• Bettina Applewhite

Unicorn Chia Pudding

There's no rule against starting your day with fun colors full of fiber, protein, and Omega-3s. This unicorn chia pudding is just that. It's fun and healthy! Your kids will gobble this up without you hearing "yuck".


Chia pudding is a quick make-ahead dish that is great to meal prepping. It's only a few ingredients to make it come together. I use chia pudding to eat as a dish on it's own and will also use it in a parfait or to top on oatmeal. It's pretty versatile. So when I'm meal prepping, I will usually just make up a batch for the week just to have available as an option.


This unicorn chia pudding is so much fun with the bright colors. Don't worry there aren't any unusual flavors in this pudding. The colors come from natural coloring of blue butterfly pea flower powder and pitaya (dragonfruit) powder. Make this chia pudding with a plant-based milk and you have a wonderful vegan breakfast.


This is also fun as an afternoon snack. Virtual learning may be a new way of life that we're all still adjusting to an entire year later. We're looking for ways to break up the day and make things interesting. Not being able to see our classmates in the same way has taken it's toll on us all. We can try making this unicorn chia pudding as fun way to spend time together.


Unicorn Chia Pudding

Makes 4 Servings


Ingredients

1 tsp Pitaya powder

1 tsp Blue Butterfly Pea powder

3 tsp Pure Vanilla extract, divided

3 Cups Almond milk, divided

3 tsp Maple syrup, divided

1/2 Cup Chia seeds, divided


Steps

  1. In 3 separate jars, add 1 cup of almond milk into each jar.

  2. In each jar, add in 3 Tbsp of chia seeds and 1 tsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

  3. Add 1 tsp of Pitaya powder to the first jar and stir well.

  4. Add 1 tsp of Blue butterfly pea powder to the second jar and stir.

  5. Stir the 3rd jar until well combined.

  6. Wait about 10 minutes and stir each jar to remove any clumps. Allow to set for 2 hours or overnight.

  7. To make the unicorn pudding, layer the pitaya chia pudding on the bottom of a clear glass or jar. Top with the vanilla chia pudding and carefully top with blue butterfly chia pudding. Garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy with your family.

*Did you know that this unicorn chia pudding meets the requirements for part of a national school breakfast meal? The national school breakfast program focuses on providing fruit, whole grains, and protein as part of a balanced breakfast. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Pair this unicorn pudding with half a cup of fruit and low-fat milk and you are starting your day the right way.





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