I love pumpkin spice anything. I think it’s one of the best things about Fall. Well, that and the fact that it’s not 157 degrees anymore. Sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice. Bring it on!!
I love pumpkin spice so much, it just made sense to me to pair it with one of my favorite healthy “add-ins”, chia seeds.
Chia seeds offer so much nutrition and a plethora of health benefits, I want to add them to everything. And I usually do. This time, I married them with pumpkin and wonderfully nutritious coconut milk for this super spicy, super healthy, super delicious treat. Ta da!! Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding.
But, this IS NOT your ordinary pudding. It has a bonus!
First, here are some facts about the mighty little chia seed. They are originally from Mexico and the name Chia actually means strength. They are rich in antioxidants, calcium, potassium, and iron. They can give you energy, boost your metabolism, and since they have almost 11 grams of fiber per ounce they are terrific for your digestive health. Chia seeds have 18% of your daily recommended dose of calcium and are one of the top plant-based sources of protein. Read more here and here.
Unlike flax seed, chia seeds do not need to be crushed in order to be beneficial. Just add them to your pudding, yogurt, homemade salad dressing, or your drink. They will absorb some liquid, but you will be able to absorb all the wonderful nutrients.
In this recipe, if the chia seeds weren’t enough, I also included one of my favorite supplements, Grass Fed Collagen. Collagen is great for gut health, bone and joint health, it’s pure protein, and helps your hair and nails grow like crazy. Read my article about collagen here.
Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding
1 can coconut milk (organic and full fat). *I use this brand
1 cup canned pumpkin (organic)
5 Tbl chia seeds. This is a great brand.
1 Tbl Grass Fed Collagen. I use this brand
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp each ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
1 Tbl local honey
When you open the can of coconut milk, if there’s any hardened coconut oil at the top, go ahead and scoop that off and discard (or save it and cook with it). Mix all the ingredients together with a hand mixer just to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Eat and enjoy all the spices and wonderful health benefits of this Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding.
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