Make-Ahead Chia Pudding Breakfast with Everly!

Back to school season is chaotic enough -- wouldn’t it be great if you could save yourself some precious morning time by making breakfast in advance? Enter: Chia seed pudding. With one bowl and less than 5 ingredients, you can whip up a quick, uber-healthy breakfast that the whole family can customize to their liking.


The secret to a delicious chia seed pudding is, well - in the pudding. Basic chia pudding recipes call for chia seeds, milk (dairy or non-dairy), vanilla extract, and some sort of sweetener, typically maple syrup or honey. This recipe is great for adults, but might be a little bland for your littles.


For a fun, hydrating twist, I’ve added Everly - an all-natural, sugar-free drink mix sweetened with stevia - to this pudding recipe. Everly comes in four irresistible flavors that you and your kids will love: Pomegranate Berry, Peach Mango, Strawberry Lemonade, and Fruit Punch. The taste might remind of you of another famous powdered drink mix - but, magically enough, Everly is made with only natural, whole foods ingredients - and none of the sugar, dyes, or preservatives of the other stuff. The result is a fruity, lightly sweetened, fun breakfast pudding that your kids will love!

 

Chia puddings are incredibly popular on Pinterest right now, but Pinners beware - many of the recipes cancel out the health benefits of the omega 3-rich chia seeds by adding a ton of sugary toppings. Adding Everly adds sweetness without sugar - top these puddings with sliced fresh fruit for a low-sugar, nutritious breakfast! Although dried fruit might be easier to keep on hand, it generally adds a ton more sugar than the fresh stuff. I’ve listed my favorite topping combinations below, playing off of the fruits in each Everly flavor.  


A few tips: Mix together all ingredients except the chia seeds first, then add the chia seeds. The seeds tend to clump together, making it harder to distribute your flavors evenly. Also, I like storing my chia seed puddings in small jelly Ball jars - the lid is great for storing in the fridge and keeping messes contained on the go! The puddings are best eaten within 3-4 days of making them - so consider making a batch or two on Sunday and one on Wednesday to last you through the week!

Happy back to school season friends!

Power-Packed Chia Pudding Recipe

Makes four servings.

Ingredients

⅔ cup organic chia seeds (such as Mamma Chia)

1.5 cup milk of choice (I recommend coconut or almond milk)

1 tsp. or more Everly drink mix, depending on taste preference (flavor of choice)

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp. ground flaxseed, optional


Directions

  1. Stir milk, Everly, vanilla, salt, and flaxseed, if using, together in a bowl.
  2. Whisk the chia seeds in. Make you sure eliminate all clumps!
  3. Store in the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Enjoy within 3-4 days with your toppings of choice!

Topping Ideas

Pomegranate Berry

  • Ready-to-eat pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Sliced fresh strawberries

 

Peach Mango

  • Sliced fresh peaches
  • Sliced fresh mango
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes

 

Strawberry Lemonade

  • Sliced fresh strawberries

 

Fruit Punch

  • Fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  • Ready-to-eat pomegranate seeds

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