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Simple Pumpkin Chia Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. It’s easy to put together and can be made a day or two ahead. Top with some fruit and you’ve got a satisfying grab-and-go breakfast.

If you’re not familiar with chia pudding, here’s a quick primer. Chia pudding is made by whisking chia seeds into a flavorful liquid. Given time and periodic whisking, the chia seeds soak up the liquid and form a gel. The result is a thick pudding with a chewy texture from the chia seeds. I find chia pudding to be more satiating than traditional pudding because of the texture the chia seeds provide. Plus, chia seed pudding is best when loaded with fresh toppings like fruit and nuts.
How to make chia pudding
This chia pudding recipe is made with pumpkin, Greek yogurt, almond milk and spices. If you’re looking for a vegan pumpkin chia pudding or basic vanilla chia pudding check out my other chia seed pudding recipes.

Simple Pumpkin Chia Pudding Recipe

1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I prefer full-fat or 2%)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (homemade or purchased, refrigerated almond milk)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chia seeds
Topping Suggestions:
Chopped fresh apple
Additional pumpkin pie spice
Toasted coconut
Toasted pecans

In a medium bowl whisk together pumpkin, yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Add chia seeds; whisk to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes, whisking occasionally to distribute chia seeds. Once the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid and the mixture has thickened, spoon the chia pudding into 4 small glasses. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to thicken the pudding. (The pudding can be stored in the fridge up to 2 days.)

Add desired toppings before serving. My favorite way to serve the pudding is topped with a chopped fresh apple and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice. Another option is topping with toasted coconut and pecans.

Makes 4 servings

Easy Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
I’m a good cook, but I’m lousy at cooking oatmeal on the stovetop. We’re talking boiling over incidents and scorched pan bottoms. Soaking a pan for 3 days in an attempt to liberate burnt oatmeal shouldn’t be a routine part of making breakfast.

Thankfully, baked oatmeal is super easy to make and practically foolproof. Plus, you can bake in extra flavor, like this hearty oatmeal flavored with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Recipe
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup half and half (light cream)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Toppings: Greek yogurt, additional pumpkin pie spice, chopped fresh apple, toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, salt and vanilla. Whisk in half and half and water. Stir in oats.

Pour oat mixture into 2-quart square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more until liquid is absorbed and oats are tender.

Serve with desired toppings such as Greek yogurt and additional pumpkin pie spice. The oatmeal also tastes great topped with chopped fresh apple and toasted pecans.

Makes 4 servings (1 cup each)

Pumpkin Spice Power Smoothie Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Power Smoothie
A sure sign of fall is the general frenzy around pumpkin spice drinks. I can get behind the love for all things pumpkin spice, especially in the form of a not-too-sweet pumpkin power smoothie.

This breakfast smoothie is made with Greek yogurt, almond milk, pumpkin puree and of course, spices. The addition of banana sweetens the smoothie and adds a creamy texture. If you love a bit more sweetness, add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Pumpkin Spice Power Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I prefer full fat or 2%)
1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 medium banana, cut-up
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
Pure maple syrup or honey, if needed

Add yogurt, pumpkin, almond milk, banana, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness; add maple syrup or honey, if needed. Pour into a glass. If desired, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Makes 1 serving (about 1 3/4 cups)

Tip: If you love the flavor of cloves or nutmeg, add a dash of those spices before blending your smoothie. You can also use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon and ginger.

More Pumpkin Spice Deliciousness:
Pumpkin Spice Smoothies from Drink and Cocktail Recipes
Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding from Eating Clean Recipes
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake from White on Rice Couple

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