Happy Tummy Breakfast Pudding

Have you ever experienced one of those weeks where nothing is moving as it should? Your digestion is slow, your tummy is cramped, and you swear you’ve never been this bloated ever.

I know, it may be a bit embarrassing to admit or talk about, but everyone goes through it at one time or another…. I promise.

I’ve suffered from my fair share of digestive complications. Anytime I’m stressed, overwhelmed, or upset about something, my digestion takes a hit. The smallest bit of anxiety can throw everything out of whack for me.

The most recent blow to my digestion is coming from the transition I’m making from my full-time marketing job to a life of full-time blogging and nutrition consulting. I’m ready to begin the next chapter, but having committed to staying at the office until the end of July, all of my dreams and aspirations are on hold until August 1. It’s left me feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and generally unhappy.

When life gets like this, my digestion flares up leaving me with a tight belly and a busy mind. While incorporating meditation, breathing exercises, journaling, and healing foods generally helps me through these moments, I’ve felt like something was missing.

That was until a reader asked me whether or not I thought budwig cream would be a good breakfast for her and her family. There’s nothing better than receiving a question about something you know nothing about. Each question is a new opportunity to learn and I spared no time in figuring out what this budwig thing was all about. Turns out the stuff is pretty darn nutritious.

Healthy fats + detoxifying ingredients + and fiber power = a healthy and balanced breakfast in my books!

I decided to try out the basic recipe, subbing the cottage cheese for non-dairy almond yogurt and enjoying it with a couple of soaked almonds and fresh fruit. I’ve had a bowl every day for breakfast since so figured it was about time I share this life changing recipe with you!

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Happy Tummy Breakfast Pudding
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 1 cup, 2 servings
Healthy, vegan breakfast pudding to help regulate your digestion. Begin your day with all the nutrients you need to support anything that comes your way!
  • 2 tablespoon whole brown flax seed, freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain like millet, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, rice, or teff, freshly ground
  • 1 whole banana, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon flax seed oil – I used royal harvest caramel flax seed oil
  • !Optional toppings
  • Fresh berries, sliced banana, kiwi, shredded unsweetened coconut, hemp seeds, slivered almonds, etc.
  1. Ground flax seeds and grains.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve with fruit, nuts, and seeds.

    The very same day that I was introduced to a new awesome digestive healing recipe, Superstore started carrying this almond-based yogurt. If that’s not a sign that I was meant to eat this pudding, I don’t know what is.

    Amande yogurt is highly cultured, lightly sweetened, and gluten-free and dairy-free. Whoop!

    This recipe couldn’t be easier to put together. It’s like a smoothie… only better.


    I know, I just said it’s better than a smoothie. You’re probably thinking, ‘What’s wrong with you?’

    I’m not even kidding, it’s better.

    Dress up your vegan pudding with fresh fruit, soaked nuts or seeds, or eat plain. It’ll change the way you deal with digestive traffic jams ;)

    For another one of my favorite happy tummy recipes, check out my ginger and mint fruit salad.

    Do you feel that your digestion is often affected by your state of mind?

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    1. Thanks for sharing Leanne! My digestion is no doubt affected my nerves. Without fail whenever I travel or get stressed out! Like you I try to counter it by incorporate more yoga and relaxation. Eating lots of digestion-friendly foods also helps!

    2. I feel you pain on the digestion – especially when traveling. then I stress about it, which only makes matters worse. It’s a vicious cycle. I’ve found that flax oil does help a lot. Will try out this combo!.

      • Ah yes, traveling. It’s so challenging! I found bringing probiotics with me really, really helps.

    3. Like the other commenters, my digestion is often an issue and I can definitely appreciate tummy-friendly recipes! I saw the Amande yogurt (I think on Instagram – maybe it was your photo!) yesterday and am going to keep looking for it. Out of curiosity, how does its texture compare to regular Greek yogurt?

      • Oh the power of Instagram! Honestly, Greek yogurt is creamier. Most dairy-free yogurts I’ve found aren’t as creamy as Greek, but pretty comparable in consistency to regular run-of-the-mill yogurts. I’m pretty confident I’ve tried every dairy-free yogurt and this almond stuff is by far my favorite!

    4. How interesting..I bet it is super tasty! I have mixed feelings on the Amande yogurt..I tried it awhile back and thought it tasted pretty good…I can’t remember all the ingredients though..guess it’s time I try it again!

      • Ideally it’d be great if I had the time to just make my own almond yogurt… maybe one of these days!

