In my ever challenging quest to not eat breakfast out (darn Starbucks oatmeal!), I’m seeking quick, easy, healthy breakfasts to make at home….preferably the night before a busy early morning. Oatmeal, either overnight or cold soaked, is one go-to but this week I decided to make chia seed pudding. In honor of my favorite flavors,, I also wanted to incorporate coconut and fresh fruit as well as balance this breakfast with plenty of protein and healthy fat for satiety. So Vanilla Almond Coconut Chia Pudding was born.
Are you familiar with chia seeds? They’re quite the superfood, famous for their high fiber and omega-3 fatty acid content. Packed with protein as well, these little black seeds are hard and crunchy until submerged in liquid, they develop a mucilaginous coating and a gelatin-like consistency. Don’t bother trying them if you hate a consistency like tapioca but if you’re open to it, you may be pleasantly surprised by this easy and delicious start to the day. Bonus – chia pudding also makes a great afternoon snack or dessert.