Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Creamy chia pudding gets gussied up for spring with a drizzle of lavender honey, fresh fruit, and bee pollen.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

I’m super excited to share today’s post. Not only does the recipe brim with creamy deliciousness, springy produce, crunchy coconut flakes, and floral lavender honey that will make you glow from the inside out, it’s also a collaboration with my latest obsession – Grace Green Beauty – who are giving away a box of loveliness curated by yours truly. {See below for details.}

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

I’m just as OCD about what I put on my skin as I am about the food I put in my mouth. For this reason, I’m not usually one for fancy skincare products, which tend to scare me off with unpronounceable ingredients. But when Grace’s founder, Tempal, sent me a box of goodies a few months ago, I got majorly hooked. Grace’s lotions, cleansers, and serums are all handmade from food-grade ingredients, and they smell and feel like love. Their CLEAN oil cleanser makes every shower feel like a spa treatment. Their PEACEful Face lotion smoothes and nourishes. Their BodyFood keeps my dishpan hands baby-soft, comforting me with the scent of earth and spice before bed every night. And their Everything Chapped Stick tastes like chocolate ice cream and feels just as yummy on the lips.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

The folks at Grace pay attention to every little detail: they make each product by hand, use exclusively organic ingredients, and they package with glass, wood, and paper that feel good in your hands. Despite their earthy aesthetic, their products are the pinnacle of luxury, enrobing your skin in unparalleled nourishment from your face to your feet.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Since reading Grace’s ingredient list is a bit like reading a menu, I concocted this healthy breakfast treat inspired by some of their contents: coconut, almond, citrus, lavender and honey.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Chia pudding is about the easiest thing in the world to make. My version uses a combination of almond milk and coconut cream flavored with vanilla bean and a dash of honey. My favorite toppings of the moment include kumquats and strawberries for brightness and acidity, toasted coconut flakes for crunch, lavender-infused honey for sweetness and a floral kick, and bee pollen for color and a touch of bitter complexity.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

These ingredients turn out vibrant bowls of nourishment full of good fats and fiber that will add a little sunshine to your morning, or pick you up for an afternoon snack. Make the pudding and infuse the honey the night before, and breakfast will come together in a snap. You can also layer the pudding in jars for a meal on the go. And feel free to change up the toppings based on what’s in season. I couldn’t resist the first local strawberries, but segments of pink grapefruit, blood orange, and slices of sweet dates or banana are equally delicious. For a spicy variation, add 1/4 teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon to the pudding.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

***Best of all, the folks at Grace Green Beauty let me curate a box full of my favorite products to give away to one lucky reader: BodyFood Lotion, PEACEful Face Nourishment, CLEAN Oil Cleanser, ReAct Exfoliating Mask and Everything Chapped Stick, all bundled into a reusable gift box. To enter, leave a comment below by midnight PST March 6th, 2016 letting us know your favorite nourishing breakfast treat. U.S. Residents only (though Grace also ships to Canada!).

Also for U.S. residents, Grace is offering 10% off any and all products + free shipping using the code BOJONBOX. 1 code per user.***

Peruse Grace’s full line of products here. Pssst, they’ve also got stuff for guys, stuff for babies, stuff for tattoos, and customizable gift boxes. {I, for one, have gifts covered for the foreseeable future.}

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Many thanks to Grace Green Beauty for sponsoring this post AND for sponsoring the blog {and my face} this month! All fangirly opinions and gushing words are entirely my own.

If you make this, I want to see! Snap a photo and tag me on instagram @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #BojonGourmet.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

 

Chia Pudding Bowls with Citrus, Dates, and Lavender Honey
Yields: 3-4 servings
 
Be sure to allow at least 3 hours for the pudding to chill and thicken. As I mention above, feel free to change up the toppings based on what's in season. For a spicy variation, add ¼ teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon to the pudding. If you can't find coconut cream, chill a can of full-fat coconut milk for several hours. Without tilting or shaking the can, open and scrape off the thick cream on the top to use in the pudding. And feel free to make this with light maple syrup and no bee pollen for a strictly vegan variation.
Ingredients
Pudding:
  • 1 small can (5.4 ounce / 160 ml) unsweetened coconut cream (such as Native Forest)
  • 2 tablespoons (40 g) mild honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (105 g) chia seeds (I use black seeds)
  • 2 cups (475 ml) unsweetened almond milk (preferably fresh or homemade)
Lavender Honey:
  • ¼ cup (85 g) mild honey
  • 2 teaspoons lavender buds (culinary-grade), plus a few extra for topping
Toppings:
  • ~12 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ~12 kumquats, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • a large handful toasted coconut flakes
  • bee pollen (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, gently warm the coconut cream with the 2 tablespoons honey, salt, and vanilla seeds and pod until the honey is melted, 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chia seeds, then the almond milk. Let stand 5 minutes, then whisk again (this prevents the seeds from clumping) and pour into a quart-sized jar or other container. Chill until thickened, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the ¼ cup honey and lavender buds in a small saucepan and heat over a medium-low flame, stirring occasionally, until the honey is very warm. Turn off the heat, cover, and let steep to infuse the honey, 20 minutes to 1 hour. Rewarm the honey until liquid, then strain into a small jar, pressing on the lavender to extract all the flavor. Store at room temperature indefinitely.
  3. To make the bowls, divide the pudding between 3-4 bowls and top with the strawberries, kumquats, and coconut. Drizzle each bowl with a bit of honey (1-3 teaspoons per bowl depending on your sweet tooth) and sprinkle with lavender and bee pollen if you like. Serve right away.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}

