Don’t forget to share this Honey-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Figs & Walnuts [W/ Vegan Option] recipe from The Greek Glutton
Everyone is talking about chia seeds! I first got the idea to make my own chia seed pudding when I stopped by Le Pain Quotidien for a quick snack and settled on the chia seed pudding topped with mango. It was super pricey (like $7!!) for this tiny little container! So I figured I would be better off making my own!
Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Also, they can absorb many times their body weight and basically turn liquids into gels, which is why you can make chia seed pudding by just mixing the seeds with milk or juice. Outside of the US, you should be able to buy chia seeds at organic food stores or order them online. For those of you in Greece, you can order chia seeds here.
Note: honey isn’t considered vegan by everyone. But I’ve seen Greek recipes for lent that include honey so by Greek standards I’m considering it vegan. However, if you don’t want to use honey you can use maple syrup or “bee free honey” instead.
This pudding also tastes delicious on its own, so the toppings are really optional! Or you can mix it up by adding your own toppings. Mango is also really good!
Honey-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Figs & Walnuts [W/ Vegan Option]
40 minPrep Time
40 minTotal Time
- 3 cups unsweetened soy/almond/coconut milk or any other milk substitute
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup or bee free honey)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Fresh or dried figs
- Pour 2 tbsp of honey (or more) into a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds
- The heat makes it thinner and easier to mix with the other ingredients
- Pour the milk substitute, vanilla extract, and honey into a bowl and whisk quickly until there is no more honey at the bottom of the bowl
- Add the chia seeds to the liquid, whisking as your pour them in
- Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes, whisking about every 10 minutes (you'll notice it will keep getting thicker)
- If after 30 minutes the pudding is still a bit liquid, you can just place it in the fridge until it becomes harder/thicker
- In the meantime, slice up your figs. I used dried figs and cut them into four
- Spoon the pudding into containers and top with the figs and walnuts
- Store any extra pudding in the fridge
This recipe makes for a slightly sweet pudding. If you would like it sweeter you can use a sweetened milk substitute or add more honey/maple syrup.
You can also add a squeeze of lemon juice to the pudding.