This Black Forest Flaxseed Pudding is an easy to prepare healthy breakfast for those busy mornings when you’re trying to get yourself fed and out the door. It’s great for meal prep, plant based, refined sugar free and easy to customize! You'll love this creamy and soothing Chocolate Flaxseed Pudding Recipe.
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (eggless and dairy free)
- Meal Prep recipe
- Refined sugar free
- Nutrient-dense and high in fiber
- Plant-based Breakfast on a budget
Flax vs Chia seeds
There have been popping up lots of "Chia Seed Pudding" variations on my Instagram. Unfortunately I am not the biggest fan of Chia seeds. Don't get me wrong, they come with great health benefits and nutritional value. However, they are pricey and chewy when turned into "pudding". I just can't stand the texture and bite of a Chia Pudding. Thankfully there is a cheaper seed, which comes with similar characteristics and a slight advantage. Flax seeds!
Chia and flax seeds are both very nutritious - no question. Both also offer similar benefits for heart health, blood sugar levels and digestion. However, flax seeds do appear to have an advantage, especially when it comes to reducing hunger and appetite, as well as lowering the risk of certain cancers. Plus, as mentioned earlier they are way more affordable than Chia seeds!
As a comparison: The average price of flax seeds is ca. $3.99 per pound. While the average price of chia seeds is ca. $9.99 per pound.
Just like chia seeds, flax seeds/flax meal soak up moisture and create, when mixed with water, a gel-like substance. Flax meal and water is used to create a vegan egg, but you can also use this process to turn it into a very nutritious breakfast pudding! This Chocolate Flax Meal Pudding is a breakfast pudding without that annoying "crunch" and slimy texture that you have in a Chia Pudding.
Difference between flax seed and flax meal
Flaxseeds - the whole seed, are commonly found in two varieties: brown flax seeds and golden flaxseeds. Both work interchangeably in this recipe. Gold flaxseeds are a bit more mellow in flavor.
Flax meal - this is simply a convenient option for you to buy pre-ground flaxseeds. The seeds have been milled and are no longer whole. If you don't want to make your own flax meal, these are perfect for you! Ground flax, by the way, is just a different name for flax meal!
How to make flax meal
Let’s talk about how to make flaxseed meal from whole flaxseeds, because it's easy and saves you money! You can find flax seeds (and flax meal) in all grocery stores. I recommend getting whole flax seeds at the grocery store from the bulk section. Buying in bulk is usually cheaper!
To ground your flax seeds you need a blender, food processor, or a coffee grinder! Simply add flaxseeds into your blender, or food processor and let it run for +/- 30 seconds! After 30 seconds use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of your blender to thoroughly mix the flaxseeds and blend for an additional 30 seconds. I usually make a bigger batch of this and store in the fridge to use as needed.
Depending on the quantity you process, you may need to scrape the sides of the blender several times, scraping every 30 seconds or so and checking to see if any whole seeds remain. If so, blend for another 30 seconds and check again. It's so easy to grind your flax meal at home, and saves you even more money. Store in refrigerator.
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Black Forest Flaxseed Pudding (refined sugar free)
- Food Processor, or Mixer
- 2 big bananas
- 200 g pitted red tart cherries (1 heaping cup)
- 4 tablespoon flax meal
- 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 pitted soft dates ( to soften soak for 10 minutes in hot water)
- 100 g plant based yogurt unsweetened
- a couple drops of rum flavoring
- 1 scoop of dietary supplement of your choice
- fresh cherries, or other fruit and berries
- slivered almonds, or other nuts
- cacao nibs
- coconut shreds
- In a food processor add bananas and drained cherries and blend until smooth. Then add flax meal, cocoa, dates and water and blend again until completely smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Add yogurt and serve as is, or topped with garnish of choice. Enjoy!
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