Before switching to Paleo, one of my go-to breakfasts was oatmeal. I would eat it with chopped up bananas or fresh berries and be all set, for a couple hours that is. While it may have been a fairly healthy breakfast compared to the standard American diet, I ended up being hungry and having to have a snack before lunch. Clearly I was missing some protein and healthy fats to tie me over.
Now that I eat Paleo, oatmeal has been kicked to the curb. While I don’t crave it very often anymore, I’ve become obsessed with chia seeds and thought they would make a great oatmeal or pudding-like breakfast. Who doesn’t want a delicious “pudding” for breakfast? If you are new to chia seeds, they are black little seeds that are high in omega-3 fatty acid, fiber and are known to reduce inflammation in the body. I prefer these over flax seeds because apparently flax seeds need to be ground up for your body to fully benefit and digest them.
Heidi shared a great study from JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday linking refined sugar in the diet to cardiovascular disease so I set out to create a breakfast that’s not only toddler & Paleo diet friendly but delicious and void of refined sugars. The sweetness comes from ripe bananas.
Paleo Breakfast Pudding
-2 tablespoons chia seeds (I use these chia seeds)
-1 cup almond or coconut milk
-1 tablespoon almond butter
-1 small ripe banana (the riper the banana, the sweeter it is)
-1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-tablespoon chopped nuts or our Pumpkin Spiced Trail Mix (optional)
-additional fruit (optional)
Add the chia seeds and almond milk to a small lidded container (I used a mason jar) and shake. Place in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of an hour so the chia seeds can soak up the almond milk. The next morning, mash your banana with the almond butter, vanilla and pumpkin spice. Add the banana mixture to the chia seeds (they should have absorbed all the liquid) and mix ingredients together. If the mixture is still loose, you can add a little more chia seeds until the consistency is to your liking. Top with chopped nuts or additional fruit. Also, if you are still getting used to the chia seeds texture, you can blend half of the mixture in a blender for a smoother consistency similar to cream of wheat.
This is totally customizable too. If you aren’t a fan of bananas, you can switch up the mashed bananas with homemade applesauce and add blueberries or pineapple for a more tropical feel.
What are you favorite breakfast items? If you have switched your diet recently, what items do you miss the most?