Do you crave something sweet after a meal but don’t want to indulge in a calorie-laden dessert? Look no further than flaxseed pudding! This delicious dessert is easy to make and will leave you satisfied without the guilt. Get ready to indulge in a dessert that your taste buds (and body) will thank you for!
Discover the delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make 4-ingredient flax seed pudding. Get the complete guide to how to make your own tasty, nutritious, and vegan flax seed pudding.
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What is Flax Pudding?
Flax pudding is made from ground flaxseeds and a liquid, such as oat milk or soy milk. The result is a creamy, custard-like dessert that’s high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and other plant-based nutrients.
But it’s not just a dessert; flax seed pudding can also be enjoyed as a snack or breakfast option.
One of the key components of flax pudding is flaxseed, which is a tiny seed that packs a big nutritional punch. But it’s also a great thickener. That’s because ground flaxseeds absorb liquid and become gelatinous, which is why it’s perfect to make pudding.
Wondering how to make chia pudding? It begins with these ingredients:
- Flax seeds — It’s easy to find ground flax seeds, which you’ll need for this recipe.
- Plant-based milk — Use your favorite, such as soy milk, almond milk, creamy cashew milk, easy pecan milk, or even coconut milk. Nut milk and coconut milk produce the creamiest pudding.
- Cocoa Powder — Use either dutch-processed or natural cocoa powder for this recipe.
- Protein Powder — Using vanilla-flavored plant-based protein powder adds flavor and sweetness. If you’re not using protein powder, you should add a bit of vanilla extract and sweetener for flavor.
- Sweetener — Your protein powder may make this pudding sweet enough. Take a taste test and add some maple syrup or brown sugar if you’d like it sweeter. To make your flax pudding keto, use a zero-calorie sweetener.
How to Make Flax Seed Pudding
To create the perfect bowl of flax pudding, follow these steps:
- Stir together ground flax seeds and protein powder in a bowl.
- Pour in plant-based milk and stir to combine.
- Add the cocoa powder and let it sit for the powder to absorb the liquid. Then stir again.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Add your favorite toppings, such as coconut yogurt.
Flax Seed Pudding Benefits
Flaxseed is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It’s packed with so many health benefits, such as:
- Fiber — Flaxseed is high in fiber, which can help promote digestion, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Omega-3s — It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation.
- Lignans — Flaxseeds contain lignans, which are plant compounds that have so many health benefits.
- Protein — Additionally, it’s a good source of protein, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals.
These are just a few benefits of adding flax to your diet. [Source]
Flax Pudding Ratio
You want a ratio of ground flax seeds to liquid that will deliver the consistency you want in a pudding. Here are some options:
- Softer Pudding — Use 3 to 4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds per 1 cup of liquid
- Firmer Pudding — Use 5 tablespoons of ground flax seeds per 1 cup of liquid.
Adding more ground flax will make a firmer pudding, but it will also add more flaxseed flavor. If you would like a thicker pudding without the flax flavor, consider making chia flax pudding. That’s because chia seeds have a more neutral flavor.
Now that you’ve mastered the basic recipe for flax seed pudding, it’s time to experiment with different variations that suit your taste buds:
- Caramel — If you love the flavor of caramel, try a drizzle or two of date caramel syrup on top.
- Vanilla — Substitute vanilla protein powder for chocolate protein powder for an excellent vanilla flavor profile.
- Fruit — Adding fresh fruits, such as sliced strawberries or blueberries, can add bursts of color and flavor throughout the pudding.
- Texture — Add some chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, which can bring in a satisfying crunch and extra protein.
- Spices — Sprinkle spices like ground cinnamon or ground cardamom can lend warm, comforting notes to your pudding.
- Dried Fruit — Serving your pudding warm? Add dried fruit like raisins or dried strawberries before you heat it up to deliver soft, plump raisins throughout!
- Sweetness — If you prefer your pudding sweeter, add more maple syrup to the mixture or drizzle it on top.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match to find your perfect combination.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- HEALTHY — This yummy pudding is not only tasty, it’s full of nutrition, too!
- FAMILY FAVORITE — Get the kids involved. They can help with stirring or adding toppings like chocolate chips.
- MAKE-AHEAD — You can make a double batch and store it in the fridge or the freezer to serve the next day.
Can we mix flaxseed with milk?
Because flax absorbs liquid, it is a great idea to combine it with plant-based milk, like oat milk, to create thick sauces and puddings that you can enjoy for breakfast, snacks, and desserts.
Do flax seeds become gelatinous?
When ground flax seeds are soaked in liquids, like water, almond milk, or oat milk, they become gelatinous. It’s a perfect texture for making flax eggs, puddings or other healthy desserts.
Store pudding in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
In conclusion, flax pudding is more than just a tasty dessert option, it’s a nutritional powerhouse.
Plus, with the endless flavor variations and creative ways to use flaxseeds, there’s never a dull moment in the kitchen.
So go ahead, give flax pudding a try, and embrace the health benefits and delicious taste it has to offer.
Chocolate Flaxseed Pudding
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 5 tablespoons ground flax seeds (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder (substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup plant-based yogurt
- Toppings: Add chocolate chips, berries, granola, and more for toppings.
- Pour almond milk in a bowl. Add flax seeds and protein powder. Stir to combine.
- Add cocoa powder and let it sit for a minute before stirring.
- Stir everything together. Let it sit for one minute, then stir again. This helps prevents the ground seeds from clumping together.
- Take a taste test. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup or your favorite sweetener if it's not sweet enough.
- Serve it warm by heating it through or refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes to an hour to serve chilled.
- Serve as is or add toppings, such as granola, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, and more.
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Flax Pudding RatioFor thicker pudding, use 5 tablespoons of ground flax per 1 cup of liquid. For softer pudding, use 3 to 4 tablespoons of ground flax per 1 cup of liquid.
SweetnessMost plant-based protein powders are sweetened. If yours is not, be prepared to add your favorite sweeteners, such as maple syrup or agave nectar. For keto flax pudding, add zero-calorie sweetener, such as stevia. Even if your protein powder is sweetened, you may still want to add extra sweetness. Taste the pudding before adding it to the serving dish. Add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup or stevia to add more sweetness to your pudding.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.