If you are following the paleo diet or you try to live a paleo lifestyle it can be difficult to find things to eat for breakfast.
It can also be hard to think of breakfast foods that are quick and easy to make if you don’t have a lot of time before work.
If you are looking for a tasty and nutritious paleo breakfast, you should try chia pudding.
Chia seeds are often described as a superfood. They are packed with fibre, protein, Omega-3 antioxidants, minerals and lots of important micronutrients.
Chia seeds also have a brilliant application when it comes to including them in recipes – their gel. If you soak chia seeds in a liquid, after a few minutes, they release a gel. This gel is tasteless and is fabulous for thickening dishes – such as chai puddings. What’s more, it can be used in lots of vegan recipes as an egg substitute.
Including chia seeds in your breakfast will set you up nicely for the rest of the day and will give you more energy.
But how do you make chia pudding that is paleo friendly? What kinds of recipes are available?
We have put together this list of our top paleo chia pudding recipes so that you can make this delicious meal whenever you want. Keep reading to find your new favourite breakfast.
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First up on paleo chia pudding recipes we have a great base recipe. Thankfully, it is also ideal for people who are into food-prep as you make it the night before, ready for the morning.
It lasts for up to a week in the fridge. So you can make a large batch on a Sunday evening and then eat it for breakfast every day.
The seeds grow in size as they absorb the moisture from the milk, so a little goes a long way.
You only need 2 tablespoons of chia seeds for every cup of milk. Feel free to use whatever kind of paleo friendly milk you like.
This recipe recommends coconut because it adds sweetness. However, you can sweeten the pudding with whatever ingredients you like that are paleo allowed.
Once you know how to make this you will want to do it every week.
If you tend to get hungry mid-morning, why not try one of our Paleo (Gluten Free & Grain Free) Scone Recipes
If you love tropical flavours then this chia pudding will be perfect for you. Make sure you use full fat coconut milk to make your pudding as it adds to the richness.
It is sweetened with vanilla extract and honey – as much or as little as you like depending, on how much of a sweet tooth you have.
This recipe uses ground cinnamon to add a touch of spice to the pudding.
You can layer it up with fresh fruit. If you want to continue the tropical theme then try mango and pineapple. Alternatively, you could go for a classic combination like strawberries and blueberries.
The final touch is toasted coconut flakes to add a crunchy texture and introduce another element of coconut to the pudding.
This would make a delicious breakfast, but you could also enjoy it as an after dinner dessert – especially on a warm day.
Talking of breakfast, check out our Paleo and Grain Free Porridge Recipes.
This is a recipe for all of the chocolate lovers! It is rich and creamy but still paleo friendly and vegan. It feels like a decadent dessert but it actually makes a very healthy breakfast option.
The chia seeds make the pudding nice and thick without needing to cook it. The cocoa powder is unsweetened, and you can also use raw cacao powder if you prefer.
The sweetness is added naturally with maple syrup and vanilla extract. It’s up to you how sweet you want your pudding to be.
The vanilla also brings out the flavour of the chocolate.
You can use any kind of dairy free milk that fits in with a paleo diet. However, a blend of coconut and almond works best with the other ingredients.
It might seem strange to add salt, but a little pinch of it ties all the flavours together.
It is best to make it the night before so the pudding has plenty of time to thicken. You can serve it with fresh strawberries to make it even more delicious.
See our Chocolate Chia Cake Recipes for more sweet treats.
If you are looking for a summer breakfast then this mango and lime chia pudding will certainly hit the spot.
It is a cool and refreshing way to start the day, packed with vibrant flavours and plenty of nutrients.
You make your own mango puree using fresh or frozen mango (or you can make a big batch of puree and freeze it).
There is also an option to blend the mango puree into the pudding. However, it looks lovely in separate layers if you serve it in a glass bowl or a mason jar.
One of the easiest methods of turning any fruit into a puree is with a Hand Blender. Best still, these neat small appliances are also great fo blending up milkshakes and smoothies and for turning a lumpy soup into a silky smooth bowl of warming comfort. For more information and prices, see here.
Lime juice and lime zest add a zingy, citrus punch to contrast with the sweet mango. The coconut milk goes really well with the mango and adds a richness to the pudding that makes it taste indulgent.
