My Fridge Died So I Made Chia Breakfast Pudding

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Oh hey, how are you? I’m okay except for the fact that my refrigerator died last night.

Yep, that’s right. A fridge full of homemade foods, expensive nut butters, and fresh produce went kaput just like that.

Here was the scene:

Alan: The refrigerator is making a weird noise and seems to be getting warmer.

Carrie: . Um, what? Don’t even say that. <Races to fridge to check temperature>. Holy $#%^, you’re right. <Freaks out, checks temperature again. Freaks out more. Cries.>

After my above described breakdown and even though it was after 9 p.m., my kind, kind neighbors answered their phone and let us come over in our pajamas and slippers with bags of our most precious items to store in their fridge, while everything else got dumped in the trash. It was such a sad event, yet partially redeemed by the kindness of strangers, I mean, my new best friends.

So, while I wait for the necessary parts to fix my refrigerator, I’m putting together foods that can be made mainly from my pantry, including this Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe that comes from Dr. Fuhrman’s new book, The End of Dieting (published with permission from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers).

Ideally, you would make this dish the night before and store it in the fridge overnight so the chia can do its thing, but if you don’t have time for that or, ahem, you don’t have access to a fridge, then you can assemble it and let it sit for a mere 10 minutes before eating. Yes!

Here are the ingredients – rolled oats and whole chia seeds:

Chia Breakfast Pudding featured on Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Plus, non-dairy milk, blueberries, and raisins (I used currants instead):

Chia Breakfast Pudding featured on Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com The recipe also calls for half of a vanilla bean which I find adds so much flavor. You can use the extract if you don’t have a bean:

Chia Breakfast Pudding featured on Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

The result is a delicious and healthy meal that can serve as a breakfast or snack:

Chia Breakfast Pudding featured on Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

I didn’t even use the banana that is called for (am I the only one who doesn’t care for the texture of sliced bananas?) and I found the pudding to be just sweet enough with the blueberries and currants:

Chia Breakfast Pudding featured on Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Here’s the printable recipe:

Chia Breakfast Pudding
 
Printed with permission from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy, hemp, or almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or ½ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ sliced banana
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients except blueberries and banana. If using a vanilla bean, scrape pulp and seeds from the pod with a dull knife and add them to the mixture along with the pod. Let sit for 10 minutes. (For an on-the-run breakfast, make the night before and store in the refrigerator). Remove vanilla pod, stir in blueberries and banana. Add additional nondairy milk if desired to adjust consistency.
  2. Per Serving: calories 265; protein 13 g; carbohydrates 38g; total fat 9.4g; saturated fat 1.1 g; sodium 71 mg; fiber 11.6 g; beta-carotene 454 mcg; vitamin C 8 mg; calcium 179 mg; iron 4.1 mg; folate 53 mcg; magnesium 84 mg; zing 1.6 mg; selenium 9.5 mcg

If you’d like to enter to win a free copy of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, you can do so by following the link at the end of my recent book review of The End of Dieting. I’ve extended the giveaway by a few hours and I’ll be picking a winner at random this Thursday afternoon. So far, there are over 1,000 entries!!!

Until next time, I suggest you go give your fridge a big kiss for me and let us all be thankful for the miracle of modern appliances. :)

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Comments

  1. Linda Dale says

    Me! I don’t care for the texture of bananas. Before I went plant-based, I couldn’t stand the taste or smell, either, but I’m almost over that. I love chia pudding, BTW, and so sorry about your fridge!

    • says

      Thanks, Kimmy. Big beautiful fridge means big expensive repair, but I just got word that the parts will be in on Friday so it should be up and running by the weekend. Woo-hoo!!! :)

  2. says

    So sorry to hear about your fridge! I would be incredibly stressed out if I were in that situation. This chia pudding looks great! I do love sliced bananas so I would probably add them in :)

    • says

      Sooooooo incredibly stressful, Shannon! I didn’t sleep a wink last night. But, the parts should be in by Friday so I’m already feeling better. :)

  3. says

    This sounds delicious! I just made a fresh batch of almond milk so I think I’ll try it tonight! My family is not crazy about raisins…think I will try it with goji berries.
    Oh, I think the rolled oats got left off your ingredient list in the recipe.

    I noticed your bag of oats says “raw”, so if our oats don’t specifically say “raw” does that mean they have been cooked somewhat? Thanks!

  4. says

    This looks so tasty! I’ve only had chia pudding once but rawr! I’ll have to test it out and see how filling it is for breakfast. Sliced bananas are the best, especially if they’re frozen – I keep a few sliced in the freezer and munch on one at a time for a “mini dessert”.

    Best of luck with the fridge!

    • says

      So sorry about that, Jennifer, and thanks for letting me know. Can you tell my brain is fried, today? :) P.S. The quantity is 1/4 cup rolled oats (uncooked).

  5. Stacy L. says

    Eeek! I’m so sorry! I’ve had something similar happen before and it was such a downer. However, you made a lovely recipe to share with us all as a result. Thank you! :) Hope you find ways to celebrate the small beauties of today!

    • says

      It was awful, Suzanne, and exactly why I cried…all that work that went into the shopping and preparation that went to waste. I’m okay with it now, I’m looking at it as forced spring cleaning.

  6. Amber D says

    I’m still learning to like bananas, myself (and cucumbers, but that’s for another day)! I enjoy them frozen in smoothies or as a smooth nice cream, but their chalky exterior and slimy interior, weird “peeling strips” and overpowering fragrance has always made gag. Nobody’s perfect, right?

  7. Jeanne says

    Hi Carrie!
    My heart goes out to you with regards to the fridge and my reaction would be the same. I deseeded 120 pomegranates at the end of last year and they are in a freezer.
    I would be upset if I lost those. Friday will be here soon!

    Happy Easter!
    Jeanne

  8. Venus says

    I’m glad you’re able to fix the fridge instead of buying a new one!
    I love chia pudding and I’m making this recipe this weekend for sure!
    You’re neighbors are so nice!

  9. Michelle says

    Are we able to digest whole soaked chia seeds? I know flax has to be ground, but I’ve been wondering about chia, because I don’t think they really get chewed much in a pudding.

  10. Kymm says

    On the bright side, this could have been a MUCH more terrible scenario if you fridge had been stocked with meat :-)

  11. Antoinette says

    Oh man! I’m so sorry about your fridge. I remember one time I came home from vacation and the electric company accidentally shut off my power. I had to throw over $400 worth of groceries in the trash; it’s heartbreaking.
    Anyways, the chia pudding looks AMAZING, I am definitely going to be making this tomorrow! I love oats and chia so much but I never really put them together, thanks for the idea and recipe.

  12. Lynn says

    My fridge died last summer and at the time I couldn’t afford to get another one, so I made a game of it to see how long I could go without. I know, I know, it sounds crazy to be without a fridge but it really wasn’t as hard as I thought. Had to buy produce more often and eat greens with a couple days of purchase. I kept stuff like kale, carrots and asparagus on the counter in jars of water (just like flowers) and I kept potatoes, onions and apples in the basement which is fairly cold. Fruit was fine on the counter and same with condiments, surprisingly. It takes more planning but it’s definitely doable. After two months I decided I’d had enough though and bought a new fridge from Costco. I was really missing frozen berries at that point!

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