Why PB&J Chia Seed Pudding will Change Your Life | Chia Seed Recipes

Chia Seed recipesI’ve been reading about how FABULOUS Chia Seed Pudding is for months now, but, to be honest, I’ve been extremely suspect.  I felt like Chia pudding was one of those things healthy bloggers said was delicious, but really tasted like sludge.

I’m looking at you, Wheatgrass.

So I’ve been really reluctant to waste perfectly good Chia seeds (they ain’t cheap!) and almond milk on this experiment.

Finally, after eating one too many bags (yes, I said bags – don’t judge, we’re snowed in!) of chocolate-peanut butter candy, I decided to make some Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding – one of the Chia Seed Recipes that kept hitting my radar. I kept seeing the recipe on Pinterest, and decided to give it a shot.

It. Was. Amazing.

Life-changing, actually.

Now, before you get skeptical, hear me out. I fully understand that not everyone may like this. The consistency is similar to tapioca, which I happen to love, but some people detest. If you love it, though, you NEED to try Chia Pudding.

My inspiration for the following Chia Pudding Recipe was basic comfort food- a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich. I would eat one every day if I didn’t hate sandwich bread (it makes me feel sluggish and bloated). But I love the peanut butter and strawberry flavors together – that salty sweetness is so tasty!  I had some strawberries in the fridge, so I decided to see if Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Chia pudding could satisfy my craving.

Why Chia Pudding? Well, first of all, I love pudding, but both dairy and sugar are terrible on my digestive system. Plus, chia seeds pack a ton of fiber, Omega-3s, and protein.  They are also high in Zinc, B vitamins, and Magnesium.  Almond milk and natural peanut butter are also delicious, whole food sources of protein that don’t have a lot of added sugar.


  • 1 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds (I’ve been digging these Nutiva Chia Seeds lately)
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (again, Nutiva makes  coconut sugar and I’ve been using it as a 1:1 replacement for white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water


Chia Seed Coconut Sugar

1. First, put the coconut sugar (why do I use this? It has a lower glycemic index than regular white sugar) and the water in a small saucepan and let it come to a gentle boil. Basically, you’re making a simple syrup. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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2. On medium heat, add the strawberries to the sugar water, stirring constantly. Keep at a low boil, about ten minutes, until the strawberries are mushy. Using a stick blender, blend the whole thing together. You may wish to wait until the mixture has cooled! Set this mixture aside.

Chia Pudding Step 3

3.  Take out two medium bowls. Add 1 cup of almond milk to each. In one bowl, add 2 tbsp of peanut butter to the almond milk and whisk together until smooth. Then add 1/4 cup of chia seeds to the peanut butter mixture and stir together. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

4. In the second bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of almond milk. Slowly pour the strawberry syrup in and mix until combined. Then add the 1/4 cup of chia seeds and refrigerate, covered, overnight.

5. To Serve: In a parfait cup, layer 1/2 cup of the strawberry pudding on TOP of 1/2 cup of the peanut butter pudding. The strawberry pudding will be slightly more runny, so that should go on top.

Enjoy!  You’re treating yourself to a fiber- and  protein-packed snack that tastes like a decadent “cheat!”

Other Chia Seed Recipes:

 Tangy Lemon Chia Seed Vinaigrette

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Beet Superfood Smoothie Recipe

PB&J Power Smoothie Recipe

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