Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple Pie Chia Pudding

Since the first full week of September ends tonight, it's finally time to share a fall-inspired recipe. The weather is unseasonably hot this week in Chicago with a heat index close to 100 degrees. For that reason, I don't want to turn on the oven or eat anything warm to enjoy fall flavors. My resolution: Apple Pie Chia Pudding!

Over Labor Day weekend K and I visited my family in Iowa, including a stop at my favorite local apple orchard. We sampled apple treats and picked up a bag of Zestar apples {so good} to take home. I haven't been able to stop thinking about apple flavors since this visit.

Apple pie flavors shine in this recipe by adding apple butter and apple pie spice. Apple butter is my favorite spread to enjoy in the fall. When I was a child, my grandma made apple butter from scratch every year and spread it on homemade bread as an after school snack for my brother and I. This chia pudding recipe is a new way to incorporate apple butter into breakfast. I picked up a jar of this delicious spread at the apple orchard.

Have you ever made chia pudding? I've tried it a few times but the texture has never been exactly what I wanted - usually too thin. With this recipe, I added two Tablespoons of vanilla yogurt and 2 Tablespoons of apple butter, and that fixed it. The pudding texture is perfect!

This recipe incorporates simple flavors, including vanilla almond milk, chopped apple, vanilla yogurt, apple butter, apple pie spice, and chia seeds. I used pre-made Apple Pie Spice {with cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice}, but you can also make your own. This version of Apple Pie Spice from My Baking Addiction sounds delicious.

All you need to do is stir / whisk your ingredients together and let the pudding soak in a covered container overnight in the refrigerator.

I stirred chopped apples into and on top of my Apple Pie Chia Pudding before enjoying it for breakfast this morning. This recipe serves one for breakfast or two for a smaller snack.

Apple Pie Chia Pudding
Serves 1-2

1 cup vanilla almond milk
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 Tablespoons vanilla yogurt
2 Tablespoons apple butter
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

Optional: 1/2 an apple, chopped

How to~
*Add almond milk, chia seeds, yogurt, apple butter, and apple pie spice to a bowl.
*Whisk or stir until ingredients are combined.
*Let the chia pudding sit overnight {~8 hours} in a covered container in the refrigerator.
*Add a chopped apple in the morning, if desired.

Looking for more fall-inspired apple recipes? Try my:

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    1. I'm in that mood where I want everything fall (and especially apple) related! This recipe sounds fantastic! Can't wait to try it.