ChiO Pudding Three Ways

Recently I’ve been on a total oatmeal kick. For most athletes, oatmeal is an obvious choice. It’s quick, easy on the stomach, and provides adequate energy for training sessions. Many athletes stick to simple, predictable diets to avoid any uncomfortable situations when working out up to three times a day. Because I am a total foodie though, I often get bored with eating the same thing every day, and love to experiment with new recipes and ideas.

This chia + oat pudding was something I randomly came up with one night when thinking about what I would eat after my run the next morning.

I had a criteria:
1. It needed to be cold, because it was going to be hot outside.
2. It needed to be easy on the stomach, so I wanted to avoid dairy.
3. I needed an adequate amount of protein/carbs for recovery benefits.
4. I needed it to be ready to go and require little to no effort.

And so after testing out different flavors/ratios and picking out all my favorite things in my pantry, I came up with a solution. A “ChiO Pudding” that is low in fat, high in protein, and not your everyday oatmeal. Below are three flavors to suit all personalities. My personal fav is the Coconut and Honey.

 

Coconut and Honey

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup grated cocunut
  • 1/8 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Mix well in container and leave in the fridge overnight.

Serve with fresh fruit.

Drizzle with honey to finish.

 

 

Cinnamon and Maple

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Mix well in container and leave in the fridge overnight.

Serve with fresh fruit.

Drizzle with syrup and a pinch of nutmeg to finish.

 

 

Chocolate and Cranberry

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup. chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped craisins
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Mix well and leave in the fridge overnight.

Serve with fresh fruit and extra craisins.

Grate dark chocolate over the top to finish.

 


METHOD:

For each recipe, combine the ingredients in a convenient tupperware container that you can put straight into the fridge. If you are concerned about presentation (like I always am) you can worry about your pretty serving style the next day.

Keep in mind these recipes will make approximately 2 servings. If you’re catering to more than just yourself or wanting to make more in advance, double those ingredients! ChiO Pudding will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.

If you try out these recipes please tag me on instagram ( @heidisee_ ) — I always love seeing your photos and hearing any feedback. Also, if you have any more creative flavor ideas, I welcome the suggestions!

 

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