58 thoughts on “Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls with Kumquats, Berries & Lavender Honey {gluten-free, dairy-free}”

  1. Ooooh!! Everything I love all in one place. I’m on a major breakfast pudding kick myself—you’ll be tickled when you see my post in the morning ;). But chia with lavender honey and kumquats? I am so there. It’s absolutely perfect. And Grace Green Beauty sounds like my idea of heaven!

    1. When it’s cold out, I love steel cut oats witch chopped dates and a drizzle of coconut milk. I love that it’s hearty, nourishing, and has a little richness from the dates and coconut

  2. I recently returned from travel in Bali, where a local spot there got me hooked on morning “bowls” of blended fruit topped with granola, coconut flakes, and fresh fruit. I’ve paired them with chia pudding before too, and am completely hooked on this simple, yummy, and comforting food. But I’ll also get out of bed in the morning for a farm fresh egg sandwich on sourdough with goat cheese. Now I’m excited to go to bed so I can wake up tomorrow morning and have breakfast! I love everything you do Alanna, and I’m sure my skin would love Grace Green Beauty!

  3. This looks delicious! I cant wait to try making it this weekend. Im currently on a frittata muffin breakfast kick because I can make ahead of time and grab and go in the morning. The Chia pussing will be a welcomed change up. Keep blogging, i love your work! Maybe I’ll even get lucky amd score some Grace and Green :)

  4. This is so gorgeous, and those products from Grace sound amazing! I dislike floral scents and prefer for all my products to smell like delicious food, so it’s all right up my alley.

    I’ve been making a grain-free breakfast “porridge” with banana, eggs, and ground almonds that has become my favorite nourishing breakfast. I usually put some kind of fruit plus pepitas and honey on top :).

  5. My favorite nourishing breakfast comes courtesy of my grandma: pearled couscous with crumbled feta cheese, topped with bread pieces fried in olive oil and paprika.

  6. I’m so excited to see this post, Alanna. First for chia, but then this from Grace Green Beauty. I’ve recently discovered Chia pudding and am finding new ways to enjoy it. The flavors you’ve assembled here are so nourishing and you know I’ll go to great lengths to devour vanilla. One of the best things about chia pudding is that it’s ready when I get up so I can enjoy it without having to spend much time prepping food on those hurried mornings. I’m hangry in the morning and want to eat posthaste! And skin care? OCD? I hear you! I’ve been making my own of late, but always love to try new, organic or food grade skin care products. Thank you for this recipe, this generous giveaway and sharing about Grace Green Beauty, Alanna!

  7. Fresh fruit and peanut butter gives me the energy that I need to start my day! I can’t wait to try the chis pudding and add it to my repertoire of go to morning meals….

  8. I am so happy to have found you thanks to my friend Ashley S. (The Mixed Bag). This Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl is such a great idea, I love that you incorporated fresh fruit! I have never tried kumquats so I will definitely be on the lookout for them.

    For breakfast, I usually enjoy homemade soft oatmeal bars along with a banana or pear.

  9. I love that there can be breakfast treats that are also nourishing! My favorite at the moment are scones made with almond meal and lightly sweetened with honey and berries. They would be delicious with this chia pudding!

  10. Beautiful photos, it looks like a bowl of sunshine! Great way to start the day. This morning I had a refrigerator oat bowl with chia seeds, flax, pecans and blackberries. I love how quick they are to make but also fill you up even if you are in a rush to get out the door in the morning. Endless possibilities for flavors too.

  11. Are you kidding? Fantastic ingredients for that pudding. I am making it right now… can’t wait to eat it! I’m sure that will be my new breakfast to go.
    LOVE the all food grade ingredients from Grace Green… can’t wait to try them either. Being that I am an older, ‘natural style’ gal… the company for facial products is right up my alley! Thanks for posting, Alanna!

  12. Your chia seed pudding looks fab!
    My favorite breakfast, made Sunday evening for the week, is chia seed, banana, coconut, almond pudding. :)

  13. Looks so lovely! My go-to in the mornings is greek yogurt with toasted coconut, buckwheat, almond slivers, a swirl of honey and fresh berries.

    I’ve even heard that Greek yogurt can be used as a face mask. Double duty!

  14. That pudding looks amazing. Love the idea of the lavender honey!
    Hmm, favorite nourishing breakfast is a multigrain porridge (buckwheat, rye flakes, quinoa, chia, hemp hearts] with homemade cashew coconut cream and honey roasted plantains. I never get tired of porridge!

