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Vanilla Coconut Flax Seed Pudding (Vegan, Grain-Free Dessert)

This quick Vanilla Flax Seed Pudding is creamy and smooth, rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, fiber, and plant proteins. With just 5 ingredients, it’s the perfect low histamine dessert, breakfast, or snack, no matter how you flavor it.

About this recipe

Simple Enough for Beginners: beyond being one of the best flaxseed recipes for weight loss, 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 flaxseed 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 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).

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 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.

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.

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.

Coconut Chips: an optional ingredient, these delightful crisps are relatively easy to find and add a bit of crunch to the entire dish.

How to make flax seed pudding: step-by-step instructions

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

Step 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.

Step 3. After your pudding has set, take it out of the fridge and top it with your chopped frozen fruit, candied seeds, or even nut butter of choice (see notes for more ideas).

Recipe notes & tips

Refrigeration Time: leaving prepared food to sit in the fridge for a whole hour may make some of you nervous. So if you need to cut down on the fridge time, you can use 1/2 Tablespoon extra flax meal and refrigerate it for just half an hour, then eat what you want and freeze the rest.

Can I Freeze This?: yes! I’ve managed to leave flax puddings in the coldest parts of my fridge, and they end up like a melty snow ice cream, with a softer freeze the higher fat the milk. So like with my chia & flax pudding, 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.

Customizing Flavors: while the base flaxseed pudding tastes a lot like melted vanilla ice cream with bit of coconut for texture, if you have this regularly, there are several delicious ways to change up the flavor. If you’re not eating low histamine, you could even add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it chocolatey.

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

alternative version where you put the coconut chips on top

FAQ About Flax Seed Pudding

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.

How long does flax seed pudding last?

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

Can I use whole flax seeds to make pudding?

No, unlike chia seeds, flaxseeds must be ground up to increase their surface area before you can make use of their gelling powers.

Can I grind my own flax meal for pudding?

Technically yes, you can, but even with a very high-powered blender, you’re unlikely to reach the same level of fineness as a pre-ground flax meal, meaning that your flax pudding will gel unevenly.

Are flax seeds the same as linseeds?

Yes! Flaxseeds and linseeds are the same thing, but just remember to use flax seed meal rather than whole flax seeds.

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Vanilla Coconut Flax Seed Pudding

Vanilla Coconut Flax Seed Pudding

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Rich & creamy flaxseed pudding with a vanilla ice cream-like finish and a dreamy consistency, perfect for a vegan snack or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup milk of choice (I like macadamia or coconut)
  • 5 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds (flax meal)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup (non-vegan alt. honey)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut chips (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • Optional Toppings (frozen fruit, chopped dates, candied pistachios, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Measure the milk, flax seed meal, maple syrup, vanilla powder, coconut chips (if using), and salt 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 pudding has set, take it out of the fridge and top it with your chopped frozen fruit, candied seeds, or even nut butter of choice (see notes).

Notes

Fridge Time: leaving prepared food to sit in the fridge for a whole hour may make some of you nervous. So if you need to cut down on the fridge time, you can use 1/2 Tablespoon extra flax meal and refrigerate it for just half an hour, then eat what you want and freeze the rest.

Can I Freeze This?: yes! I've managed to leave flax puddings in the coldest parts of my fridge, and they end up like a melty snow ice cream, with a softer freeze the higher fat the milk. So like with my chia & flax pudding, 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.

Customizing Flavors: while the base flaxseed pudding tastes a lot like melted vanilla ice cream with bit of coconut for texture, if you have this regularly, there are several delicious ways to change up the flavor. If you're not eating low histamine, you could even add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it chocolatey.

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

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