Chia pudding can be dressed up in many different ways and flavors, like in this berry chia pudding recipe that can be made with your favorite type of berries.
Did you know that chia seeds are a source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids? They are also high in antioxidants and minerals such as iron, calcium, and manganese. In other words, these tiny little seeds are superfood delicious! They’re perfect in this easy and healthy recipe for a berry chia pudding that you can make any time you want to treat yourself without feeling guilty about it. Chia seeds have some unique properties that make them the perfect base for this chia pudding. These small seeds are packed with soluble fiber (20% of their dry weight) which is great for keeping your blood sugar stable by slowing down digestion and keeping sugar levels from spiking after eating.
We highly recommend adding chia seeds to your diet, and chia pudding is an excellent way to do that. Chia seed pudding is a delicious breakfast or snack and it is vegan and gluten-free! If berries are not your thing, try this basic chia pudding recipe.
Who Doesn’t Love a Good Chia Pudding?
Chia seeds are a versatile ingredient that can be added to almost any dish. They are often used in puddings, smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods. Because chia seeds are so absorbent, they can be used to thicken up a variety of different recipes. They’re also a great substitute for eggs if you’re allergic. The seeds can be used to make a chia pudding that is rich, creamy, and slightly gelatinous. Chia seeds have a mild flavor, and they absorb the flavor of other ingredients while holding their own. This makes them perfect for savory and sweet dishes alike. Chia seeds are a great addition to any diet. They are high in fiber and protein, low in calories, and free of gluten. They are also a good source of magnesium and antioxidants.
What’s So Good About This Recipe?
This recipe is a simple way to introduce chia seeds into your diet. You can flavor a chia pudding with almost anything. The sweetness of dates, strawberries, and vanilla makes this recipe a great treat. You can also make savory chia puddings using vegetables, herbs, and legumes. This chia pudding is made with whole foods, has no added sugar, and is high in protein and fiber. The chia seeds and apples will keep you feeling full for hours. This is great for those looking to lose some weight or manage their blood sugar. Chia puddings make perfect grab-and-go breakfasts. You can easily add some protein powder, nuts, or seeds to boost the nutritional value even more.
A Healthy Dessert that Tastes Like a Treat
This recipe for berry chia pudding is not only delicious but also incredibly healthy. It is low in fat, high in protein, and gluten-free. The coconut milk could be substituted for other non-dairy milk to make it vegan and dairy-free. Coconut milk is naturally sweet, so you don’t have to add any additional sugar to this recipe, but dates are a great addition if you do have a sweet tooth. Even if you are trying to lose weight you can enjoy this health-conscious treat.
Here is what you will need to make berry-flavored chia pudding:
- chia seeds
- milk alternative
- dates or sweetener of choice
- strawberries or berries
- vanilla extract
See the recipe card for quantities.
Additions + Toppings
There are so many different ways to customize this recipe. You could substitute the berries for apples, pears, or other fruits. You could also add cacao powder to make a chocolate chia pudding. This recipe could be topped with some chopped nuts and seeds, dried fruit, fresh fruit, coconut flakes, or even coconut whipped cream.
Blend the milk, dates, and berries in a blender.
In a jar add the blended berry milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients (the chia seeds + vanilla extract).
Put on a tight-fitting lid and shake for about 30 seconds until it is all mixed and there are no more dry patches of chia seeds.
Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
Serve with your favorite toppings.
Keep refrigerated. Best within 5 days.
Blender + Sealable Container
Best within 5 days.
If you prefer a thicker chia pudding (like I do) let the pudding set a bit longer or even overnight. This leaves ample time for the chia seeds to really soak in the vegan milk alternative.
For a creamier chia pudding, use vegan milk like coconut milk or even extra creamy oat milk. Note: canned coconut milk or cream will be much creamier than the carton which often uses a thickening agent.
For sweetening, if you do not have dates, you could also use a more natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave syrup.
Berry Chia Pudding Recipe
- sealable container
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup milk alternative
- 2 pitted dates or sweetener of choice
- 1/2-1 cup strawberries or preferred berries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- toppings: fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut whip cream, yogurt alt., splash of milk alt.
- Blend the milk, dates, and berries in a blender.
- In a jar add the blended milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients (chia seeds + vanilla).
- Put on a tight-fitting lid and shake for about 30 seconds until it is all mixed and there are no more dry patches of chia seeds.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
- Keep refrigerated. Best within 5 days.
- Make sure to remove the pits and caps from the dates - or the pits and blender are going to have a battle.
- Berries can be fresh or frozen.
- If you prefer a thicker chia pudding let the pudding set overnight.