Pumpkin and chia seeds are so great together! I love making chia puddings and anything with pumpkin so I decided to combine the two together for pumpkin chia pudding with maple glazed walnut coconut crunch. This fantastic and easy recipe is great for dessert or a healthy snack. I created this delicious fall recipe for my lovely friend France’s blog at Beyond the Peel. France Sprague and her husband Joshua is the dynamic husband and wife team behind Beyond the Peel. I connected with France online when she visited my blog and left a wonderful comment. I visited her site and was so happy to find another real food lover and blogger.
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If you’re like me, you can’t resist a delicious dessert to finish your meal with. Pumpkin is one of my favorite squashes and I enjoy using it during the fall and winter months. Roasting pumpkin brings out a rich, caramelized flavor and creamy texture that just begs to be used in this chia pudding. Pumpkin Chia Pudding with Maple Glazed Walnut Coconut Crunch is one of those yummy desserts you will want to make again and again.
I make chia puddings all the time and I will share the links to two of my favorite recipes from my blog later. Chia seeds are great for using in puddings because they are hydrophilic and have the ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in liquid which will help thicken your puddings without cooking or using other thickening agents like cornstarch. This ability also makes chia seeds extremely hydrating and filling at the same time. I like to grind my chia seeds before using them in this recipe so that the texture is smooth and creamy. If you leave the seeds whole, you will have a texture similar to tapioca.
If you have never tried chia seeds before, you’re in for a treat! Chia seeds are really versatile because they have a neutral flavor that is easy to use in all sorts of recipes like puddings, smoothies, jams, energy bars, and cookies. In this recipe chia seeds blend seamlessly with the roasted pumpkin, sweet orange juice, maple syrup, and warming spices to create a creamy dessert that you can also enjoy for a snack too! Since I like to have a contrast in textures, I added an addicting walnut and coconut crunch that is glazed with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. You can enjoy the pudding with or without the crunch but I personally like it with the crunch!
Maple Glazed Walnut Coconut Crunch
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an amazing superfood! In the Mayan language chia stands for strength. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and fiber which are all important for detoxifying the body and keeping it strong. Chia seeds also help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, along with protecting the body from free radicals and degenerative diseases. These tiny seeds are truly a healthy addition to your diet.
Now that you know all about chia seeds and this tasty pudding, you need to pop over to Beyond the Peel and get my recipe! Click here to get it now. I promised earlier to share two of my favorite chia pudding recipes that are on my blog right now. The first recipe is one I created for my free 5 day healing whole foods detox cleanse. This lemon blueberry chia seed pudding recipe is so tasty, you won’t believe that it’s a sugar-free detox recipe. The second recipe for chia chocolate pumpkin mousse is a delightful, creamy chocolate mousse that is dairy-free. I hope you enjoy all my chia seeds recipes!
Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
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