Sunbutter Chia Pudding

Ali Segersten Jul 11, 2022 8 comments

Chia pudding made with real food ingredients is a powerhouse of nutrientsespecially important for growing, active children! This nut- and dairy-free pudding recipe is rich in polyphenols, protein, healthy fats, fiber, complex carbohydrates, calcium, and magnesium. In fact, one serving contains over 13 grams of protein, 29 grams of healthy fats, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, and over 230mg of calcium! 

Chia seeds also have a high antioxidant activity due to their high levels of various polyphenols. Not only can this lower inflammation throughout the body by reducing free radicals, but polyphenols also act as pre-biotics in the gut, promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria! Chia seeds have been consumed for thousands of years and need to be soaked or ground to allow for absorption of nutrients. Add them to smoothies, cookies, gluten-free bread, and healthy desserts like pudding

This nut- and dairy-free chia pudding recipe can be made with any type of unsweetened non-dairy milk. Try coconut milk, hemp milk, or oat milk! If you are not following a nut-free diet, try unsweetened almond milk! This recipe makes an ideal snack when following a Basic Elimination Diet or Full Elimination Diet. Sunbutter can be purchased locally or online. I always use organic Sunbutter, which is salt-free and unsweetened!


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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So the chia seeds aren’t ground in this recipe?

Nope, you leave them whole. :)

This is so yummy! Instead of sunflower seed butter I toasted 1.25 cups of sunflower seeds and blended them with the milk, sweetener and salt and put it on steel cut oats this morning with blueberries. 😋

Thanks for the feedback, Peggy! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

Thanks, I did another batch using 3/4 cup toasted seeds instead and I liked it much better, the first batch was very dense, this one was much lighter.

Thanks Peggy, I will have to try this version too. :)

Can you suggest an alternative to sun butter? I also don't tolerate coconut or cashew products. Thanks!

Hi Cynthia,

I would suggest using raw or roasted almond butter in place of the sunflower seed butter, and use unsweetened almond milk for the non-dairy milk. You can also add a few pinches of raw vanilla powder or a dash of vanilla extract if you would like. :)

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