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Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the RawThis delicious chia pudding recipe is perfect for breakfast or lunch, especially for back to school meals! It’s easy and quick to prepare, and you can easily make it the night before school for your kids (or yourself) to enjoy in the morning.

Fun fact: my mom absolutely loved giving me giant bags of fruit as school lunches. I hated being the weirdo kid who ate a ton of fruit, while my friends ate their junk food. My solution? I’d switch with my friends! (secretly, of course. I’d never tell my mom). They actually really enjoyed my fruit, and I got to eat some delicious junk food.

If this is totally scaring you as a parent, then take a look around here. Soul in the Raw is a perfect reflection of all the food values my mom instilled in me when I was a child. While these values didn’t stick when I was younger, they do now. And this chia pudding recipe is also a great reflection of that!

Chia Pudding for School Lunch? Raising Vegan Kids

You all often ask me about what you should feed your children, and whether eating vegan is suitable for them.

While I don’t have children of my own, I can state with absolute certainty that veganism is appropriate, and even wonderful, for children.

In a 2009 position paper, The American Dietetic Association stated that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets … may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes”.

This means that eating plant-based is wonderful for your children, and while many of them may be combative and opposed to it at first, remember that just like adults, transitioning to a new lifestyle can be really difficult and stressful for children, too.

I really loved this article about transitioning kids to veganism by Raise Vegan.

From my experience (with my own self, and from seeing other people’s kids…), here are some great tips on encouraging your children to eat more plant-based:

Give them agency.

When my family decided to change our diet (to healthier, not entirely vegan, but very different from what we were eating), they made sure to ask me if I wanted to join the ride. This made a huge difference because I never felt forced! Of course, this depends on your child’s age, but try to get their consent as much as possible, and educate them about the reasons you want the family to eat this way. It will make a huge difference in their response and sense of pride in being vegan!

Get them involved.

Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the Raw

Cook with your children! Make food fun for them. Preparing meals together and getting them involved in the process will make them feel like they are part of it, and they will be even more excited to eat plant-based. Never underestimate how wise children are – if you get them involved and talk to them about the value of this lifestyle, their attitude will be much more positive.

Set an example.

Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the Raw

The idea of setting an example is often forgotten when discussing a transition to any new lifestyle. Just like with the adults around you, children will get attracted to the idea of veganism if they see an example before their eyes. Children tend to copy their parents. If they don’t feel forced into it, they may get attracted into it by watching you eat this way and love it. Never underestimate the power of being a beacon of light for your children!

Make delicious meals.

You love yummy meals – and so do they! There are so many options for simple, delicious, and quick meals out there that your children will love and get nourished by. This chia pudding recipe is a perfect one – it’s super quick to make, really nourishing, and very filling.

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Cherry Peanut Chia Pudding Recipe for Back to School

Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the Raw

Chia pudding is a pudding made by soaking the gorgeous and adorable, omega-3 rich chia seeds in a nut milk of choice. I have several chia pudding recipes on the blog, including this almond-milk chia pudding, and these two delicious variations.

There are endless variations of chia pudding you can make! It’s a great meal for back to school because it’s a bit more exciting than just fruit, and very filling, too! Make it ahead of time, place it in your fridge overnight, and give it to your child in a small jar, with a spoon attached. It’s almost like dessert! Even though it’s a little unique (not strange, unique…) I bet all the other kids will be jealous (just like they were of my bags of fruit)!

Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the Raw

Cherry Peanut Chia Pudding
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A simple and quick treat for lunch or breakfast for your child (or yourself)!

Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: back to school, breakfast, easy, lunch, vegan
Ingredients
For the milk:
For the pudding and toppings:
Instructions
For the milk:
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. In the video, I used a magic bullet blender to show you that it's easily possible to do so, but if you have a high-speed blender, use it. 


For the pudding:
  1. Place milk in a bowl, and whisk in the chia seeds. Allow this mixture to thicken, preferably overnight, but you can also enjoy after an hour. The chia seeds will soak up the milk and the pudding will form. 

  2. Top with peanut butter, cherries, and cacao nibs. 

Chia Pudding Recipe: Vegan Cherry Peanut Pudding | Soul in the Raw
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Soul in the Raw is a high-raw vegan recipe + education blog. Marina creates quick, easy, and delicious high-raw vegan recipes and blogs about the health benefits of a high-raw plant-based diet. You can get more of Marina’s awesome recipes, tips, and lifestyle techniques on the free Facebook group: Raw Souls .

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