I absolutely love chia pudding. It’s nutritious and delicious and can be thrown together in just minutes (literally minutes!) the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert.
Not only does this elderberry version look pretty, but it also tastes great and is packed with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, protein, and pre- & probiotics too! It’s also suitable for gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and keto diets.
Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are rich in fiber, minerals, plant protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats. In fact, just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain approximately 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate, 11 grams of which are fiber!
Elderberry has been used in traditional medicine for millennia for a variety of ailments, from burns to infections. Elderberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants including flavonols, anthocyanins, and phenolic acid. While more research is needed, studies suggest that elderberry extract may help support the immune system.*
- 1 can (1.5 cups) organic full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut or other milk-based kefir
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder or collagen peptides (omit for vegan variation)
- 4 scoops Flora Elderberry Crystals
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste (optional)
- 1/2 cup white chia seeds
- toppings (optional): fresh berries, grain-free granola, toasted coconut chips, nuts/seeds, bee pollen, etc.
- Combine coconut milk, kefir, protein or collagen powder, elderberry crystals, and vanilla into a bowl or blender container with whisk or blend on high until well-mixed. Sweeten to taste.
- Add chia seeds and whisk or pulse-blend until just combined.
- Pour into a bowl or single-serving mason jars and cover or seal tightly.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk or shake well and put in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Before serving, stir in additional non-dairy milk as needed for desired consistency and add your choice of toppings.
Elderberry Chia Protein Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
Dr. Tara’s passion is to inspire and empower others to experience the joy and richness of life. She embraces a holistic definition of health & wellness with a focus on lifestyle factors. For more info and delicious recipes, visit her website and find her on Instagram @DrTaraSunshine.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.