I like making Oats and Chia Pudding in batches, as they are easy to make and last well for 3-4 days in the fridge, this way. With this chia oatmeal pudding recipe, you have your breakfast secured for a couple of days, they also make a good dessert, or snack for a home office day.
This Oats and Chia Pudding is a smaller and slimmer version of a breakfast fruit bowl, but we make them a little more decadent to make up for the reduced quantity of fruit.
We think overnight oats are one of the best breakfast meal prep options you can find. They make the perfect grab-and-go healthy breakfast.
Overnight oats have a creamy texture and can be eaten cold out of the fridge and still have a delicious breakfast.
You can easily fix them in ten minutes before going to bed and waking up to your nutritious breakfast!
If you want a blueberry-packed breakfast, check out our lemon blueberry overnight oats; it also features healthy chia seeds.
Making a cardamom rice pudding is another great meal prep option if you want to try something a little different and equally easy!
- Old-fashioned Rolled Oats or steel-cut oats (gluten-free)
- Chia seeds
- Your favorite nut butter (Peanut butter or almond butter)
- Fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
- Almond milk (coconut milk or oat milk)
- Cocoa powder or dark chocolate
- Coconut flakes
Optional: chopped nuts, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sliced almonds, or chopped walnuts.
You can see, that I am intentionally marking several items as optional. This way, you can always find a way to customize your overnight oats recipe even if you miss two or three ingredients.
To make this chia overnight oats follow these quick and simple steps:
Get your measuring spoons and cups ready, as well as your fresh fruit.
In a glass, set (in this order) jam, followed by half of the rolled oats, then chia seeds, half of the water or vegetable milk, the nut butter (optional), the next half of oats, and finish with water or almond milk.
Let the chia seed pudding soak overnight.
In the morning, add toppings. May it be dried fruits or seasonal ingredients. We like using fresh banana slices and berries. Add some maple syrup, cocoa or dark chocolate, and coconut flakes on top to finish.
You can also top it with chunky unsweetened applesauce.
You can make it less sweet and less caloric, taking off the marmalade, nuts, peanut butter, and coconut flakes.
Also if you don't have fresh berries, you can use dry berries. They will hydrate well overnight.
Here are the quantities for a single serving, but I suggest you make at least four at once, one effort: 4 breakfasts.
If you want to save time in the morning and have a quick breakfast, you can add your favorite topping and fresh fruit before going to bed. Just make sure to use individual jars and close with a lid the overnight oats.
This way the fresh fruit will not oxidate much in the fridge and can keep its color.
This is the perfect breakfast for busy mornings so we recommend making a big batch on Sunday, and you will have your overnight oats ready for the week.
Chia oatmeal pudding variations
A few ideas to make your chia puddings different.
You can use any kind of oats, like quick-cooking oats, rolled oats, and steel-cut oats.
Cashew milk helps a lot to make your cold oats ultra-creamy, and soy milk helps to add extra protein.
You can use almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and even pecans.
I am a little biased towards peanut butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter, but you can also use cashew butter. We love using pistachio cream as we do in our chocolate chia pudding recipe.
Chia seeds are great for making cold overnight oats because they absorb very well the plant milk. If you decide to try other seeds like flax seeds, I recommend using ground flax meal, so you can make the best out of their nutritional value.
Hemp seeds also make a great option, as they are packed with protein and make these healthy overnight oats extra creamy.
Instead of maple syrup, feel free to replace it with your favorite natural sweeteners like stevia leaves, agave nectar, or even coconut nectar.
Add vanilla extract to your grab-and-go healthy breakfast. I also love overnight oats with almond and orange extract.
You can simply add the zest of a lemon or the one from your breakfast orange juice for a citrusy touch.
Adding Oats and Chia to your morning: a Great Idea!
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, fiber, and protein, while they have varied and healthy calorie and carb counts.
Chia seeds are a powerful ingredient, and Science Says These Are 3 of the Healthiest Foods You Can Eat.
Oats are not behind, they provide an immense amount of nutrients and tons of benefits.
They can Lower Cholesterol Levels Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage and improve Blood Sugar Control.
So these two together are a blast!
Remember to shop for Gluten-Free Oats if you are on a Gluten-Free diet, as Oats naturally do not contain gluten. Still, they are usually processed in places where there is gluten, and usually, they don't guarantee they are gluten-free.
Activate your oatmeal, seeds and nuts
Our bodies digest better the nuts, seeds, and oats when activated in water. Nuts are plant seeds; soaking them for 12 hours can start the germination process, causing changes in the seed.
When oats soak, as well as nuts and seeds, you minimize their nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances as they are absorbed into the water, and you make it easier for your body to absorb the great stuff. More about why it is important to activate seeds, nuts, grains, and beans. WebMd
Rolled oats absorb so much water that you won’t necessarily need to add milk, making it different from eating a granola bowl, which would be dry granola and needs additional moisture on it.
So before going to bed, leave three cups of water for every cup of dry oats, your choice of seeds, and nuts soaking, and use it as they will be soft in the morning.
This will absorb any moist from your pie crust, prevent it from becoming sogging, and will add extra fiber and protein to your tarts. We use the same 3-ingredient dough that we use for empanadas.
Health Benefits of Berries
Berries are amongst the healthiest foods on Earth. Here are some of them.
Benefits of berries for hair
Berries have many beneficial antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin C, that may promote hair growth. Antioxidants can help nourish hair follicles and protect against damage from harmful free radicals.
Benefits of berries for skin
Berries may help reduce skin wrinkling, as their antioxidants help control free radicals, which is a leading cause of skin damage.
Various studies suggest that berries may protect skin by blocking the production of enzymes that break down collagen in the skin that has been damaged by excessive sun exposure.
Collagen is a protein that constitutes an essential part of our skin’s structure. Collagen allows our skin to stretch. Conversely, our bodies develop wrinkles when collagen is damaged.
Benefits of berries for heart
Many berries have proven benefits for heart health. These include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol while reducing oxidative stress.
Berries have many folates (vitamin B) known for their benefits that including improved cardiovascular health.
Raspberries may protect against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity.
Health Benefits of Raspberries
They are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Raspberries may also have anti-aging effects.
These red fruits are easy to add to your diet in smoothies and are a great addition to your breakfast. Try this Frozen Mixed Berry Smoothie, breakfast fruit bowl, and berry vegan and healthy vegan ice cream are also great options to add more berries to your diet.
Make sure to buy them when they’re in season and eat them quickly as they can get moldy.
Make sure to make them the night before and use a glass container to tempt yourself with the layers of goodness you wouldn’t notice on any other container.
Learn more about the benefits of:
For more nutritious Vegan Breakfast recipes, check these out:
- Frozen Mixed Berry Smoothie
- Breakfast Fruit Bowl
- The Morning Celery Juice
- Carrot Apple and Celery Juice
- Simple Green Juice
If you like your oats packed in a yummy banana smoothie, you should have a check at ours!
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Oats and Chia Pudding
- 2 tablespoons oats Organic Gluten-free Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 ½ tablespoon chia seeds or flax, poppy or amaranth seeds
- 1 tablespoon red fruits jam
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 5 blueberries
- 3 raspberries
- 1 strawberry
- ⅓ cup almond milk homemade oatmilk, or water
- ½ teaspoon pure cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut flakes
- In a glass, put (in this order) jam, followed half of the oats, then the chia seeds, half of the water or milk, the peanut butter, the next half of oats, and water/milk.
- Top with the berries, maple syrup, cocoa, and coconut flakes. Let the oats soak in the refrigerator overnight.
🌡️ Food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking points to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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