  15. Just made the pudding and poured into ‘pudding’ cups which made 5 servings…. in the frig for the set up. Can’t wait to try it! Ordering from Grace Green Beauty… LOVELY products!

  16. Hey Alanna! I, too am obsessed with quality beauty products, and good food, obviously. My favorite wintertime breakfast treat is a banana date smoothie (with almond or peanut butter, hemp milk or regular milk, cinnamon and/or allspice). I’m happy to see you doing so well! Hugs!

  17. This recipe looks amazing. I’m really interested in trying it. I haven’t had the greatest success before with Chia puddings, so I’m really looking forward to this. Not to mention the Grace Green products sound sumptuous and sexy. Thanks so much.

  18. My recent favorite breakfast meal has been homemade banana granola. It was so little trouble to make and it lasted for about 2 weeks. You could use it with everything, but my favorite way to serve it was just with coconut milk. Thanks.

  19. Can’t wait to try this! My favorite treat is raw buckwheat porridge topped with hemp, bee pollen, cacao nibs, a splash of nut milk, and fresh fruit (blueberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi are all yummy).

  20. That looks so delicious and your pictures are beautiful! My favorite treat in the morning is definitely fresh fruit, oatmeal and my homemade almond butter. Sometimes I add coconut :)

  21. I’ve tried several chia pudding recipes and none of them have really struck my fancy…..I can tell just from the initial taste test that I’m going to like this one! I think it’s the coconut cream that adds a bit of decadence that’s right up my alley. Looking forward to the finished pudding and topping it off with fresh raspberries!!

    Thank you for sharing Grace Green Beauty. I found my way to her website and a couple of items may have popped themselves into my shopping cart. ; )

  22. I’ve have to get some of their products! Awesome giveaway too.

    My favorite breakfast, usually a breakfast parfait layered with smoothie, while fruit, granola and dried fruit.

  23. acai bowl topped strawberries and bananas plus blueberries, drizzled with honey coconut flakes plus a little drizzle of almond butter and I am in heaven :)

  24. Lucas has been making us cinnamon apple oatmeal for a nourishing (and milk-producing) breakfast, but these bowls feel bright and just the way to welcome this spring-like weather we’ve been having!

  25. What a great post! I have been looking for truly safe organic skin care products. I live in California and my skin is always so dry, but most products cause me to break out or I’m allergic to the perfumes. I switched to organic deodorant last year after having used products high in aluminum for years. Thank you for sharing such a great product and recipe. I have a basket full of cumquats just waiting to adorn something delectable.

  26. How exciting! I’ve made a concerted effort in the last year to switch over to all-natural facial/body products (yay for being able to read the ingredients list) and love finding out about new ones. My favorite go-to breakfast is oatmeal with a bit of coconut butter, maple syrup, and fruit.

    Your chia bowl sounds delicious. Lavender honey AND kumquats?! Swooning over here. xo.

  27. Holy toledo, batman! This looks incredible. I was on a major chia pudding breakfast kick for a few months, but got out of the habit of making it the night before work and my life hasn’t been the same since. Most mornings, all I have time to grab on my way out the door is a few slices of Ezekiel bread to eat in the car on the way to work… but this post may have sparked the chia lover in me again!

    All of the Grace Green Beauty stuff sounds amazing, I love everything on their website!

  28. Looks delicious! This time of year I look so forward to my morning bowl of old fashioned oatmeal with loads of golden raisins, cinnamon, bananas and toasted walnuts. Sometimes I’ll throw on sunflower seeds, coconut, goji berries, blood orange segments; whatever I have on hand. That and a cup of strong coffee makes getting out of bed a little easier.

  29. This recipe looks super yummy! My favorite breakfast treat would have to be coconut yogurt topped with fresh berries and homemade granola. :)
    +K

  30. I alternated between avocado toast on gluten free bread; natural peanut butter topped with sliced apple or pear on toast; and protein smoothie with organic chocolate protein powder, spinach or kale, coconut milk, ground flax and whatever fruit I have on hand. Love, love, love Grace Green Beauty products!

  31. I haven’t tried chia yet, put this recipe will be my first! Looking forward to trying it. My go to breakfast right now is old fashioned rolled oats with toasted walnuts/almonds, ground flax and a little bee pollen. That with my green tea or matcha tea and I’m ready for the day.

  32. Lemon poppyseed pancakes topped with sliced bananas and Vermont maple syrup! It’s taken a while to perfect the vegan, gluten free version but so worth the effort. I look forward to weekends when I have time to whip them up with loved ones.

    Thanks for posting this recipe (and all the others). I love trying things from the blog and always know they’re going to turn out great!

  33. I’m still hooked on my morning smoothies- this morning: coconut milk, chia, flax, almond butter, kale, and frozen banana, blueberries and peaches. What a beautiful website. I’ve been studying your photography and trying to learn as much as I can from your work. It’s inspirational! Thank you!

  34. I made this yesterday with hemp and coconut milk and it’s soooo good! With a little bit of almond butter on top, I’m full and satiated until lunch. Thank you for sharing!

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