This quick protein-rich pumpkin walnut chia pudding takes just minutes to make and is a perfect breakfast or snack.
I typically lag behind when it comes to trends and definitely missed the early chia seed pudding craze but as always, better late than never. So here is my creation of a chia seed pudding, layered with cinnamon, walnut-filled pumpkin filling, topped with bananas, more walnuts, and cacao nibs. But this chia pudding is special as it gets a protein boost from a surprising place - Naked Nuritrition's Pumpkin Spice Naked Shake a delightful and super nutrient-dense vegan protein powder.
The thing I like most about chia seed pudding is just how easy and customizable it is. It's an ideal fiber and protein-rich breakfast or a healthy snack any time of the day.
Chia Seed Benefits
By now you're probably already aware that chia seeds have been deemed a superfood. And not without good reason. These impressive little seeds pack a lot of nutrition in such small spheres. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber and are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to decrease overall inflammation in the body.
Why This Protein Powder?
Honestly, I never really used protein powder in the past, mostly because the majority contain ingredients I can't have and because they just never seemed appealing to me. I thought of protein powders mostly for bodybuilders. But it turns out there are some protein powders that are much more accessible to those of us who just want to get some clean protein in our system without benching 200 pounds. (Not that there is anything wrong with that). So Naked Nutrition's Pumpkin Spice Naked Shake really stands out with an impressive amino acid profile, MCT oil, 20 grams of plant protein, and 3 grams of sugar. Nothing artificial, only ingredients you recognize. That's the stuff I fully stand behind. Plus it's easy to add to a variety of recipes to get that extra protein you otherwise may not. And now, on to the recipe...
Why You'll Love This Pumpkin Walnut Chia Pudding
- It's vegan, paleo, gluten, and grain-free
- Takes minutes to prepare and is ready in the morning
- It's protein-rich and nutrient-dense
- Makes an excellent breakfast or snack
- It's perfect for breakfast meal-prep
For Your Shopping List
Naked Shake Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder
Optional: Cacao Nibs
Let's Make It
Step 1. Add 2 scoops of Pumpkin Spice Naked Shake and 1 cup almond milk to a medium bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Step 2. Add ¼ cup chia seeds, 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, and whisk again until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour mixture into two jars and seal them. Refrigerate the chia seed pudding overnight.
Step 3. You can stop here or if you want to add the pumpkin walnut layer, mix together ½ cup pumpkin puree along with 2 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts in a small bowl.
Step 4. When you're ready to serve, layer the chia seed pudding and pumpkin walnut mixture in a glass or bowl and top with bananas, walnuts, and optional cacao nibs.
Top Tips + FAQs
Is Chia Seed Pudding Good For You?
Yes, chia seed pudding is an exceptionally good way to get adequate fiber as well as Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Chia seeds are also known for reducing inflammation, and improving digestion.
How Long Until The Pumpkin Walnut Chia Pudding Is Ready To Eat?
If you're going to have the chia seed pudding as a snack, in theory, it should be ready to eat in about 30 minutes, once the chia seeds have absorbed enough liquid to become chewy in texture. The longer the pudding sits, the more liquid it will absorb.
How Long Can You Store Chia Pudding?
If you're making it as part of meal prep for the week, feel free to double up on the ingredients. Chia pudding will last in the refrigerator for 5 days.
What If You're Sensitive To Fiber?
Start slow. If you're not someone who eats adequate fiber each day, jumping to a serving of two 2 tablespoon of chia seeds may be intense. One tablespoon alone provides nearly 17% of your daily intake. But if you're not sensitive to fiber, enjoy!
What Does Chia Pudding Taste Like?
Chia Pudding has a chewy texture similar to that of tapioca. This pumpkin walnut version will add extra creaminess from the pumpkin and banana as well as a crunch from the chopped almonds.
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- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 scoops pumpkin spice naked shake
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin puree + 2 tbsp
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 rounded tablespoon chopped walnuts plus extra for topping
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- banana slices
- optional: cacao nibs
- 1. Add 2 scoops of Pumpkin Spice Naked Shake and 1 cup almond milk to a medium bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
- 2. Add ¼ cup chia seeds, 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree, ½ tsp pumpkin spice, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, and whisk again until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour mixture into two jars and seal them. Refrigerate the chia seed pudding for several hours to overnight.
- 3. You can stop here or if you want to add the pumpkin walnut layer, mix together ½ cup pumpkin puree along with 2 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts in a small bowl.
- 4, When you’re ready to serve, layer the chia seed pudding and pumpkin walnut mixture in a glass or bowl and top with bananas, walnuts, and optional cacao nibs.
1. You can store the chia seed pudding for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
2. The chia pudding can be eaten 30 minutes after making it as long as it has absorbed the liquid.