Vegan Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
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Pumpkin is creeping back in for the fall season and I personally couldn’t be happier. Too soon? The weather may still be summery, but October is next month. You can’t even walk through a shopping center without being bombarded with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie smoothies. Pumpkin has wonderful health benefits, so I try to add it into my diet as much as possible.
Among some of the health benefits of pumpkin:
Eye health thanks to Vitamin A
Cancer fighter thanks to beta-carotene
Weight loss from the high fiber content
Promotes wrinkle free skin thanks to carotenoids (source)
The problem is that many (most?) of the tasty pumpkin treats are not very healthy. They are often loaded with excess sugar, artificial colors, and GMOs. Yikes. So I am overjoyed to share this healthy pumpkin snack/breakfast/dessert that tastes just like pumpkin pie. Take 2 minutes to stir it up at night and you can grab a pumpkin pie chia pudding in the morning to go. These are GMO free, vegan, and gluten-free.
Coconut Dream sent me some of their vegan yogurts and they worked perfectly in this recipe. The yogurt is made with real coconut and makes this chia pudding extra creamy. The flavor of the coconut based yogurt is not quite as tart as regular yogurt, which I really liked for this recipe as I didn’t want it to taste too yogurt-y. I made this pumpkin pie treat with both the vanilla and the plain yogurt and liked both. If you want to sweeten it up more, stir in a drizzle of maple syrup.
The chia seeds add a little crunch but I wanted more, so I made some 5-minute stovetop granola. This deserves a post of it’s own, but basically I just heated some coconut oil and tossed in a cup of oats, a drizzle of maple syrup, some seeds and coconut and toasted it all together with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
Autumn heaven, I tell you!
Please, skip the pumpkin spice lattes and try this dreamy vegan pumpkin chia pudding. It’s so simple and just 4 ingredients!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 2 minutes
- 1 (6 oz.) cup vanilla nondairy yogurt such as Coconut Dream
- 1/3 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Stir together the yogurt, pumpkin, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spice. Sweeten to taste with a drizzle of maple syrup if needed.
- Make this chia pudding the night before and refrigerate or enjoy right away. Top with granola, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, pomegranate arils, or anything you like!