    5. Oh my gosh, I REALLY need to get some vegan yogurt. I don’t have any on my right now. Before I had to cut out dairy, I ate yogurt EVERY SINGLE DAY. I am not even kidding — I ALWAYS had yogurt as my snack in the afternoon because I loved it so much. But once I had to cut it out, I was so grateful for the vegan versions — they saved my life. :) This recipe looks INCREDIBLE!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! <3

      • Mm I know what you mean, I’ve been a yogurt gal my whole life too and going dairy-free years ago was really challenging. Thank goodness more and more great products are coming out to ease our suffering ;)

    6. Thanks for posting this recipe and where you got this yogurt. It looks amazing. I will be making a stop at Superstore (natural foods refrigerated area I’m assuming?). Then try to get my almost 3 year old to eat this as we struggle getting things moving with her digestion. She loves yogurt and I’ve been looking for an alternative to dairy but I can’t stand the taste of soy.

      • You got it! They have all sorts of the yogurt available. They had coconut as well, but I’ve tried it in the past and didn’t care for it. Enjoy!

    7. Leanne,
      Where did you get the cute, tiny white spoon? I’ve seen them in a variety of colors on your blog and other blogs and I’ve been dying to know where they came from.

      • Hi Courtney – I got them at Crate and Barrel. I break them ALL the time… so I just purchased a bunch of them for backup!

    8. Oh my goodness, I can so relate Leanne. My digestive system is also very sensitive. I feel EVERY-thing down there. If I’m the least bit worried, anxious or stressed everything get’s messed up. If I don’t get enough sleep I start feeling down there, too. I also have a lot of food intolerances, so through much trial & error, I’ve learned which foods never to touch if I want to be a happy camper.

      Lovely recipe, as always!

    9. Hi Leanne,
      I was curious if I can send you a private message. I have had digestive issues basically all of my life. With countless tests with no luck…just to hear the conclusion that I have ibs along with food allergies(dairy, corn, shellfish).
      Please let me know if I can send you a message, I just have a few questions.


      ps…i have tryed some of your recipes and they are great! just had the apple quinoa cake this morning..very satisying! :) cant wait till i get a food processor so I can make many more of your recipes!

      • Hi Dana – I’d be happy to meet with you to discuss your sensitivities and struggles with IBS and come up with a plan to help balance your digestion. Working with me as a client will allow us to come up with personalized suggestions for you instead of generalized statements that aren’t tailored to your conditions. If that’s not of interest to you, I’ve written about digestive healing in this series, if you’re interested: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/01/healing-and-repairing-my-digestion-part-i/ I’m glad you liked the cake! I had one for bedtime snack last night. Mmm!

    10. I know exactly what you mean! My tummy is extremely sensitive to stress and anxiety. On days when I am just a ball of nerves, whew, forget about digestion. I eat Greek yogurt everyday, and I can’t wait to try some almond-based yogurt! I’ve never heard of that brand, Almande, before.
      And as for the new transition in your life, I know it can be extremely overwhelming, but there’s sooo much to be gained from it also! I, too, am extremely afraid of change, but I have come to the realization that it’s so good to get out of my comfort zone from time to time. I discovered personality traits, strengths, desires, weaknesses… just myself through every changes I have made. Recently, I made the decision to be a full-time student, and I am so glad that I did. Good luck to you Leanne! I am excited for you!!

      • Hi Min, thank you for your lovely comment. Can’t wait to hear how you like the yogurt! I’m not so much overwhelmed with working for myself – I’m the exact opposite! I can’t wait to get started… but I’m stuck at a job I do not enjoy and am counting down the days until my next journey can begin. I hate being in holding patterns. Thanks for all of your encouraging words :)

        • Ahh I see! Well in that case, I can’t wait for you to start this new chapter in your life! Yay!!
          Oh and btw, I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog. I’m sure you’ve already received so many of these nominations, but I just wanted to show you my appreciation =).

    11. Yes! I definitely think stress is a trigger for us here with digestive issues as is some foods! This looks delicious! I always carry food with me when we travel so I know we have a good basis to start with if we need food fast (and definitely not fast food).

    12. “That was until a reader asked me whether or not I thought budwig cream would be a good breakfast for her”…..but..but… It’s me the reader!!!!!!!! =D =D =D ( I think :/ )

      • Yes, yes, it was you, Valina! Thank you so much for introducing me to it. It’s fabulous!

        • I’m happy that you liked it ^^
          You have to know that I would like to become a nutritionist as you ( i’m thinking to take a certification after my communication degree ), I’ve started one week ago making workouts and running!! You are my “muse” :D

          • That’s so exciting, Valina. Please do share your journey with all of us once you begin studying! It’ll change your life :)

            • I will do that!! I’m so interested in nutrition and food ( as you can see on my blog ) … I spend much time on recipe and health site/blogs than on my university books =P

    13. I am so lazy about breakfast. I always land up with some fruits, cereal and milk. This sounds really nice :)

      • I’m pretty lazy too, so I’ve been making this pudding in the evening then putting them in little containers for the morning with all of the toppings on it already. Just grab and go!

