This Pretty in Pink Overnight Chia Pudding is a colourful twist on your traditional chia seed pudding. Given a pink colour by the beetroot powder, this pudding is a healthy and filling breakfast or snack!
Chia pudding is one of my go-to healthy breakfast recipes. It’s thick silky texture almost makes you feel like you are eating a great dessert for breakfast. Add your favourite toppings to dress it up and this recipe will easily become one of your favourites.
Better, yet it is another recipe that is best made ahead of time. If you have been following me for a bit you will know how much of a fan I am of meal prep and make-ahead breakfasts like these Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes or Strawberry Rhubarb Overnight Oats.
I like to make these on a Sunday night and then have a few for the busy morning ahead. When I make healthy snacks and breakfasts like these in advance it is so much easier to stay on track with eating healthy vs. grabbing some Corn Pops (my nemesis) or lunging into a bag of cookies…cookies do taste amazing dipped in coffee… but better not to be tempted!
Ingredients & Substitutions You’ll Need
- Almond Milk – Or substitute any non-dairy milk of your choice.
- Chia Seeds – This is the key ingredient to getting that thick texture. They have almost no flavour so not only are perfect for making pudding but they are easy to pair with your favourite breakfast flavours… like a chocolate chia pudding, or vanilla with berries.
- Beetroot Powder – Adds the beautiful pink hue and health benefits… more about that later!
- Ground Cinnamon – Because cinnamon goes well in almost any breakfast snack.
- Vanilla Extract – Sweeten it up!
- Maple Syrup – Or another sweetener of choice.
- Vegan yogurt – Totally optional and any yogurt will do… it doesn’t have to be vegan unless of course, you are vegan.
HOw to make pink Overnight chia pudding
In a medium bowl mix the chia seeds, beetroot powder and cinnamon until combined.
Add the almond milk or whatever milk you plan to use, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix well. It should turn a nice pink colour because of the beetroot powder.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes. When chia seeds are added to liquid after a few minutes the outside membrane expands and turns jelly-like. This is what gives the chia pudding it’s smooth pudding like texture.
After a few minutes give those chia seeds another stir. Using a fork to stir them up work best because it acts like a little whisk to lift the chia seeds from the bottom of the bowl and disperse them better which avoids clumping.
The chia seeds should have expanded leaving a smoother looking mixture. From here just split up the mixture between 2 small resealable cups and place in the fridge overnight.
The next morning the chia pudding should be thicker to the point where when tipped in the cup it won’t run out. Kinda like a thick pudding.
If you find yours is too runny, just add in another teaspoon or so of chia, stir, and let sit a few more minutes. Then top with some of your favourite yogurt et voila… a delicious breakfast that isn’t just super pretty to look at but one that will keep you full and looking forward to breakfast the next day too!
What is beetroot powder?
Beetroot powder is just what it sounds like. Beets that have been dehydrated and then finely ground. What is great about beetroot powder it doesn’t require you to have to roast or peel beets to get the benefits of them making it super easy to work with.
What are the benefits of beetroot powder?
The dietary nitrates found in beets even in powder form convert to nitric oxide in the body. Some of the benefits include:
- Heart health and healthy blood pressure
- -Healthy circulation of blood and oxygen in the body
- -Stamina, endurance, and energy
Love Beets is a great beetroot powder brand and is easily found in many health food stores or even Amazon.
Are chia seeds high in carbs?
Yes and no. Depends on how you count carbs. I prefer to count net carbs which is a calculation of total carbs minus fibre and sugar alcohols. This is the way people following keto count carbs.
One once or about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contains 12 grams of carbs but 11 grams of fibre so if you are counting net carbs that is only 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon. Pretty good considering how full they keep you because of the high fibre and they also contain about 2 grams of protein per tablespoon.
Does this chia pudding recipe have to sit overnight?
No. You can make this much faster! It doesn’t take very long for the chia seeds to thicken so even letting them rest in the fridge for 1-2 hours will do making these great for a mid-afternoon snack.
How long does Chia pudding last for?
Chia pudding can last for up to 5 days in the fridge when sealed tightly. Before eating though I like to give it a good stir so it isn’t clumping. The longer it sits just like pudding the more solid it becomes.
Pretty In Pink Overnight Chia Pudding
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- Medium bowl
- Two smaller resealable containers
- 2 cups almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp beetroot powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp maple syrup add more or less to taste
- Combine the chia seeds, cinnamon and beetroot powder in a medium bowl. Mix well.
- Add the milk, maple syrup and vanilla and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mix again and then transfer to two small resealable containers or jars and let rest in the fridge overnight or a minimum of 1 hour.
- Stir before serving and top with yogurt (optional)