Feb 10

Sweet Potato Pie Chia Pudding

We’re on Day 5 of a successful cleanse!


16 to go.

Honestly, it hasn’t been hard.  It’s been so great having the friend support, and seeing them feel good makes me even more determined.


Results come quickly!  My friend sent me the following message yesterday morning:

I have an inordinate amount of energy.  This from a girl who consumed no less than 6 servings a day of caffeine… I’m like, let me clean the whole house, do laundry, and work all day with my kid on my hip.  WOO!


I’m so proud of my best friend!!!


The daily breakfast smoothies continue.  I do love smoothies.  With all of the random things I throw in them, I rarely end up with the same concoctions (except my favorite Liquid Sweet Potato Pie).

Atlanta finally get cold(er) this week and the thought of a cold drink for breakfast was too much to handle.  Then I remembered – seeds are allowed on the cleanse… that makes chia pudding legal!


I typically make fruit-based chia puddings like this peach cobbler chia or this banana cashew… but there was a giant sweet potato staring at me.  With my favorite smoothie in mind, I decided to try it as a chia pudding.

Sweet Potato Pie Chia Pudding.  Sweet chia, it was good.


Nuts aren’t allowed, so that ruled out adding my usual nut butters… again, seeds are legal… sesame… tahini!  Turned out to be a genius mix-in.  The nuttytoasty flavor came through subtly, adding a cool dimension.


The martini glass certainly added something as well. :)

Cheers to Friday! (Recipe at the bottom of this post.)


Oh yeah… we need a WINNER for the “Be My Veggie Valentine” giveaway for 1 of 3 boxes of Almond “Heart Beet” cookies and Grapefruit Fennel cookies from Cookie Underground!

Thank you for all of the creative veggie cookie suggestions!  It seemed like a carrot and/or sweet potato ginger flavor was the most popular.  You know I loved that with my orange-food obsession.


Winner #1:

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

Winner #2:

Ashley @ Freckles & Spice


Winner #3:


Please email me your addresses ASAP in order to receive your cookies for V-Day!!!



Sweet Potato Pie Chia Pudding

  • 1/4 large sweet potato, baked
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (or other liquid of choice)
  • 2 tsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 2-3 drops vanilla stevia
  • Shake of salt
  • Pinch cloves


In a bowl, mash up the sweet potato until smooth.  Mix in all other ingredients and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or overnight).  If it looks too thick, add more milk or water as needed.

Stir and enjoy!


Weekends are always my clean-eating weakness, so I’m really excited to have a dinner and game night with my cleanse buddies!

Have you made chia pudding before?

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend?  Share your plans – let me live vicariously!



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  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    for some reason i just really don’t like the texture of pudding. but you may have inspired me to put some sweet potato in my smoothie!

    1. Laura

      Yay! Let me know how you like it. :)

  2. Tiff

    The pudding sounds good and all, but it look fantastic in that martini glass. Classy pudding?

    1. Laura

      Totally! Being on a cleanse doesn’t mean I can’t use fun glassware. :)

  3. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I have yet to try sweet potato dessert anything! You’re slowing convincing me to take my love for this veggie to the next course…hahaha! I think (like Lindsay) I’m going to start with a smoothie and go from there! Happy Friday!

  4. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    You know my weakness… chia seeds and sweet potatoes =) I believe I have never tried that combination lol!!
    Def making this for sure! Have a great weekend!!

    1. Laura

      Our palettes were separated at birth. :) Let me know if you try it!

  5. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I know it was random, but this still makes you my favorite person! So excited to try the cookies!

    1. Laura

      I was excited to see you wonI was excited to see you won! Can’t wait to see what you think – they are soooo delicious.

  6. Kelly

    This looks so delicious and I love the presentation in a martini glass! :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better cocktail-style. :)

  7. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    I’ve never made chia pudding before but it sounds so tasty!!