    14. “Have you ever experienced one of those weeks where nothing is moving as it should? Your digestion is slow, your tummy is cramped, and you swear you’ve never been this bloated ever.” –ohmyggodness, YES! I love you for this recipe, and I can’t wait to make it next time I get bloated and cramped!

    15. THank you for this- I often have trouble with my digestion and stomach issues. I recently switched over the almonde (dairy free yogurt) and I feel much better. It’s more calories but has a delicious taste

    16. Thanks for a fabulous recipe Leanne, I’m going to make this tomorrow morning. My digestion slows down towards the end of my monthly cycle so I can’t wait to give this a try. The almond yogurt sounds amazing. I’ve never come across it in the UK although coconut yogurt appeared on our shelves earlier this year so maybe it will arrive on our shores soon!

    17. Hi Leanne! I just recently stumbled across your blog and am loving your nutritious recipes! I completely agree that digestion can be really affected by emotional state. Especially when I’m feeling anxious my stomach lets me know!

    18. Yes I’m having one of those weeks right now in fact, although not due to stress but to certain foods… gotta figure things out! I’ve never heard of budwig cream before… but this pudding does look delicious on such a hot day like today was.

    19. daaaaaang this looks yummmmy! And I totally totally feel the same way about digestion! I’m so glad that you (and others out there) understand how I feel as well. Just yesterday I was feeling one of those “I couldn’t be any more bloated” symptoms, and my husband has come to help me conclude that my digestion gets crazy when physical and mental stress hit me. Thanks for sharing! :) and your pictures are gorgeous!

    20. Thank you for this recipe! My tummy is on a roller coaster of nerves these days…

    21. Hi Leanne! Did you change the colors on the website? At the menu-bar above?… can’t recall this from my last visit (oops – it’s been too long I guess ;)) I love eating Budwig style dishes for breakfast! It’s such a great way to keep your digestion working properly! And I’ve told you many, many times before — I LOVE YOUR PICTURES!! :D :D That’s all for now ;) Love from another Leanne XO

      • I sure did! At the end of May if I remember correctly. I’m a converted budwig enthusiast. Just finished off my daily bowl a couple of minutes ago. Enjoy your day, Leanne :)

    22. Another fabulous offering….superlative pics as well!! I’m always scrounging around for new breakfast fare as it is my FAVORITE meal by far!!…Budwig breakfasts are a staple here on the French/Swiss border…and are a welcome “mover” of healthy bodily function….Thank you so much and bravo for your continual culinary curiosity and your creative “riffs” on them!…Have a lovely week!

      • Thanks, Donna! If you have any other interesting recipes you can think of from your neck of the woods, I’d love to be introduced to them! If they’re anything like budwig, I know I’ll be in love :)

    23. Amen to anything that helps my tummy. Dairy free, soy free, wheat free…..and still my digestion is distressed. Interesting that you mention flax seed oil. My alternative doc recently told me to try this. Thanks for being so honest about your tummy troubles.

    24. my husband found this recipe for me while i’ve been going through a very intense candida detox/cleanse. i can’t wait to try it after i get a little better! my one question is about the whole grain… is it cooked or raw? i’m just having a hard time visualizing ground, uncooked rice going in there. but i’ll do it if you say so!

      also, i recently tried the amande almond yogurt for the first time (i also do not care for the coconut yogurt). people have asked me about it, and the best consistency likeness i can come up with is that of flan. it’s definitely not dairy yogurt, but it’s the best i’ve encountered since!

      • Hi Katie, good luck on the cleanse! Yes, the grain is raw. Just grind it up in a coffee grinder and add it to the pudding. If you don’t have a grinder, I would just omit the grain as store-bought flours aren’t as nutritionally sound as a freshly ground grain would be. For the best nutrition, opt for a grain like amaranth or millet. Hope that helps!

    25. Hi! I had a couple of questions: I am a HUGE fan of chia vs. Flax. Can I sub them out? And also, can I sub out the flax oil for, say, coconut oil? Nothing against flax, I just don’t have it handy and that stuff is expensive ;)

      P.s. I LOVE your recipes! I’ve made several and they’re all so tasty! :)

      • Hi Katie – my purpose with this pudding is to get your digestion moving. If that’s not an issue for you, or your goal, feel free to sub with whatever you have on had. Chia would work, although I would use more like 1 tbsp ground as it’s quite stickier than flax. As for the oil, if you don’t have flax, you could for sure use coconut oil! Just not sure it would give you the same digestive support. Hope that helps!

