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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.
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.
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
- Maple syrup
- Hemp seeds
- Nut butter, such as peanut butter or almond butter
- Raspberry fruit spread or fresh raspberries
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- Chopped pitted dates
- Blueberries or blueberry fruit spread
- 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
- Breakfast quinoa
- Berry bowls
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.
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
Gather and measure all your ingredients.
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.
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.
Chop the strawberries. Chop them small or mash them to get a good consistency. Large chunks do not make a great texture here.
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.
Store these in the fridge for up to three or four days, well covered.
Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.
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Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe
- ½ cup strawberries (diced small)
- 1½ 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)
- Gather and measure all your ingredients.
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.
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.
- Chop the strawberries. Chop them small or mash them to get a good consistency. Large chunks do not make a great texture here.
- 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.