This spiced apple chia pudding recipe comes together in just minutes. Great as a dessert or snack, it tastes like apple pie & is a GREAT source of fiber!
We initially started whipping them up as a healthy breakfast recipe option when we were moving from Minneapolis to Ontario - and living in a camper.
Beyond being a delicious breakfast, it was an easy thing to make with such a limited kitchen - just a few basic ingredients, meal prep friendly, and kept well.
We’d mix a few up in small mason jars, keeping them in the fridge for a great breakfast on the go.
... But I never bothered to blog any of those recipes! Righting that wrong, now!
It may feel really seasonal - and it is a GREAT fall dessert! - but it makes a great breakfast any time of year.
The best part?
Those little seeds are loaded with nutritional benefits!
While we use them for their high fiber content, they also contain a bunch of antioxidants, fatty acids, minerals, and more!
I love it when I can disguise healthy food as a hearty dessert!
Anyway, let’s get to it...
This recipe uses some very simple ingredients, but I do have a few notes for you:
Chia Seeds are the main ingredient of this recipe, and a great way to pack some essential minerals, soluble fiber, essential amino acids, and even a little extra protein into a healthy dessert.
If you remember the tiny little seeds you’d spread over those Bob Ross Chia Pets back in the 90s, same thing.
Now, though, they’re more known for their health benefits - like some powerful antioxidants, and having 4 grams of fiber per tablespoon.
They’re what thickens the pudding, as chia can absorb many times its weight in liquid, and forms a kind of gel, in doing so.
White Chia Seeds are another option - they work the same, but kind of disappear into the pudding, rather than show as tiny black dots throughout.
I love using fresh fruit in my chia pudding recipes, in this case it’s shredded apples.
I tend to use Granny Smith apples for chia pudding throughout the year, aside from the fall months. At that point, it’s ALL Mutsu, all the time!
That said, you can use whatever apples you like and have on hand. Don’t worry if they’re tart, as the recipe does have added sugar in it.
Also, as a heads up - my recipe involves microwaving the apple a bit, to preserve the colour in the final pudding.
If you want to skip that step, you can use a little fresh lemon juice mixed in with the shredded apple, instead.
I use Unsweetened Almond Milk when making any chia pudding, but you can use the milk of your choice.
Regular milk is a great option for those who can handle it, I tend to use non-dairy milk so I can mostly keep my milk consumption to cheese 🙂
There are a ton of great plant-based milk options out there. I’m not even vegetarian, and I prefer them to real milk - they taste better, and don’t bother my sinuses!
I tend to stay away from soy milk, myself, but it would definitely work as well.
Rounding out this recipe, you’ll need:
Additionally, you can garnish your puddings!
My husband likes a swirl of whipped cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg, and sometimes some chopped nuts.
As I’m watching my carbs, I’ll usually just put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of my chia pudding (and I also swap the brown sugar out for Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute.
How to Make Apple Chia Pudding
The full recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post, here’s a visual walk through.
Mix apple, sugar, spices, and salt, microwave for 1 minute.
Add remaining ingredients, stir well.
Allow to sit for 20 minutes, stir again, and divide into 2 serving cups.
Garnish as desired, and serve.
If you’re not serving it right away, cover each serving cup with plastic wrap, and it will keep for 3 days in the fridge.
Alternately, don’t divide it out into the cups, and just store the whole batch in an airtight container. Give it a stir and dole it out just before serving.
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Easy Spiced Apple Chia Pudding
- 1 Apple peeled and shredded
- 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Mix apple, sugar, spices, and salt, microwave for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients, stir well.
- Allow to sit for 20 minutes, stir again, and divide into 2 serving cups.
- Chill for at least 2 hours.
- Garnish as desired, and serve.