      • I love kiwi’s for that very reason! Thanks for sharing the study :)

    26. Holy cow! When I saw these ingredients I thought to myself, ” This is a weird one but my digestion is ALWAYS off and why not give it a try?” SO good! I used unsweetened coconut kefir instead of the almond yogurt and millet as my grain and it was so so yummy. I think I’ll try gluten free oats next time. I’m wondering if there may not be something else to use in place of the banana? I would LOVE to add this to my morning breakfast routine but I can’t eat a banana every day. Anyway, love stuff that sounds ridiculous and turns out delish! Thanks a lot Leanne!

      • Hey Lauren, glad you liked it. I would steer clear of the oats if you’re trying to heal your digestion. They can be a bit aggravating to your tract when raw. Millet is best. Great idea with the kefir, I’ll have to try that next time! You can use any fruit you want in place of the banana. I’ve tried peaches, blueberries, and dates.

    27. When I first saw this recipe I ignored it because both puddings and ripe bananas are not my cup of tea. However, lately I felt that my stomach was “off” so I decided to give this recipe a try. I was amazed at how delicious and satisfying it was! Thanks, Leanne for introducing us to this recipe – it will definitely become one of my go-to recipes from now on!

      • I’m really happy that you liked it, Harley. This pudding always seems to help me get back to normal, it’s so great! thanks for giving it a try :)

    28. I might have to try to get my husband to eat this. His digestive issues are largely the fault of too little fiber and water, and eating this with his morning granola and a big batch of tea might just help. It’s also high in calories, which should help him pack on the pounds. (Some friends of ours have described him as a “holocaust survivor”. No lie.)

      • It’s a great little breakfast and you could add some protein powder in there to help with muscle mass!

    29. I didn’t think it could be true but this IS better than a smoothie. And I love love looooove any smoothie out there. This is so creamy and delicious. Some blackberries and u/s coconut on top = perfection. And I must confess…I ate the whole batch : / I think I need to get smaller bowls because I like to tell myself that it doesn’t look like too much for one serving sitting in my big cereal bowl.

      • Oh my gosh, I am the SAME way, Kate! I eat everything out of little ramekins and tea light candle holders so I think I’m eating more than I am or I will eat the whole batch of just about anything. So happy that you liked it!

    30. Hi Leanne, love your site… i have many allergies and you’re the only site that caters to all of them. Love your upbeat tone – I regularly find myself laughing when reading your intro / notes for each recipe. Reading this recipe, I’m wondering if the “Caramel Flax Oil” counts as taking an Omega 3 supplement? I know its important to take Omega 3 but i just haven’t been able to get the oil or capsules down on anything near a regular basis. I’ve tried to the mango flavour, apple flavour… etc. Caramel seems like a promising idea. My other concern is that caramel flavouring often contains gluten / lactose; are you familiar with whether the oil you use is “allergen clean”? Thanks so much!!

      • Hi Heather! Your comment made me smile from ear to ear. Thanks for that! Yes, omega 3 oils can replace supplements. For sure. The caramel product I linked to is gluten-free. They have a lot of different flavors out in the market now from a bunch of different companies and many (most) of them are gluten-free. When in doubt, give the company a call though. Many of them are so friendly on the phone!

    31. p.s. I’m curious why this recipe says two servings? Splitting it in half seems way too small to serve as an entire breakfast. My digestion moves too quickly when even slightly stressed, I hope that the flax doesn’t make that worse?

      • Hi Heather – the serving is small, but the full recipe is over 600 calories which is just far too much for me to eat (personally) in the morning. But it’s a preference thing. Flax will bulk up and regulate your digestion.

        • Thanks very much for your prompt replies Leanne, much appreciated! I’m going to hunt for that Caramel Flax oil out here in Ontario. …. I’ve currently got your cookie dough sleepy smoothie in the fridge preparing for breakfast tomorrow. What a stupdendous idea… making breakfast the night before. I LOVE that I only had to dirty one utensil (the tablespoon); doing dishes is a serious obstacle :P

    32. Hi Leanne! I am so thankful for your site, because I feel that you make eating healthy nourishing food yummy! I loved this pudding, but I’m wondering if you have found non-dairy yogurt without added sugar. I have had issues with Candida, so I need to watch my sugar intake. Any suggestions?

      • Hi Juliet – I have had absolutely no luck on that front… sorry!

    33. Hey, Leanne. :) It’s been about a year and a half since you posted this and I’m wondering if you still use this recipe, and, if so, do you use it as written or have you modified it any due to dietary reasons or being low on an ingredient?

      • Hey Liz – I still eat this almost every day. However now, I use homemade yogurt (from hemp or sunflower milk) and skip on the grains. Hope that helps!

        • I’m sorry. You have a recipe for homemade hemp milk yogurt that you’ve not shared on your site? Why are you holding out on us, woman?! Give it! LOL

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