Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. From the fall farmer’s markets to the Thanksgiving table, pumpkins represent all that is right and good in the world. They are adorable! They make Halloween possible! They are magical (just ask Cinderella)!
Besides these facts, pumpkins are super healthy. A serving of pumpkin contains 197% RDA of vitamin A along with a ton of potassium and vitamin C. To temper less waistline-friendly dishes (my friend's pumpkin bread made with Crisco) with healthier options, I’ve been enjoying this Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding as a healthy, tasty alternative.
Chia seeds have been all over the news and yes, they are the same little seeds we grew up growing trendy pets out of. Turns out, they are nutritional powerhouses with high amounts of fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Furthermore, these babies contain only 137 calories per two tablespoons!
The nutritional profile of chia seeds paired with pumpkins’ superpowers equals one thing: improved health. The combo of pumpkin and chia seeds encourage all the important things and discourage the other, less-savory states of being. Think lower instances of heart disease, more energy, improved bone health, reduced inflammation. If you ask me, it’s pumpkin chia pudding all day, every day!
Follow this recipe if you want to enjoy some healthy deliciousness including fall’s favorite flavors.
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
1 C pumpkin puree
1 ½ C favorite milk (dairy, cashew, coconut…)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
¼ C chia seeds
½ - 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-Mix all ingredients vigorously in medium size bowl using an Earlywood Saute tool. (I prefer the small size for my small hands).
-Pour into 3 small glass containers or mason jars. Refrigerate overnight or until pudding is set.
-Top with toasted hazelnuts, whipped cream, cacao nibs, cinnamon or another favorite. Enjoy with an Earlywood Toddler Spoon or Tasting Spoon!
If you’d like to enjoy chia seeds in other ways here are some suggestions: sprinkle on salads, add to oatmeal or quinoa, stir into cookie dough, blend in your favorite smoothie. Note that chia seeds take on a gel-like consistency when mixed with liquids, hence the reason they make a perfect pudding.
Have you tried this recipe? Let us know what you think in the comments below.