This golden milk chia pudding is a healthy and very delicious breakfast idea, or easy mid-afternoon snack. Made with chia seeds, turmeric and a dash of maple syrup, it contains ingredients that are understood to have anti-inflammatory properties. A vegan, gluten free and low histamine recipe.
Chia pudding always feels to me like the sweet treat you want, and has the benefit of being full of goodness too. Most of my recipes are fruit-based such as the peach and ginger chia pudding and blackberry and ginger chia pudding.
This spiced turmeric chia pudding doesn't use fruit (although feel free to add some as a topping!) and instead focuses on the delicious spices most of us have in the pantry. It's a very easy meal prep breakfast idea for a busy week morning, or a golden milk dessert for the evening!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Bursting with health! Turmeric, the main ingredient of this chia pudding, has reputed anti inflammatory properties, and chia seeds are full of good fats too.
- A fun non-fruit pudding. Makes the most of spices as a nice change for breakfast.
- Simple to make. Making this turmeric chia pudding couldn't be easier, with just a couple of steps and some time in the fridge.
Chia pudding is a really simple recipe, and this turmeric version has only a handful of pantry staple ingredients. See the recipe card below for the list of ingredients and their quantities!
- Chia seeds - the main ingredient and a good source of plant-based protein. You want whole chia seeds, not milled chia. The Terrasoul organic chia seeds are good.
- Turmeric - the spice that makes this a golden milk recipe and gives so much flavour. The Simply Organic turmeric is good. Adjust the amount to preference.
- Black pepper - this is optional, but helps increase the health benefits of turmeric if you are able to tolerate.
Variations to the recipe
The black pepper is optional. My low histamine readers may prefer not to include it, as it rates as higher histamine.
If you fancy even more spice, then a small pinch of cardamom would be nice!
Step by step instructions
Add all the ingredients to a bowl or a container that can be sealed.
Give it a good whisk so the chia seeds are all combined with the milk and spices. Set aside in the fridge for around two hours, or overnight (low histamine readers see below). If you can, give it another whisk after an hour or so, as this help the seeds to distribute in the milk and not clump together.
The chia pudding will expand as the seeds absorb the liquid. Transfer to your serving bowl and add fruit, nuts or seeds if you like!
- Using a whisk to combine the ingredients is best I find, as it helps them distribute amongst the chia seeds so they soak up the milk and flavours.
- Try and give the chia pudding a stir after half an hour or so in the fridge as it helps prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.
- Adjust the turmeric to taste. Begin with less than the recipe if you aren't a big fan of spice and add more if it becomes a favourite!
The benefits of turmeric
There is a lot of talk about the health benefits of turmeric, and research is underway to further investigate this. I had always heard that one of its potential benefits is as an anti-inflammatory due to one of its compounds - curcumin. When I did a bit more research though it appears that you would have to consume quite a large amount of this spice for that benefit, which would be unlikely through food alone (BBC Good Food).
That doesn't mean it isn't good for you as a food though! Aside from being a potential anti-inflammatory at high levels, it is also an antioxidant. Many recipes pair turmeric with a pinch of black pepper as curcumin is more effectively absorbed into the bloodstream with this spice (Healthline). If you follow a low histamine diet, then this can be omitted if you are unable to tolerate black pepper. The chia pudding will still be a nice treat without it!
A note for my low histamine readers
Although chia pudding is often used as a meal prep breakfast, with the pudding kept in the fridge overnight, this may not be suitable for those on a low histamine diet. An hour works well, or longer if this is suitable for you.
More chia pudding recipes to enjoy
Love an easy healthy breakfast idea? There are lots more ideas on my chia pudding page, but some recent recipes to try out:
Golden milk chia pudding
- Combine all your ingredients in a jar or a container that can be sealed, and stir or whisk very thoroughly so they are all combined. Place in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the chia pudding to set. Stir at least once while in the fridge, if possible.
- Top with fruit, nuts or seeds of your choice if you like.
- Stir or whisk the chia pudding well, both when you first combine the ingredients but also halfway through the 'setting' time to break up any clumps of seeds that form.
- For my low histamine readers, the black pepper is optional ingredients and the chia pudding is still delicious without it.
- If you have a sweet tooth, then feel free to add a touch more maple syrup!
- black pepper, which scores 2. It is optional.
- ginger scores 1.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.