Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe

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This strawberry chia pudding recipe makes a wonderful breakfast or snack on the go. It’s perfect for fast meal prep because all you have to do is pack it into single-serving containers and store it in the fridge.

If you haven’t tried chia pudding yet, get busy! This easy-to-make stuff is so delicious and so good for you that you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

Two glasses on a marble countertop. On on the counter and one on a cutting board. Both are filled with Strawberry Chia Pudding.

What Is Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is a pudding-like dish made from chia seeds. The seeds are added to a liquid or wet ingredient and, as a result, become gel-like. This creates a pudding-like consistency. If seasoned properly, it’s quite good.

What Does Chia Pudding Taste Like

Chia pudding tastes like whatever you add to it. On its own, it doesn’t have much of a flavor. So it really comes down to what you add to it.

How Long Does Chia Pudding Last

Chia pudding kept in the fridge can last up to a full week. Again, what you add to it can affect this, but by itself, it can last up to seven days.

How Long Does Chia Pudding Take To Set?

In my experience, it takes about 20 minutes or so if left at room temperature. However, if you store it in the fridge immediately, it can take longer. I have heard some people say it took them up to two hours, though I have a hard time believing that.

A side view of a clear glass filled with Strawberry Chia Pudding.

Can I Use Something Other Than Yogurt?

Yes, you can. Start with a quarter cup of liquid and add more as needed after the chia has thickened. Possible options are:

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Unsweetened Coconut milk
  • Unsweetened cashew milk
  • Unsweetened hemp milk
  • Unsweetened rice milk
  • Unsweetened soy milk
  • Any type of nut milk
  • Cow’s milk

What Other Things Can I Add To Chia Pudding?

There are any number of additions you can make to chia pudding, especially fresh fruit. Try any of these:

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Oats
  • Maple syrup
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax
  • Nut butter, such as peanut butter or almond butter
  • Stevia
  • Cacao
  • Raspberry fruit spread or fresh raspberries
  • Mango
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Shredded coconut or coconut flakes
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Acai
  • Blackberries
  • Ginger
  • Chopped pitted dates
  • Granola
  • Blueberries or blueberry fruit spread
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Medjool dates

What To Serve With Chia Pudding

  • Chia pudding goes with a lot of things. Some suggestions are:
  • Breakfast smoothies or even a green smoothie
  • Oatmeal
  • Breakfast quinoa
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Crepes
  • Parfaits
  • Waffles
  • Berry bowls
A partially overhead view of a glass filled with Strawberry Chia Pudding, sitting on a cutting board.

Vegan Chia Pudding

This can easily be made vegan or plant-based. Instead of honey, use maple syrup or some other vegan sweetener of your choosing. Use either a vegan yogurt or plant-based milk to thicken the chia seeds. Everything else is vegan.

This recipe is already vegetarian.

About The Chia Pudding Recipe Ingredients

Fresh strawberries – You’ll want to wash them, remove the stems, and cut them on the smaller side for the best overall texture. You can even mash them if you prefer.

Plain yogurt – This can be dairy-based or non-dairy yogurt, as needed, as long as it’s plain.

Chia seeds – You can find these in many stores these days. But if all else fails, find a local health food store or order them online.

Honey – Any type of honey will work here.

Ground cinnamon

Walnuts – As with the strawberries, you’ll want to chop these small for the best texture. You can also use almonds, cashews, pecans, seeds, or any other nut you prefer.

How To Make Chia Pudding

Instructions

Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe ingredients sitting on a marble countertop in individual bowls.

Gather and measure all your ingredients.

 Yogurt Chia Layer

Chia mix ingredients in a bowl.

Add yogurt, honey, chia, and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well until the ingredients are combined. Let it “soak” for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Walnuts And Berries

Chopped walnuts in a bowl.

Chop the walnuts into small pieces and mix them with ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey. Stir and add water to cover them. Let them soak until the chia is ready. When done, drain the water from the walnuts.

Chopped strawberries on a cutting board.

Chop the strawberries. Chop them small or mash them to get a good consistency. Large chunks do not make a great texture here.

Serving

Two clear glasses filled with strawberry chia pudding sitting on a counter with a towel and some spoons.

Put walnuts in the bottom of the jar. Then add 2 tbsp or more strawberries. Followed by a yogurt chia layer about 2-3 tbsp. Garnish with strawberries and chopped walnuts on top, and sprinkle with some cinnamon.

Notes: You can do these steps in the evening and refrigerate overnight. In the morning you will enjoy a nice breakfast.

Storage

Store these in the fridge for up to three or four days, well covered.

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.

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Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe

Delicious chia pudding you can enjoy for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soak Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 344kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup strawberries (diced small)
  • cups plain yogurt (dairy or non-dairy works)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (or walnut pieces)

Instructions

  • Gather and measure all your ingredients.
    Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe ingredients sitting on a marble countertop in individual bowls.

 Yogurt Chia Layer

  • Add yogurt, honey, chia, and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well until the ingredients are combined. Let it "soak" for about 10 – 15 minutes.
    Chia mix ingredients in a bowl.

Walnuts And Berries

  • Chop the walnuts into small pieces and mix them with ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey. Stir and add water to cover them. Let them soak until the chia is ready. When done, drain the water from the walnuts.
    Chopped walnuts in a bowl.
  • Chop the strawberries. Chop them small or mash them to get a good consistency. Large chunks do not make a great texture here.
    Chopped strawberries on a cutting board.

Serving

  • Put walnuts in the bottom of the jar. Then add 2 tbsp or more strawberries. Followed by a yogurt chia layer about 2-3 tbsp. Garnish with strawberries and chopped walnuts on top, and sprinkle with some cinnamon.
    Two clear glasses filled with strawberry chia pudding sitting on a counter with a towel and some spoons.

Notes

Notes: You can do these steps in the evening and refrigerate overnight. Assemble in the morning for a fast and delicious breakfast.
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 2mg

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds delicious – and that’s coming from a chocoholic! Question: is there a reason you soak the walnuts?

    1. Jineen – It not only softens them, but makes them easier to digest as well. Hope you enjoy it!