You can sweeten the pudding with maple syrup, honey, or agave – whichever ingredient you prefer.
Finally, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt are used to bring all of the flavours together to create a perfectly-balanced taste.
If you’re keen to try something new for dinner, take a look at our Paleo Beef Meatball Recipes
Next on our rundown of paleo chia pudding recipes we have a controversial one.
Matcha is an ingredient that tends to split opinions – you either love it or you hate it. If you love it, then this energising breakfast bowl will be the perfect way to start your day.
Not only is it aesthetically pleasing (this is definitely an instagram-worthy breakfast) it is also very delicious and packed with healthy ingredients.
Matcha is high in antioxidants and amino acids, helping your body to repair and also improving your relaxation and concentration.
This pudding uses a splash of almond milk, which really complements the crunchy macadamia nuts. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries, and add in any other fruit that you fancy.
The rose petals are optional. We know it’s an ingredient that you are unlikely to have in your pantry, so you can switch it out for a different garnish if you prefer.
This persimmon chia pudding is ideal for a cozy Fall morning when fragrant persimmons are in season. A lot of people think that persimmons are similar to tomatoes but they are actually a kind of berry.
They are sweet, creamy and soft, with a flavour that is unusual but delicious. Persimmons are high in fibre, anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and lots of different nutrients.
They pair perfectly with a pinch of cinnamon to create a warm and comforting puree to layer up with your chia pudding.
The deep orange is quite striking so be sure to serve these puddings in glass bowls to get the full effect.
Would you like to try some more Persimmon Recipes? Click here.
One of the elements of the paleo diet is eating foods that would have been foraged – berries and nuts are ideal examples of this. Luckily, this entry in our paleo chia pudding recipes contains both.
The cranberries in this recipe have been dried which makes them last longer and also brings out a different flavour and texture.
Chopped pecans are used to add a lovely crunch and also an earthy taste to the pudding. You can also top your chia pudding with granola if you want even more texture.
One of the best ways to serve any kind of chia pudding is in a mason jar. Why? Well, they layers of pudding look really pretty through the glass. And, of course, you can see exactly what is in each pudding. But also, if you want to take a pudding to work with you or to pop it in a lunch box or picnic, it’s ready to go and comes with a handy lid. Perfect! For a selection of Mason Jars, click here.
Almond milk is used as the liquid base, with additional almond extract to bring out those sweet, nutty flavours. You can add as much or as little raw cane sugar as you want to sweeten the pudding.
You can find some recipes for Gluten Free Toasted Muesli Granola here. Many of them are paleo-friendly.
You’ve heard of a pumpkin spice latte to start your day, but what about a bowl of pumpkin spice chia pudding?
It’s wholesome, natural and really easy to make. The vanilla and cinnamon create a warm, sweet flavour along with the comforting taste of pumpkin.
The coconut milk makes the pudding creamy and rich, and you can top it with whatever you like.
Crunchy toppings work well to introduce a contrasting texture to the soft pudding – maybe some toasted almonds or mixed seeds.
If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to make breakfast, then you probably grab a banana as you are heading out the door.
Instead, you can make this overnight banana chia pudding and have a balanced, nutritious breakfast that will keep you full and energised all morning.
This recipe doesn’t need much sweetener added as the banana is mixed into the pudding.
The riper the banana, the sweeter the pudding will be. Vanilla and cinnamon complement the banana flavour, and you could even add some paleo friendly nut butter if you wanted to.
Fancy a treat? Check out our Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake Recipes.
We finish off our look at paleo chia pudding recipes with another more unusual ingredient – avocado.
Avocado is not just a savoury ingredient – it can be used in sweet recipes to add richness and creaminess without the need to use dairy products.
The strong chocolate flavour balances out the taste of the avocado. Furthermore, the result is an indulgent yet healthy and natural chia pudding.
The chia seeds have a gelatinous texture similar to eggs, which gives this pudding a light consistency. You can serve it in a dish topped with fruit in place of a dessert or enjoy it as a sweet breakfast.
Chia pudding is an excellent paleo breakfast because there are so many options.
You can create warm, spiced flavours to comfort you on a cold day, or vibrant fruity combinations which are perfect for a summer morning.
You could make a different batch of chia pudding each week and never get bored of this healthy and satisfying breakfast.
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