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Easy Chia & Flax Seed Pudding (3 Variations)

Beyond being one of the best flaxseed recipes for weight loss, this quick Chia and Flaxseed Pudding is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, fiber, and plant proteins. With just 5 ingredients, it’s the perfect low histamine snack, breakfast, or dessert, no matter how you choose to customize it.

About this recipe

Simple Enough for Beginners: this is one of the first sweets recipes I’ve developed since going grain-free a couple months ago, so I know it’s easy enough for beginners and home chefs alike.

Low Histamine Snack: you could serve this flax seed and chia pudding in individual dishes as a dessert or pre-made breakfast (similar to overnight oats), but I like to make a single batch and eat as much as I want, guilt-free, and then freeze the rest for snacks later on.

Vegan, Grain-Free, & Dairy-Free: flax and chia seed pudding can be made with any type of milk, any sweetener (or none), and any flavoring that you’d like. That makes it safe for almost any intolerances you have or diet you may find yourself on, including the low histamine diet.

Ingredients

Full-Fat Milk: you can use any type of milk you’d like in this recipe, but I’d highly recommend trying a homemade non-dairy milk (though for store-bought I like macadamia or coconut).

Chia Seeds: these tiny seeds are an inflammation-fighting low histamine seed, packed with both protein and fiber. They’re rich in short-chain omega-3 fats that help fight inflammation on a cellular level, and are quite plain-tasting, so they can be customized. Using them in chia and flax pudding is similar to using them as a thickener or a vegan egg replacement.

Flax Seed Meal: Flax meal is a low histamine way to get your daily fiber or replace eggs in a recipe, though it’s the latter characteristic which help them gel so beautifully into a chia and flax seed pudding. In addition to their fiber content, they’re also low in oxalates & lectins and rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which may fight inflammation.

Vanilla Powder: this adds a mild sense of sweetness and complexity to the blue latte, without the need for any extra sugar. Vanilla also does a great job at complementing almost any other flavor you’d like to add.

Honey or Maple Syrup: there are a multitude of low histamine sweeteners you can use in flax seed pudding, but by far my favorite is honey. Not only is it great for the digestive system, but manuka honey has been proven to lessen allergy symptoms, like those of histamine intolerance. A vegan honey alternative is maple syrup.

How to make chia & flaxseed pudding: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Measure the milk, chia seeds, flax meal, vanilla powder (if using), and salt (plus maple syrup, if using) out into a bowl and mix well, for about one minute.

Step 2. Pour your flax & chia pudding mixture into a glass container, and then set it in the fridge for an hour or longer so that it can gellify.

Step 3. After your flaxseed and chia pudding has set, take it out of the fridge and top it with your flavorings of choice. Below are my 3 favorite variations of flax & chia pudding.

3 Variations

  1. Chopped frozen fruit of choice + candied pumpkin seeds and fresh pomegranate arils for a bright tang.
  2. Vanilla powder & protein powder with toasted coconut, topped with granola.
  3. Swirls of homemade cherry jam alternating with macadamia nut butter.

Recipe notes & tips

Refrigeration Time: a whole hour in the fridge, however cold, may worry some of you. If you want to cut down on the necessary setting time, however, you can use 1 Tablespoon less milk and refrigerate it for just half an hour.

Can I Freeze This?: yes! The first batch I made actually ended up in a very cold corner of my fridge, and by the beginning of hour 2 it had become a snow-like sweet treat. Now I like to make a regular batch and eat all I want, then freeze the rest in individual servings and top it right before eating (it’s like a crunchy vanilla nice cream).

Customizing Flavors: while the base chia flax pudding with vanilla powder & maple syrup tastes like melted vanilla ice cream, there are several delicious ways to change up the flavor. If you’re not eating low histamine, you could add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it chocolatey.

But if you are on a low histamine diet, here are some flavor ideas:

FAQ About Chia & Flaxseed Pudding

How long does chia & flaxseed pudding last?

This chia and flax pudding can keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day, or in the freezer for up to three months.

Are chia or flax seeds healthier?

Both flax and chia seeds are great low-calorie sources of fiber and protein. But chia seeds have a bit more fiber & are richer in calcium, iron, and phosphorus, while flax seeds have significantly higher levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, so it depends on which nutrients you need most.

Do I have to use even ratios of flax seeds to chia seeds?

No! If you want to use more of one or the other you can, as they’ll set equally as fast. For a smoother flavor, I actually often like to use a 1:2 ratio of chia to flax, but I prefer more chia seeds when I’m having it with fruit.

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Chia & Flax Seed Pudding (3 Variations)

Chia & Flax Seed Pudding (3 Variations)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

A customizable chia and flax seed pudding with three flavor variations from fruity and nutty to a not-so-plain vanilla!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup milk of choice (I like coconut milk)
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • dash of salt
  • Optional 2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey
  • Optional favorite frozen fruit, roughly chopped
  • Optional nut butter & toasted pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Measure the milk, chia seeds, flax meal, vanilla powder, and salt (plus maple syrup, if using) out into a bowl and mix well, for about one minute.
  2. Pour your pudding mixture into a glass container, and then set it in the fridge for an hour or longer so that it can gellify.
  3. After your flaxseed and chia pudding has set, take it out of the fridge and top it with your flavorings of choice. Below are my 3 favorite variations of flax & chia pudding:
  • Chopped frozen fruit of choice + candied pumpkin seeds and fresh pomegranate arils for a bright tang.
  • Vanilla powder & protein powder with toasted coconut, topped with granola.
  • Swirls of homemade cherry jam alternating with macadamia nut butter.

Notes

Refrigeration Time: a whole hour in the fridge, however cold, may worry some of you. If you want to cut down on the necessary setting time, however, you can use 1 Tablespoon less milk and refrigerate it for just half an hour.

Can I Freeze This?: yes! The first batch I made actually ended up in a very cold corner of my fridge, and by the beginning of hour 2 it had become a snow-like sweet treat. Now I like to make a regular batch and eat all I want, then freeze the rest in individual servings and top it right before eating (it's like a crunchy vanilla nice cream).

Customizing Flavors: while the base chia flax pudding with vanilla powder & maple syrup tastes like melted vanilla ice cream, there are several delicious ways to change up the flavor. If you're not eating low histamine, you could add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it chocolatey.

But if you are on a low histamine diet, here are some more flavor ideas: candied pecans, hemp seeds, macadamia nut butter, toasted pumpkin seeds, homemade jam, pomegranate seeds, fresh blueberries, granola, shredded coconut, protein powder, frozen fruits, or stewed apples.

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