Creamy Breakfast Chia Pudding

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Ooooh, boy, do I have a delicious breakfast recipe for you guys!

My friend and fellow blogger Amie Valpone recently published Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, an incredibly beautiful cookbook filled with all sorts of interesting and delicious anti-inflammatory recipes as well as practical advice to help you live a healthier life. Amie also shares her journey from from chronic illness to health, which, for someone like me who struggles with autoimmunity everyday, is very inspiring.

As you probably remember, I’ve had some success with eating a vegetarian/anti-inflammatory diet, so Amie’s book could not have come at a better time. I’ve already made a number of her recipes and absolutely loved them, including the Creamy Breakfast Chia Pudding below, and I plan to try a whole bunch more in the coming weeks.


For a grain-free breakfast packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and protein, you can’t beat chia. This makes an easy, no-cook breakfast for a weekday morning.

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup raw cashews

6 large dates, pitted, soaked in water overnight, and drained

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch sea salt

1 cup fresh berries, chopped pineapple, or sliced bananas
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon

Handful Amie’s Grain-Free Granola (page 121) or another granola (pages 118 and 122)

In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and water; set aside until the mixture forms a gel, about 20 minutes.

Combine the cashews, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and half of the chia gel in a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining chia gel. Serve immediately, topped with one or more of the optional toppings, if desired, or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Text excerpted from Eating Clean, © 2016 by Amie Valpone. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.



  1. My favourite breadkfast is oatmeal with raisins; I add a touch of milk to make it really creamy, a few almond slivers and half a nectarine right now. DE-LI-CIOUS!
    It keeps me satisfied and off I go for my morning run without worrying I might crash!

  2. I love oatmeal with banana, raisins, cinnamon, flax seeds, & peanut butter. Or on the weekends when I have time, I’ll make protein pancakes with mashed banana. So good!

  3. My go-to is overnight oats made with plain Greek yogurt and chia seeds, then topped with a big spoonful of peanut butter in the morning!

  4. Protein pancake (protein, baking powder, water, egg whites) or ground turkey, egg whites, cabbage or broccoli slaw all sautéed together.

  5. Extra thick oatmeal with chia seeds, cinnamon and almond milk, and a banana on the side, definitely my favorite!

  6. My go to breakfast is a smoothie bowl with romaine, avocado, parsley, one scoop of mocha flavored protein powder, frozen slices of cucumber, 1/2 cup of water, and teaspoons of matcha, turmuric, cayenne, and cinnamon! Wonderfully hydrating start to the morning!

  7. I love oats with half a mashed banana (adds sweetness and creaminess with no added sugar!), cinnamon and a little vanilla and water , nuke it and then add So Unsweetened Coconut milk, some nuts and blueberries…delish!

  8. Eggs or a green smoothie are my go to breakfast favs. Would love to have a new cookbook to switch it up. I’m in a rut 🙂

  9. I like smoothies with protein powder, green superfood powder, a banana, a handful of spinach, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a little peanut butter, and a lot of ice! Refreshing and delicious after a hard workout.

  10. This week I’ve been eating a tofu scramble with lots of veggies, but normally I have some sort of oatmeal or protein pancake!

  11. During the (busy) work week I prep my breakfast the night ahead and it is usually two hardboiled eggs and a piece of fruit with almond butter. Hot tea for the commute and ice coffee once I land at the office. On the weekends, I enjoy cooking pancakes, fritatas, bacon, etc.

  12. Definitely eggs. There are so many easy, quick ways to fix them and they make me feel more full longer.

  13. I usually have a green smoothie & half a banana with a little Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

  14. My favorite breakfast lately has been over-easy eggs over sliced tomato with a little grated parmesan on top! I love starting my morning with protein then adding a little veggies to it. Fills me up!

  15. Fruit smoothies with spinach and protein powder. This cookbook is a great “push” to change up my breakfast routine–yum!

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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