Morning Balanced Bowl: Creamy Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding

Breakfast is like brain food, so this bowl was built focused around the most nutrient-dense and vibrant seasonal ingredients available. Breakfast should leave us feeling full and energized and sated till lunch, without feeling stuffed, bloated, or foggy. This recipe is loaded with plenty of seasonal and exotic superfoods that creates an easy and delicious meal balanced with a variety of flavors and textures.


By: Alle Weil, HCTP Class of January 2012


  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups nut milk of choice
  • 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 2-3 dates
  • 1 banana or 1 avocado
  • 1 small thumb of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
  • pinch of sea or Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon scraped vanilla bean

Optional Add Ins:

  • 1 serving of protein powder of choice or green powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk yogurt (optional – can be blended in or used as a topping)

 Optional Toppings:

  • Approximately 1-2 tablespoons of each


Chia Pudding

The classic way:

  1. Washing and soaking the chia in a liquid
  2. Allow the chia to gel for 30 minutes to a couple hours

For thick pudding consistency:

  1. Blending the chia while dry
  2. Add the liquid component
  3. Blending again till creamy


  1. Blend all other ingredients together before adding chia seeds and allow to sit for at least an hour
  2. Slice, chop and arrange seasonal toppings of choice. Enjoy!


  1. Both ways are delicious, and in fact your body will absorb more of the chia nutrients when it is broken down. The choice is yours.
  2. Chia pudding can easily be prepared ahead of time or even the night before, so you can prep and go!


Alle Weil currently lives and practices nutrition and wellness counseling in Los Angeles, CA. She is also the founder of Flora Ex Machina – a whole food-focused blog and wellness company, and creator of Royal Ghee, an Ayurvedic blend of ghee and honey. Her creativity and passion for all things holistic came out of frustration  and a need to find answers for her own health issues that weren’t being reserved by allopathic medicine. Her journey enlightened her on how closely food and health are linked, and amplified her belief that the further disconnected from nature we become, the more our health is adversely affected. Find more from Alle on her blog and on Instagram @floraexmachina.

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