An easy breakfast or snack, this paleo maple apple pie chia pudding boasts the deliciousness of apple pie, without all the work. If you’re doing the GAPS Diet, you can easily substitute honey for the maple syrup to make this a GAPS-safe treat, too!
Calling all the breakfast treats.
There’s not much question in my mind, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It’s always comforting to me, and it’s also the perfect time to sneak in dessert. 😉 ‘Cause if you’re gonna eat a treat, you might as well have all day to wear it off, right?
In all honestly, though, my breakfast treats are usually healthy enough that I don’t have to worry about wearing them off. Which of course is the way it should be!
Muffins, sweet breads, breakfast brownies, those should all be delicious enough that they can be a dessert, and healthy enough that they can be a breakfast!
A healthy option.
Chia pudding is one of those delicious dishes that I like the same for breakfast and for dessert. And bonus: it’s super easy! Even though I grew up in the generation where chia pets were a thing, I’m glad to know that they’re also a healthy and delicious superfood, too.
These easy-to-digest seeds come from a plant in the mint family, and are full of nutritional value. Chia seeds have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in foods. Besides this, they also contain protein, minerals (like manganese, potassium, and calcium), omega-3 fatty acids, and the vitamins A, B, E, and D!
Even though chia seeds are packed full of nutrition, it is important to remember that they are still a seed. And like all other seeds (and nuts and grains) they contain phytic acid. Phytic acid is a plant compound that is naturally found in plants (and therefore seeds) that binds to minerals, metals, and anything else in your intestines and takes them out of the body with it. So while phytic acid can be a powerful antioxidant to help get rid of heavy metals and other toxins, it can also lead to serious mineral deficiencies and even bone loss.
Reducing phytic acid is important for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Soaking chia seeds neutralizes the phytic acid and helps make them more digestible.
Maple apple pie chia pudding.
Since this maple apple pie chia pudding is soaked overnight it’s a great way to enjoy all the benfits of chia seeds! It’s a delicious way to fill your body with all that goodness, and enjoy a little bit of apple pie-ness at the same time.
I usually mix this recipe up with almond milk, but coconut milk (which is so easy to make!) is also a good liquid to use. You can use either white or black chia seeds in this recipe, they both taste the same. For a sweetener, I love using maple syrup to give this chia pudding a fun flavor flair. But to keep this recipe GAPS-safe, you can use honey, too. 🙂
More paleo breakfast options.
If you’re on the lookout for more delicious paleo breakfast treats, here are a few of my favorite breakfasts. They also work for dinners… or dessert.
- Eggnog Chia Pudding
- Banana Mango Smoothie
- Paleo Mocha Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl
- Banana Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
- Paleo Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake
- Sourdough Almond Flour Waffles
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Maple Apple Pie Chia Pudding
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup (use honey for GAPS)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let set in the fridge overnight, or until thickened.
Puree in blender, if desired.
Garnish with chopped apples, walnuts, a drizzle of honey/syrup, and serve.
For extra apple pie-ness, top your maple apple pie chia pudding with my 2-minute Instant Pot apple pie filling and a dollop of homemade coconut whipped cream!
I love that this is everything I love about apple pie but healthier! It’s the perfect Fall breakfast.
It is! I hope you get to enjoy it, Jean! 🙂
Is there anything better than apple pie pudding for breakfast? I could eat this every morning!
Totally yum, Raia! I agree, breakfast is the best meal of the day and such a perfect time to have sweet nutritious treats! 😉
I love it. Healthy apple pie in a cup. My kids will love this 🙂
I hope they do, Stacey!
I have some applesauce and chia seeds that this would be perfect for!
I hope you get to enjoy it, Donny!