Healthy Chia Pudding

BY : PUBLISHED : January 25th, 2021 UPDATED: November 22nd, 2021

Make this delicious & healthy chia pudding for breakfast, snack, or dessert. 

This Vegan Chia Pudding Is: 

  • A great breakfast for those on-the-go mornings.
  • Perfect for breakfast lovers!
  • Plant-based and Vegan
  • Full of omega-3s and packed with fiber.
  • Made with plant-based milk.

completed Healthy Chia Pudding in a glass jar with strawberries in the background

PB&J has been a favorite combination for decades. Creamy (or chunky!) peanut butter mixed with a fruity jam is the perfect comfort flavor mix and we’ll take any chance to put it to good use. But what if I told you that a sandwich is not the only way you can delight yourself in this combo? That’s right, this Vegan Chia Pudding is the healthiest possible version of these classic flavors and we think it might make it to the top of your favorites list. 

Chia Wonders

If there was a competition for the healthiest foods on the planet, chia would definitely be one of the finalists and there are plenty of reasons why. Shall we look at a few of those? One of the most sought-after qualities of these little black seeds is their extremely high content of Omega 3 fatty acids, but their wonderful nutritional powers don’t stop there, they are also packed with antioxidants, fiber, and high-quality protein. 

If you’re interested in lowering your overall inflammation, your blood sugar levels, and your risk of heart disease, then we highly recommend looking for ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. This delicious Chia Pudding is one way!

Interesting fact: these magical seeds come from a plant with the very fancy name, Salvia Hispanica, and were regulars in the diets of Aztecs and Mayans, it doesn’t get cooler than that!

Storing Your Chia Parfait

 Another superpower of this seed is that it swells when paired with liquid and creates a pudding-like consistency, achieved after some resting time of sorts. When preparing chia pudding, which is the base of this chia pudding, you can store it for days in your refrigerator. 

Prep the pudding and leave overnight for a quick, nutritious, and delicious breakfast!

The Ingredients and Substitutes

Strawberry Compote:

  • Frozen Strawberries: 2 cups
  • Sugar: 3 tablespoons

Chia Pudding:

  • Chia Seeds: ½ cup
  • Plant Milk: 1 cup, vanilla
  • Pure Maple Syrup: 2 teaspoons
  • Vanilla Extract: ½ teaspoon
  • Peanut Butter: 4 tablespoons, for garnish.

completed Healthy Chia Pudding in a glass jar with strawberries in the background

How to Make Chia Pudding?

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

Chia Pudding:

  • Add the chia seeds, plant milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl and mix well.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or overnight.

Strawberry Compote:

  • Place strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to medium heat.
  • Cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring and mashing the fruit occasionally to combine.
  • Serve the chilled chia pudding garnished with peanut butter, strawberry compote, and fresh strawberries. 

Healthy Chia Topping Ideas

Not a big peanut butter fan, but want to try this recipe? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few extra ideas of what to garnish your chia pudding with.

  • Vegan chocolate
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel
  • Any kind of nut butter (sunflower, almond, etc)

The great thing about chia pudding is that it is very versatile and allows you to get as creative as you want.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Pop your peanut butter in the microwave to thin out the consistency. Drizzle over the top of the parfait.
  • If making several chia pudding jars for the week, eat the ones with the fruit (like bananas) first or wait and add the toppings when you are ready to eat them to prevent mushy fruit.

FAQs

  • What kind of plant milk should I use? Any plant-based milk will do (coconut, almond, oat, etc). Just make sure it is vanilla for the added flavor.
  • Can I make the chia pudding ahead of time? Yes! Chia pudding is a perfect meal prep recipe and stores well.

completed Healthy Chia Pudding in a glass jar with strawberries in the background

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Healthy Chia Pudding

Toni Okamoto
This mix of peanut butter, jam, chia seeds, and fruit is the absolute best way to enjoy a healthy and nutritious snack. Your tastebuds will love the flavor combo and how creamy and delicious it is!
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 2 jars
Calories 562 kcal
METHOD No Bake
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Compote:

  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

Chia Pudding:

  • ½ cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup or agave
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons of peanut butter for garnish

Instructions
 

Chia Pudding

  • In a bowl add the chia seeds, plant milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or overnight.

Strawberry Compote

  • Place strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to medium heat. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring and mashing the fruit occasionally to combine.
  • Serve the chilled chia pudding garnished with peanut butter, strawberry compote, and fresh strawberries.

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Nutrition

Calories: 562kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 17gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 318mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 20gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 455mgIron: 4mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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