  8. Choc Chip Uru

    So creative – love the flavouring combinations and that cute presentation!
    You are too good :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Three Layer Brownie Cheesecake

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I’m pretty sure I could eat sweet potato for every meal. :)

  9. Suzi

    sounds good and looks even better in a champagne glass. Good luck on the cleanse. What exactly does that mean?

    1. Laura

      That cleanse? I talked more in detail on Wednesday, but it’s basically a 21 days of veggies and fruits… and some protein shakes.

  10. Cucina49

    That looks so good–I can’t believe you’re doing a cleanse. You are a rock star, because I could never handle it. The lack of caffeine alone would send me into a stupor.

    1. Laura

      That’s what I thought, but the funny thing is we have all commented on how much MORE energy we have. Craziness.

  11. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I’ve got to try chia seeds – I’m reading about the Tarahumara and how they use them to fuel their incredible stamina in runs!

    1. Laura

      They are pretty awesome – super hydrating and I swear they give me energy.

  12. Balancing Sylvia

    Sweet Chia that SOUNDS good! :)

  13. Sarah

    This is very interesting indeed, and I would love to just have it overnighted to me here because it got really cold and I am feeling like being pampered. I have never used chia seeds. think it may be time? is this pudding sweet or more neutral?

    1. Laura

      It got cold here too! I’m not happy… being pampered sounds awesome. :)

      The pudding isn’t too sweet, but you could add more stevia (or sweetener of your choice) to adjust to your tastes.

  14. Kiri W.

    Nooooo, my cookiiiiiies! ;)
    The pudding looks yummy, though I’ve never actually had sweet potato pudding. Or chia pudding, for that matter.

    1. Laura

      You have to try it! Some people have to get used to the texture, but I find it to be a good alternative to yogurt in the morning.

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    This looks delicious! I love sweet potato oatmeal/smoothies/pudding but I’m always too lazy to wait 45 minutes to bake a sweet potato. And I never think to bake one ahead of time. :P

    1. Laura

      I bake them 3-4 at a time, otherwise I’d be wayyyy to lazy to wait. :)

  16. Maggie @ kitchie coo

    I love how you classed up your cleanse pudding with martini glasses. I swear you can make anything look fun! While I am still scared of doing a cleanse (I’m afraid I’ll be hungry all day!), I am inspired by all of the bloggers I’ve seen doing them lately. So, maybe, just maybe I’ll buck up and do one soon. Thanks for sharing your journey!

    1. Laura

      This one really isn’t bad. I eat a pretty plant-based diet anyway though. It’s nice because you an still eat food and can eat unlimited amounts of veggies, so you aren’t ever starving.

  17. Healthiful Balance

    I need to get my hands on some chia seeds soon so I can make this. I’m going to make an iHerb order soon! :)
    Congrats to the winners!

  18. Eliot

    I love anything with Sweet Potatoes! Great post.

  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    I’ve never had sweet potato pie, but no doubts that this pudding is absolutely delish!

    1. Laura

      You’ve never had the pie?! You have to try it – it’s like pumpkin, but better.

  20. Baker Street

    Wow! Never tried a sweet potato pie but would absolutely love to.

    1. Laura

      I can’t believe you and Stephanie haven’t had it! Maybe it’s a Southern thing? They are really good!

  21. Bonnie

    Wow…what a concoction! I would love to make this sometime for a healthy treat/small meal…so creative, Laura! And I loved hearing your how your friend is feeling b/c of the cleanse – way to go, best friend! :D

    1. Laura

      A concoction, it was! :) Please let me know if you try it!

      I’ll pass the world along to her – I am SO proud of her and her mamma who has changed her eating habits as well. Cheers to healthy living!

  22. Jackie

    What can we substitute tahini with? Would we substitute equal amounts?

    1. Laura

      Any nut butter would work – equal amounts. You could add more or less, according to your preference.

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  24. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I could take a bath in that. I wonder if it would “bring all the boys to my yard”! – Ya, ya. I know that ain’t a milkshake, but still – milkshakes are soooo 2008!

    1. Laura

      Right?! 2000 and LATE.

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