Chia seeds give this easy-to-make pudding a fiber boost, while warm, aromatic pumpkin pie spice provides a depth of flavor.
2 cups plain unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup chia seeds (TRY: Barlean’s Organic Chia Seed)
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch sea salt
6 4-oz jars with lids
In a large jar with lid, combine milk, dates and chia seeds. Cover, shake well and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 8 hours.
Pour mixture into a blender and process on high until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Add pumpkin purée, pie spice and salt. Blend until combined. Divide among jars. Refrigerate for 1 more hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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