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Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Eggnog Chia Pudding Recipe (Dairy-Free)

Eggnog Chia Pudding is a perfect dairy-free treat for the holidays.

Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

The recipe is based on my Coconut Chia Seed Pudding. I was in the mood for a holiday treat the other day and thought “eggnog”…

…but then I thought how quickly drinking it down would be over. So, I decided to make the eggnog but add chia seeds to thicken it into a pudding.

What’s In This Chia Pudding?

Warm cinnamon and nutmeg pair with the sweetness from the dates or honey. And all that is supported by the creaminess of the coconut milk and egg yolk.

I won’t go so far as to call this a superfood pudding – because it’s a term that’s tossed around a little too liberally these days – but as far as desserts go, this one’s pretty healthy.

Why is This Eggnog Chia Pudding Healthy?

The coconut milk is packed with medium chain triglycerides (MCT) for quick energy, and the egg yolk comes to the table with choline, biotin, and close to an alphabet full of vitamins: A, D, E, K just to name a few.

And of course, chia seeds are touted for their high Omega-3 fatty acid content.

Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

I left out the booze found in traditional eggnog. But hey, if you want to add it, go ahead…you’re the captain of the ship after all.

The result was thick and creamy Eggnog Chia Pudding with just a little sweetness. I used coconut milk instead of dairy, but you could certainly use heavy cream or milk if that’s your preference.

How To Make Eggnog Chia Pudding

This Eggnog Chia Pudding would also be great with cashew or almond milk instead of coconut milk.

You can make this eggnog chia pudding the old fashioned way by tempering the eggs first, but I just made it stupid-easy by dumping most of the ingredients into a pot then heating it gently on the stove until it thickened. The chia seeds really take care of the thickening so you don’t need to get the egg yolks up to a higher temperature.

Just be sure to not let the mixture boil. If it does, the egg yolks will curdle and get lumpy. It’ll still taste good but may not be too pleasing to the eye.

These would make tasty little puddings for Christmas or New Year’s parties…

…and you don’t need a lot to get the eggnog effect.

Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Eggnog Chia Pudding Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau
Eggnog Chia Pudding is a festive dessert that's dairy-free and paleo...and the best part is that it tastes just like eggnog. Simple to make!

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Ingredients

  • 4 large dates or 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 14 oz coconut milk full-fat
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. If using dates, place the dates in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 15-20 min to soften. Drain the water.
  2. Add the dates, coconut milk, egg yolks, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the blender. Blend on high speed until the dates are broken down (about a minute). Pour mixture into a small heavy-bottomed pot.
  3. If using honey, combine the honey, coconut milk, egg yolks, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small heavy-bottomed pot. Heat on low, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens…this should only take a few minutes. Be careful! You don’t want it to curdle so do not let the mixture boil.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the chia seeds. Stir very well. Pour the eggnog pudding mixture into a storage container (I like Mason jars or other glass-lock containers) or serving glasses.
  5. Allow to sit for at least an hour, preferably 2 or more, before eating. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon or nutmeg or some coconut whipped cream before serving.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Eggnog Chia Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 347mg10%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 Responses

  1. Found this on Pinterest – it looks fantastic! Is there any way you can set it up so when we hit the print button it fits on one page? It currently is 4 pages. Thanks!

  2. Oh my gosh, I have been craving eggnog and I think this will do the trick. My kids are coming Tues to celebrate Christmas with me and I think I will make this for them. Who knew chia seeds could thicken a pudding. Since I am pretty new to paleo I am learning all the time. I have 35 years experience in the food industry with cooking and creating recipes but it is always very exciting to learn new and more real techniques.

  3. I tried to print this too and also had a problem. I see where you can eliminate the photos but not anywhere to simply print the recipe plus one photo. Can you please double check to make sure this is working as you expect?

    1. Hi Beth…if you hover over each section, a little shaded box will pop up and say “click to delete.” So instead of checking the box that says “remove images” try that. I am working on retrofitting all my old recipes to a more streamlined system but as you can imagine, it’s taking a while 🙂

  4. Tried this one today and LOVED it. I used the honey. I had a little over a cup of the coconut canned milk and used almond milk for the rest. Was not sure when it was done, but I must have guessed right. Turned out great. Will make again, and again!

  5. This is SUPER good. I’m sad I just “found” this recipe now. So will make again and again. I used honey and it is perfection. Will try dates next time, just to compare the two, but honestly —- the honey version is no slouch!! YUM.

  6. Oh YUM!! These look and sound delicious. We love eggnog – what a perfect way to incorporate the taste (and nutrition!) without all the nasty other stuff. Will make this weekend! Thanks!

    1. Eggs are NOT dairy.

      Dairy = a milk product. Yes they are often sold in the dairy section of the grocery store (along with a ton of other things that aren’t dairy), but eggs are not a milk product. I can’t even believe I have to explain this.

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