I try to pack all the pumpkin I can into the Fall season because it’s a fav ingredient of mine. This pumpkin chia pudding is no exception- it’s got all the best things about Fall and food packed into an adorable jar. It’s a super cute addition to your Fall Festival spread yet can also be easily tossed into a bag for a sweet treat while on the go. A healthy pumpkin pudding recipe? Yes, please…

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Table of Contents
  1. How to Make Pumpkin Chia Pudding
  2. Toppings
  3. Pumpkin Pudding FAQs
  4. Plant-Powered Ingredients
  5. Fall Recipes with Pumpkin
  6. Pumpkin Chia Pudding Recipe

How to Make Pumpkin Chia Pudding

You could call this recipe a 1-bowl creation, as you can mix everything together right in the jar you wanna use, then scoop half out into a 2nd jar for later. Here’s how to whip up your own healthy pumpkin pudding:

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, sea salt and spices together. Divide the mixture between 2 jars. I like using a pint sized jar so I’ve got room for toppings, yet you can do a smaller container too.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or until ready to eat. Make pumpkin chia pudding up to a week in advance (shout out to the meal planners/preppers out there!).
  3. Stir before serving and top with pecans + pears.

I told you this was an easy recipe! I added spices separately, yet feel free to just use a pumpkin spice mix instead. This snack is great because it boasts 10 grams of protein, 23 grams of healthy fat, and 20 grams of fiber!

Toppings

My pumpkin chia pudding is topped with pecans and a diced pear. Swap the pear with a diced apple if you prefer. Healthy granola is another great topping, dried fruit (or freeze dried fruit) works great, any kind of nut + seed combo you want… go crazy. Hemp hearts add a bit of nutty flavor, pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious… and also festive.

To turn this into a sweeter dessert drizzle maple syrup on top before serving. Mixing vanilla in before refrigerating also adds a lovely flavor. I’ve also got a rich Chocolate Chia Pudding if you want a natural energy boost!

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Pumpkin Pudding FAQs

Is chia pudding good for weight loss?

It can be! Eating snacks like my pumpkin chia pudding will fill you up and keep you full between meals. That can help cut back on mindless eating, and fuel your body with nutrients and not empty calories.

Is chia pudding bad for you?

Diet culture tells us all fat is bad and if we want to lose weight, we have to cut out fat. Yet that’s not true! Healthy fat is necessary for a balanced diet, and your body NEEDS fat to breakdown food and turn it into energy. Chia seeds are loaded with healthy fat and are a great way to add fat into your diet.

Can you eat chia seeds every day?

Even superfoods should be consumed in moderation. Include them in 1 meal or snack per day and look for other superfoods to eat as well! Your diet should have a variety of nutritious foods in it to give you well rounded vitamins + minerals.

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Plant-Powered Ingredients

Snacks can be both good and good for you, and this pumpkin chia pudding is no exception. I originally created it for my Winter Cleanse. The snacks in this Seasonal Cleanse are supercharged to give your body the nutrients it needs while help you also reset for the season.

The Power of Chia Seeds

It’s no secret that I LOVE chia seeds. Heck I even put them in my protein powder recipe. They’re a superfood, and for good reason. They are the perfect addition to smoothies, pumpkin chia pudding and, well, anything.

Chia seeds provide impressive amounts of fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants. These super tiny seeds hold all that goodness! I typically find them in white, black, brown, or mixed; choose whichever kind you want.

Chia seeds are easily added to oatmeal, chia pudding, smoothies, baked goods, yogurt, and salads.

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Nutrient-Dense Pumpkin

Pumpkins aren’t just lovely decorations; they’re loaded with nutrients. 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber and 245% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A as well as a good amount of vitamin C, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin B12, vitamin E and Iron.

Not only is the pumpkin flesh healthy, the seeds are quite nutritious too.

A word of caution on buying canned pumpkin: READ THE LABEL. I know I always tell you to read labels, yet did you know that many brands of canned pumpkin are actually filled with not pumpkin? They use a variety of squash and sweet potatoes along with the pumpkin, plus sugar and preservatives. I always look for ones that say 100% pumpkin.

Fall Recipes with Pumpkin

Since this healthy pumpkin chia pudding won’t use a whole can of pumpkin puree, you’ll have some left over for more Autumn recipes! Here are a few of my fav to inspire you:

‘Tis the season for pumpkin! What are some of your fav pumpkin recipes? I’d love to know about them 🙂

Would you please rate + review this recipe once you’ve tried it? I love getting your feedback!

5 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Celebrate fall with this quick n' easy protein-packed snack. Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes great and is the perfect amount of sweet. Treat it like a dessert, a snack, or a light breakfast.
Prep: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 2

Equipment

  • pint-sized jars

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 ⅓ tbsp maple syrup divided
  • tsp sea salt
  • tsp ginger ground
  • tsp nutmeg ground

For Topping

  • 2 tbsp raw pecans chopped
  • 1 pear diced

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients together, except for the pecans and diced pears. Divide the mixture equally between 2 jars.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat (at least 15 minutes). The mixture will thicken as it stands. Mixture is ready after 15 minutes, but can also be prepped up to a week in advance.
  • Stir before serving and top with pecans and diced pears.

Notes

  • You can swap almond milk with another kind of unsweetened plant milk. Oat milk, cashew milk and refrigerated coconut milk are all great options.
  • If this isn’t sweet enough for you, add more maple syrup to taste. 
  • The chia seeds turn into a gel when they come into contact with liquid, so letting the pudding ‘set’ for 15 minutes in the fridge before consuming allows this process to happen.
  • Feel free to top with your fav spices/nuts/seeds/fruit. I love adding in pumpkin seeds or granola as well. 
  • Instead of individual spices, you can use a pumpkin pie spice blend.

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 480mg, Potassium: 380mg, Fiber: 20g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 2385IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 602mg, Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This definitely tasted like an indulgent dessert. The creaminess of the pudding, mixed with the sweetness from the maple syrup, pumpkin and pears with the crunchy pecan topping – it’s a perfect combination! I really can’t emphasize enough how much the pumpkin and maple syrup flavors come through! And it’s all healthy!! I, personally, added a little bit of extra pecans, because I love a little crunch, but this recipe is a total WIN!

  2. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I used ground cinnamon instead of ginger; it was an actually filling snack. I just saw a recipe someone used with chia pudding + granola and I’m gonna try it that way next time.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m a fan of chia pudding and this one is AMAZING! It just screams fall … and that makes me so happy. I didn’t have any pear, so I used banana and it was really good.

    1. Happy fall to all! So glad you made this with banana. Great swap!

    2. 5 stars
      This is soooo good!! Chia pudding is a strange treat I have fallin in love with on a 21-day cleanse and I enjoy the pumpkin twist 🙂