8 Delicious Chia Seed Pudding Paleo Desserts

Eating a Paleo diet and slimming your waistline doesn’t mean you can’t have desserts. It takes some adjusting from what you’re used to, but it isn’t impossible. This article has 8 paleo dessert recipes for chia pudding.

A big part of changing the way you eat is getting yourself out of old habits.

And breaking your snacking habits or regular dessert habits, can go along way to eating healthier.

But what’s great about chia seed pudding is that you don’t break your Paleo diet, and it’s low carb too. (To stay low carb just be aware of what you’re adding in to it.)

If you want a beginner’s guide to Paleo, check out my “What is the Paleo Diet?” article. It doesn’t list everything about Paleo, but it’ll get you started.

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How to Make Chia Seed Pudding – A Tasty Paleo Dessert

What’s very cool about chia seed pudding is that it’s super easy to make.

It only requires two ingredients in its most basic form.

And you can combine the chia seeds with a few different non-dairy liquids to make a tasty Paleo dessert.

Non-dairy milk options include almond milk, cashew milk and coconut milk. And you can even combine it with fruit juices, but this will raise the carbohydrate count.


Basic Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

It is extremely easy to make paleo chia seed pudding. The base pudding is just the chia seeds and the non-dairy milk.

Chia seeds measured out and some almond milk..ready to combine


I like to combine the chia seeds and almond milk in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.

This is because you have to stir the mixture or shake it real well.

But even with vigorous shaking the chia seeds may still clump along the bottom of the glass (as shown in the picture below).


I needed to use a spoon to stir in the settled seeds

In the batch I made above I thought I may have ruined it, but it is really hard to ruin.
I just needed to get a spoon and stir the seeds around then put back in the fridge for a while.


And did I have to climb to the mountains of Bolivia to read ancient texts to uncover this recipe?

No.

The recipe is right on the back of the bag of Chia seeds that I bought from Costco.

For a Paleo Chia Seed Pudding:

Combine 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds to 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (or water).

Then once combined I let it sit in the fridge: preferably for a few hours. This will thicken up into a nice ‘creamy’ pudding.



8 Delicious Paleo Desserts – Chia Seed Pudding Variations

I have made some of these tasty Paleo chia seed puddings myself, and some of them I discovered on the internet.

Some of the recipes I found on other Paleo sites may have slightly different preparation instructions than I have, so I encourage you to follow the links to their recipe to get it straight from the recipe creators.


1) Berry Chia Seed Pudding

This is a simple yet tasty recipe for creating an antioxidant-rich chia seed pudding. The berries will provide a dash of summer regardless of the time of year you eat this paleo dessert.

I discovered this recipe on eatwell101.com

Full recipe is available here.

Paleo desserts - berry chia seed
from eatwell101.com



2) Chia Seed Pudding with Chopped Walnuts

Preparing your base chia seed pudding and then topping with chopped walnuts is a great way to provide opposite textures.

The chia seed pudding has a smooth, creamy feel, while the walnuts provide a satisfying ‘CRUNCH.’ These opposites really do work well together.

To sweeten it slightly you could stir in a drizzle of honey or add some sliced ripe bananas.



3) Lemon Chia Pudding Recipe

I discovered this Paleo dessert recipe on the mother and daughter duo over at simplysohealthy.com

I wouldn’t have thought lemon would go with chia seed pudding, but it works.

Full recipe is available here.

Paleo desserts - Lemon chia seed pudding
from simplysohealthy.com



4) Chia Seed Pudding with Banana Slices and Almond Butter

A lot of people love having peanut butter with banana slices, but since peanuts are a legume, they are not allowed on a Paleo diet.

What is a person to do?

Well for starter they could try this paleo dessert where you take your base chia seed pudding, stir in some almond butter (you may have to warm it slightly to loosen it up), then top with banana slices.

You can also try tossing the banana and almond butter in the blender first, whipping them up, then stir the mixture into your base chia seed pudding.

Paleo desserts - bananas add a touch of natural sweetness
Image by Ajale from Pixabay



5) Chia Seed Pudding with a Dollop of Honey

This is a straight forward paleo dessert, but its tasty: purely smooth!

The nice thing about the Paleo diet is that honey is allowed. Whereas on a strict Keto diet you’d have to eliminate or reduce honey, and at the very least count the number of carbs you’re eating in the honey.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should eat a jar of honey per day.

Just add a touch of honey to provide a bit of sweetness without bombarding your pancreas with tons of sugar to deal with.
All carbohydrates that you eat gets converted into sugar whether it comes from potatoes, bread or honey, so if weightloss is your goal: go easy.

Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay



6) Low carb Coconut Matcha Chia seed pudding

To be honest I haven’t tried this particular paleo dessert yet (I don’t have matcha in my house). But I have sprinkled coconut flakes over my chia seed pudding and I loved it. It provided a nice little crunch.

A lot of people don’t reserve chia seed pudding as just a dessert – but instead they eat it for breakfast.

Preparing the base pudding the night before, and letting it set in the refrigerator overnight will provide you with a quick and easy breakfast the next day.

Full recipe is available here.

Paleo Desserts - chia seed matcha pudding with coconut flakes
from simplysohealthy.com



7. Vanilla Berry Chia Seed Pudding

I came across this tasty chia seed pudding recipe while I was browsing Danielle Walker’s website: againstallgrain.com

I like vanilla. I’m one of those “weird” people who would buy vanilla ice cream at the store.

Dairy is not allowed on a strict paleo diet, but thanks to this recipe, I don’t have to go without some creamy vanilla goodness.

Full recipe is available here.

Paleo desserts - vanilla berry chia seed pudding
from Danielle Walker’s againstallgrain.com



8. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

At the time I’m writing this the summer is winding down and the beautiful fall colors will soon be upon us ushering in the pumpkin season (I mean autumn).

But it doesn’t matter what time of year you’re reading this because this can make a great Paleo dessert all year long.

Full recipe is available here.

Paleo Desserts - pumpkin chia seed pudding
Pumpkin pie chia seed pudding from againstallgrain.com



Conclusion

I hope you enjoy these tasty chia seed pudding variations.

Chia seed pudding can be a satisfying paleo dessert that is easy to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.


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Thank you, Tim.

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