This Apple Pie and Almond Butter Chia Seed Pudding is a healthy and low carb breakfast that tastes like your favorite pie.
Apple Pie and Almond Butter Chia Seed Pudding with warm apples, creamy almond butter, and cinnamon tastes like dessert but is healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a post-workout snack. Since chia seeds are packed with fiber and protein, this will keep you full all morning and energized for the day.
I am still in love with chia seeding pudding and constantly trying to figure out new ways to eat it. One thing I have been enjoying with the cold weather is adding a warm element to my chia seed pudding. It's hard to get feel cozy when your breakfast comes right out of the fridge so combining your chia seed pudding with something warm is the way to go.
This simple apple pie version uses a quickly microwaved apple topping to warm everything up. It’s delicious and good enough for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
For me what makes this apple chia seed pudding recipe better than others is the warm apple topping, and it seriously couldn't be easier. By popping the apple in the microwave, it gets warm and tender much like an apple pie filling. The apples begin to melt down, the cinnamon flavors all the apples, you get the idea.
I use this microwave apple trick all the time for oatmeal, ice cream/frozen yogurt, and for a guilt-free dessert when I need something sweet. You can also make this stove-top, it just takes a little longer.
Basic Chia Pudding Recipe
To make a basic chia seed pudding recipe, you will want a ratio of 3 tablespoons of chia seeds for every 1 cup of milk. Most people also like to add one tablespoon of sweetener as well and some vanilla extract. Depending on what you will be mixing into the chia pudding, you may need more or less sweetener. For example, in this apple pie chia seed pudding, I don't think you need extra sweetener since the apples add sweetness. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you may want to drizzle in some honey or maple syrup.
Can I use applesauce?
Applesauce is a great thing to add to chia seed pudding since it adds natural sweetness without the need for refined sugar. There are two ways to add applesauce to chia pudding. The first is to add the applesauce directly to the milk and chia mixture. Usually, about 1/4 cup per serving works well. If you like a thicker pudding, you may want to reduce the amount of milk as well by 1/4 cup. The other option is to add it after the chia seed has had a chance to set. It can be added on top or mixed in to get apple flavor throughout.
In this recipe, applesauce can be a good shortcut to get the same flavor combination. Personally, I like the texture and mouthfeel of the cooked apples, but in a pinch, this works great as well. You can also add both unsweetened applesauce and cooked apples if you want lots of apple flavor.
One of the most common concerns about chia seed pudding is that it lacks protein, with just 5 grams of protein per serving for most recipes. There are lots of ways to remedy this and add protein to your chia pudding.
- Protein rich milks: Many of us reach for almond or coconut milk for chia seed pudding, but unfortunately it only has 1-2 grams of protein per cup. So if you want to get more protein, one way is to choose a higher protein milk. Skim cow’s milk has 8 grams of protein per cup and soy milk has about 6 grams of protein per cup. Additionally, there are now many plant-based milks on the market that are fortified with extra protein, usually from peas. Ripple, Bolthouse, and Silk all make plant-based milk with added protein.
- Protein powder: Many people add protein powder to chia seed pudding to get an additional 15-25 grams of protein per serving. Depending on the protein powder, this is a great way to add flavor and sweetness as well.
- Nut butter: In this recipe, I used almond butter to add some extra protein and healthy fats. You can use any nut butter to up the protein count.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is another great way to kick up the nutrition of your chia seed pudding. It adds protein, calcium, and probiotics among other things. You can also use it to add flavor depending on what kind of yogurt you choose.
- Hemp hearts, nuts, or seeds: Adding things like flax seed, hemp hearts, seeds, and chopped nuts also adds some protein to your chia pudding when you use them as a topping.
This post originally appeared in 2015 with this photo. It has been updated with new photos and tips for making the recipe.
Apple Pie and Almond Butter Chia Seed Pudding
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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