not talking an hours-long prep fest where every meal and snack is covered. Instead, I’m just operating under my meal prep in minutes philosophy–just 2-3 things here and there make a HUGE difference. Maybe that’s prepping a few fresh veggies to easily grab for lunches, snacks, or salads. Maybe it’s mixing up a salad dressing, or a meal-prep lunch, or something we can eat for breakfasts.
Chia pudding is one of my FAVORITE meal prep breakfasts. It keeps well, tastes yummy, and feels fresh on these still-hot mornings. This blueberry chia pudding recipe is one of my latest faves. It’s got sweet berry flavor, can be made with fresh OR frozen blueberries, and has the most amazing color. (SERIOUSLY. THAT COLOR!!!)
But beyond the delicious flavor and beautiful color, blueberry chia pudding only requires a few basic ingredients you might already have on hand…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY BLUEBERRY CHIA PUDDING RECIPE:
ALMOND MILK. I love almonds + blueberries together, so almond milk was a natural choice. If you’re not an almond milk drinker, you can try cashew milk instead!
FRESH OR FROZEN BLUEBERRIES. I find that frozen blueberries give more concentrated color, but fresh blueberries are AWESOME when they’re in season. Use whichever you have!
PURE MAPLE SYRUP. For a little sweetness, I like adding a little pure maple syrup. Feel free to leave it out if this tastes sweet enough to you as is!
*OR* LEMON + VANILLA. If you’d rather, you can swap out the vanilla + cinnamon for fresh lemon juice + lemon. It’s bright and light, which is a nice change of pace sometimes.
A TINY PINCH OF SALT. Then, you’ll add a teeny tiny (like, less than 1/8 tsp.) pinch of salt.
CHIA SEEDS. Lastly, after all the liquid ingredients have been blended, you’ll whisk in some chia seeds. Chia seeds plump and gel when added to liquid, so they’ll take this from a pretty liquid smoothie to a creamy chia pudding.
YUMMY WAYS TO SERVE YOUR BLUEBERRY CHIA PUDDING.
TOP WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES OR FRUIT. Fresh berries on top are SO lovely with blueberry chia pudding. Double up on blueberries, or add strawberries or raspberries too, for an extra pop of color. Or add bananas, mango, or peaches!
ADD A SPRINKLE OF GRANOLA. I love adding a little crunch to the top of my chia pudding, so some granola or paleo granola is my go-to. (We’ve been into this brand of granola lately! Get 20% off your first order with this link!)
OR, ADD SOME NUTS OR COCONUT. If granola’s not your jam, try adding chopped pecans, sliced almonds, or some shaved coconut for crunch!
LAYER IT AS A PARFAIT! You can make this blueberry chia pudding look extra fancy by layering it as a parfait (using the chia pudding in place of yogurt like this).
FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST BLUEBERRY CHIA PUDDING:
LET IT SIT A BIT + STIR AGAIN. One of my biggest tips for chia pudding is to mix in the chia seeds the best you can, then let the mixture SIT for 5-10 minutes. Stir again to redistribute the chia seeds before you transfer to a bowl or a jar. This helps prevent all the chia seeds from sinking to the bottom or for most of them ending up in one jar while the other jar hardly gets any.
CAN I USE FRESH OR FROZEN BLUEBERRIES? You can use fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries for this blueberry chia pudding recipe. I’ve tried both and they both taste great. (I do find that frozen blueberries have a more pronounced color, if that matters to you!)
WOULD THIS WORK WITH OTHER BERRIES? I bet it would, though I haven’t tried it yet. Raspberries or strawberries are two of the next versions I want to try!
TRY THIS WITH LEMON INSTEAD! I love this blueberry chia pudding as written, with its cinnamon-y blueberry muffin vibes, but it’s nice to change things up! For another yummy version, I sometimes skip the cinnamon and use some fresh lemon juice instead. Lemon and blueberry are lovely together and that little bit of citrus makes the blueberry flavor pop.
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