Flaxseed Pudding is made with ground flaxseed, plant milk, maple syrup and vanilla. It’s a super healthy and easy breakfast or snack that’s easy to make and loaded with protein, healthy fats and fiber. It's made with almond milk which makes it vegan, paleo and keto friendly.
Move away chia, here comes flaxseed! Seriously, if you know and love chia seed puddings, you MUST try this recipe. When I tried it for the first time I was really blown away by how delicious flaxseed tastes in this form. Its natural nutty flavor is enhanced with vanilla, slight sweetness from maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Flaxseed pudding is a super easy and quick breakfast or snack.
- It is ready in as little as 30 minutes!
- Flaxseed is a superfood packed with plant-based protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins and Omega-3s (healthy fats).
- One serving takes provides 55% of your recommended daily fiber intake!
- It is low-carb, gluten free, paleo friendly and vegan.
- You can make this pudding Whole30 friendly if you swap maple syrup for a mashed banana or blend it with dates.
- Flaxseed has a natural nutty flavor which makes this pudding unexpectedly delicious!
- It is highly customizable. Mix in your favorite fruit, nuts, nut butters or cocoa to shake things up and make it yours.
- Great for meal prep and make ahead breakfast on the go. Just pop it in jars and have 3 fabulous breakfasts to grab throughout the week.
- It is pure fun to make and eat!
- My other favorite easy vegan breakfast is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blended Baked Oats.
Ground Flaxseed (Flaxseed Meal): my favorite ground flaxseed is Golden Flaxseed Meal by Bob’s Red Mill
Plant Milk: any unsweetened plant milk will work. Almond milk is what I used but soy, coconut and oat milk will all work.
Vanilla: use real vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste for best results
Maple Syrup: for a touch of natural sweetness. Mine is always from Maine.
Sea Salt (optional): to balance out the flavors
HOW TO MAKE FLAXSEED PUDDING
Combine ground flaxseed with plant milk in a medium bowl or a jar. Stir in vanilla, maple syrup and salt and mix well. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight to thicken. It may be ready to eat in as little as 30 minutes but I recommend waiting a little longer for the best pudding-like texture.
If you want individual portions, transfer the pudding into 3 small jars. I like these super cute tulip jelly jars with glass lids.
SERVING AND STORAGE SUGGESTIONS
I made three individual puddings and topped them with:
- Strawberries and chopped almonds
- Fresh banana slices, walnuts and honey
- Blueberries and unsweetened coconut
I loved all 3 of them but there are so many other ways you can dress up your flaxseed pudding! Top it with whatever you would put on top of oatmeal or yogurt. Here are some topping suggestions to make the pudding more fun and nutritious:
- Fresh or stewed berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
- Chopped bananas, apples, pears or peaches
- Chopped nuts: walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or almonds
- Dried fruit such as dates, raisins, apricots or figs
- Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Nut butter
- Dairy or plant-based yogurt
- A drizzle of honey or maple syrup
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS
Flaxseed pudding is naturally vegan, gluten free and paleo. To make it Whole30 compliant, use unsweetened almond or coconut milk and sweeten the pudding with a small mashed banana instead of maple syrup. You can also place all ingredients (minus maple syrup) in a blender with a couple dates (2-3) and blend until smooth.
For extra creamy flaxseed pudding, use full fat canned coconut milk. If you want chocolate flavored flaxseed pudding, add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder when stirring together all pudding ingredients. Mix well and serve with some mini chocolate chips for an extra crunch.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GROUND FLAXSEED
Flaxseed (or flax seeds) is a superfood that’s loaded with nutrients and well known and prized for their health benefits. Here are some of them:
- Good source of plant-based protein that will keep you full for hours.
- Packed with antioxidants, which help prevent and fight certain cancers.
- High in good fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, flaxseed can be the best source of omega-3 fats typically found in fish.
- Loaded with dietary fiber. One tablespoon of flaxseed contains 2 grams of carbs, 1.9 grams of which is fiber. Because of that flaxseed pudding is ok in small amounts in low-carb diets.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does flaxseed pudding keep in the fridge?
Flaxseed pudding is a great option for make ahead breakfasts. Make a batch and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Is flaxseed pudding Whole30 approved?
Yes, as long as you use almond or coconut milk (no soy or oat) and swap the maple syrup for mashed banana or dates.
What is the difference of flaxseed and chia seeds?
They are two separate kinds of seeds though they have similar nutritional value. Both flaxseed and chia seeds are high in protein, omega-3 fats, dietary fiber and antioxidants. Chia seeds have a blander flavor while flaxseed tastes slightly nutty.
Is flaxseed healthier than chia seeds?
It depends on what health benefits you are looking for. Flaxseed has more omega-3 fats than chia (12 grams in 1 ounce) but chia seeds are slightly lower in calories and have a bit more fiber (11 grams in one ounce, as opposed to 8 grams in one ounce of flaxseed). Bottom line is that they are both very healthy and nutritionally valuable.
Is there a difference between brown and golden flaxseed?
There is very little difference in terms of nutrition. Both golden and brown flaxseed will work in this pudding.
Can I use whole flaxseed instead of ground flaxseed?
No. Mixing whole flaxseed with liquid will not produce pudding-like consistency. Moreover, whole flax seeds pass through your body which does not allow for proper absorption of all the great nutrients flaxseed has to offer. Ground is better!
What’s the best way to grind flaxseed at home?
Can I skip the sweetener?
Of course! You can definitely make unsweetened flaxseed pudding, especially if you’re on a keto or low-carb diet.
Can I use dairy milk instead of plant milk?
Yes, absolutely! It won’t be vegan friendly anymore but it will definitely work.
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Flaxseed Pudding is made with ground flaxseed, plant milk, maple syrup and vanilla. It’s a super healthy breakfast for snack that’s easy to make and loaded with protein, healthy fats and fiber.
1 cup ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal)
1 and ⅔ cups unsweetened plant milk such (almond, oat, coconut, soy)
1.5-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt (optional)
- Mix ground flaxseed and all other ingredients in a bowl or a jar, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight to thicken.
- If desired, transfer into 3 small jars or containers and top with fresh or dried fruit and nuts before serving.
If you prefer thicker pudding, use 1.5 cups of milk instead of 1 and ⅔ cups. If you prefer thinner consistency, more porridge-like, use 2 cups of milk.
To sweeten the pudding, you can also use honey, coconut sugar or sweetener of your choice. To make this pudding Whole30 friendly, use a small mashed banana.
Ground flaxseed loses freshness easily. To prevent it from going rancid, store it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. You can also grind it in a spice grinder or coffee grinder right before making the pudding.
My favorite brand of flaxseed meal to use is Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed Meal.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Chilling time: 1 hour
- Category: breakfast, dessert
- Cuisine: American
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