Chia Flax Hot Pudding

chiaslider2This is a guest post by Kelly LeVeque. Kelly is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Be Well grew out of Kelly’s lifelong passion for health, the science of nutrition and overall wellness. Guided by a practical and always optimistic approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life.

Good Morning! I’m Kelly LeVeque, nutritionist at Be Well by Kelly. You might have heard of my #bewellsmoothie—it’s a formula created to help my clients make the perfect meal replacement shake. The #bewellsmoothie limits fructose and ensures that there is enough protein, fat and fiber to balance blood sugar and help you calmly make it from breakfast to lunch.

No matter your lifestyle, at Be Well we suggest a blood sugar stabilizing and anti-inflammatory approach. We want our clients feeling full and satisfied so they can enjoy life without obsessing about food or grazing all day. Feeling energized will set you up to exceed goals—but excess insulin and fructose don’t help.

Fructose turns to fat faster than any other form of carbohydrate. When metabolized in the liver, fructose converts to glycerol (a sugar alcohol), which helps turn free fatty acids into fat. And, since fructose is 100 percent metabolized in the liver, it undergoes a chemical reaction that can result in liver inflammation. (For reference, only 80 percent of alcohol and 20 percent of glucose are metabolized in the liver, which shows how, in comparison, fructose can carry an extra health damaging kick!)

Research confirms that when we start our day with protein and fat we feel more relaxed around food and eat less overall. The right amount of fat and protein will get you from one meal to the next. Remember, breaks are good. A 4-5 hour window between meals will increase human growth hormone and testosterone levels, which helps you shed weight, maintain lean muscle mass, and increase insulin sensitivity. The result? You’ll experience a natural energy surge without a sugar crash.

So definitely consider giving your body a break with the #bewellsmoothie or my favorite weekend breakfast. This paleo chia pudding, which reminds me of growing up with Cream of Wheat and oatmeal, serves up protein, fat and fiber to keep you full.



Optional Toppings:

  • 4 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup mixed fresh berries

Choose Sweetener:

In a medium nonstick fry pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of ghee, 1 cup of coconut milk, chia seed and flax.

With a silicon spatula or wooden spoon, continuously stir all ingredients until pudding is thick about, 3 minutes.

Pour warm pudding into a bowl, option to stir in sweetener of choice.

Top with nuts, hemp seeds coconut milk and berries. Serve warm.


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  1. That’s so funny! I had already made a version of my faux-tmeal this week. How do you get it so white though? Is it coconut? I make it with a big pat of grass fed butter and water rather than coconut oil. Some cinnamon, maple syrup or honey. It satisfies that hot cereal craving and its quick.

  2. Well, I have a new website to add to my favorites! Looked at your recipes on your site and WOW…… I will have to try some of those!
    I like to have a coffee with egg, coconut oil and butter with a little chocolate powder but sometimes it’s too much caffeine and gives me the shakes. So, maybe your smoothie idea will be a replacement, thanks to both you and Mark for this post.
    It has fat, protein and even a bit of sweetness to start the day.

  3. I wonder if a puree’d banana would do for sweetener? Of course, then it would taste like banana, but that’s delicious.

  4. This looks fabulous! I may do 1 cup water and 1 cup coconut milk. If it’s not thick and creamy enough I will do all coconut milk. cannot wait to try it. Thank you!!

  5. Just read this recipe and made this, it is unbelievable, tastes like a bowl of oatmeal with no carbs, really excellent. Will make this again and again. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  6. Just a quick question….in the ingredients list, you call for 2 cups coconut or almond milk, however in the directions you state to only add one cup to the pan. Is this a typo or is the second cup added afterwards? Thanks! Recipe looks delish!!

    1. Thanks for the heads up. It’s a recipe thats measurements never need to be perfect I actually just use a regular serving spoon and eyeball the liquid. But, I would add 2 cup to the pan, it all evaporates into the chia and can be really thick and sticky or thinner depending on your liking. If you get it too thin just add a bit more chia and stir until its thick again. It’s foolproof.

  7. This makes absolutely loads with 2 cups of the milk. Easily can get away with half the ingredients for just 1 serving.

    1. Thanks so much for your reply. Blogs where the writer refuses to answer questions irritate me!

  8. I make a cold version of this with 1/2 can coconut milk, 2-3 tbsp chia, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Sometimes add berries or nuts. It’s absolutely delish, and now I’m going to have to try this warm version!

  9. I make a cold version of this with 1/2 can coconut milk, 2-3 tbsp chia, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Sometimes add berries or nuts. It’s absolutely delish, and now I’m going to have to try this warm version!
    i think… it good.

  10. I made this for supper tonight, only added butter and salt at the end and served as a side dish in place of rice to go along with our pork chops. It was very good.

  11. I have the same question as Chloe about the 2 cups in the ingredients vs 1 cup in the instructions. Anyone know which is the typo? thanks!

    1. Hi Laura (and Chloe) – good question! Waiting to hear back from Kelly and will post soon!

  12. same question as Chloe and Laura, wondering about the two cups vs one cup of coconut milk. I have all the ingredients and really want to try this, but dont want to waste these fine ingredients and make it wrong. If it is two cups, is it meant to serve two people? It looks like Chloe has been waiting 4 days for a response. Looking at the recipe, I see that the coconut milk ingredient says 2 cup, instead of 2 cups. I’m thinking Kelly meant 1 cup.

    1. I used one cup and it was super thick. I’m going to use two next time.

  13. I just made this and it’s super delicious!
    To all of you who asked about coconut milk: I made mine as per directions (1 cup coconut milk in the pan) then added some more when already in bowl stirring in protein powder or any other sweetener. I didn’t need to use another 1 cup but it might depend on your coconut milk!

  14. I made this per the instructions with 1 cup of almond milk, it was as thick as bread dough, so thick I could lift it out of the pan in one huge blob. I added milk and fruit to it in my bowl to thin it down. To be honest, this is not the best recipe.

  15. I just made this for lunch ? it was so good! Thank you for this delicious recipe!