This Flaxseed Pudding is vegan and gluten-free and makes for an easy snack or breakfast!
Ever had chia pudding? Well, flaxseed pudding is similar but different in texture. Flaxseeds absorb a lot of liquid but not as much as chia seeds, and the pudding texture isn't as "seedy" compared to when it's made with chias. I love a good chia pudding, but if you haven't jumped on that bandwagon, give flaxseeds a try!
I usually make this recipe as a snack, but it also works well for breakfast too.
How to Make the Pudding
In a blender, add all your ingredients and blend until smooth. The dates take a bit of time to grind up and blend in fully. The consistency will be thin, but it'll thicken up as it sits and the ground flaxseeds absorb the liquid.
Next, pour into a small container and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the pudding to set. Once set, top with extra toppings like granola, jam, yogurt, or cacao nibs.
With fall on its way, I love adding in apple butter or pumpkin butter to add in spice and fall flavors!
Ground vs Whole Flaxseed
Whole flaxseed: Flaxseed is known for being high in fiber and heart-healthy fats like omega 3s. Since the shell of the seed is made out of insoluble fiber (something we can't digest and break down) the flax may pass through the body intact and undigested....similar to corn!
Ground flaxseed: It's easier for the body to digest since the shell is broken down and exposes the healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. So the best way to consume flaxseed is by using it in its ground form.
If this is new to you and you already have flaxseed but it's whole not ground - no worries! You can make your own homemade ground flaxseed by using a coffee grinder, blender or food processor. Blend or grind the seeds until you get a fine texture.
Store your flaxseed in a cool, dark space like a refrigerator or freezer. This will help preserve the healthy oils and prevent them from going rancid.
Yes! Flaxseeds are naturally gluten-free. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and malt, which flaxseed doesn't contain. The only concern is cross-contamination during processing and manufacturing, so check for a gluten-free certification on the label if you need to eat gluten-free.
Yes, flaxseed labeled "ground" or "meal" are the same. Both are finely ground versions of whole flaxseed.
Flaxseed Pudding Recipe
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 pitted dates
- ½ cup almond milk
- toppings: yogurt, cacao nibs, jam, apple butter, pumpkin butter, cinnamon, sliced almonds
- In a blender, add the ground flaxseed, almond milk and dates. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a small container and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the pudding to set.
- Once the pudding is set, top with any additional toppings - enjoy!
- The consistency of the pudding will be thin right after blending. As the mixture sits, it'll thicken into a thicker pudding consistency.
(Nutrition values are calculated by third-party software and an estimate that can vary based on product brands and cooking methods.)
Are the dates in this recipe for flavour and sweetness or do they help thicken? I ask because I don't like dates and would prefer to use stevia, but I wonder if it'll still turn out thick. Thanks!
Hi, Monika! The dates are for sweetness. I’ve only made it with dates, but I think using stevia would be fine too! Since dates have some fiber, they probably do help thicken it as well. So, if you find it’s too thin, try adding more flaxseed to help thicken it. Hope it works well! Would love to hear how it turns out for you!