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Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding is thick, creamy and tasty! It is healthy, high in fiber and and makes a perfect breakfast, dessert or snack.

Coconut Milk is one of our favorite ingredient in the kitchen. Some of our favorite ways to use is in this Almond Butter Truffles or Pina Colada Smoothie.

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chai pudding made with coconut milk in jars topped with berries.

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Luscious pudding that is amazingly thick and creamy, no-cook and topped with favorite fruits of the season. It will leave you filling and perfect on a hot summer day. Packed with nutrients, it makes a healthy breakfast, snack or even dessert. These humble seeds absorb 10 times the weight in liquid and create a pudding-like texture.

Coconut milk is perfect to use for creamy dairy-free recipes because it’s high in fat and creates a really rich taste.

Why you’ll love this recipe?

  1. Quick and Easy – Simple to prepare within minutes and set in the refrigerator for at least three hours before serving. It is no cook, simply stir and chill recipe.
  2. Thick and Creamy – The seeds soaks up the thick liquid and creates an amazing pudding texture.
  3. Meal Prep – Perfect in the fridge or freezer for a quick grab-and-go filling treat.
  4. Perfect for summer – Refrigerated puddings are great for hot days when you want to cool down.
  5. Amazingly healthy – It is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and omega-3s.
  6. Dietary needs – It is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

Origins of Chia Seeds

It’s believed that they are native to Central America and was a staple in ancient aztec diet as early as 3500 BC. Later, it was grown in Mexico by the Teotihuacan and Toltec people. It was used in medicine, ground into drinks or pressed for oil. (Find more details here)

THE RATIO

The ideal ratio is important to make the creamy texture. This recipe needs a little less seeds due to thickness of coconut milk when compared thinner almond or regular milk.

Upon testing many times, we found that 2 and 1/2 tablespoons chia was perfect for 1 cup liquid. Too much liquid will result in a not-as-thick consistency whereas too less liquid will end up in a crunchy gel.

BEST COCONUT MILK TO USE

There are regular fat and light variety available in stores. Light milk is just regular fat milk thinned down with some water. Both work in this recipe, however the regular fat makes the creamiest pudding and thickens faster. We used the canned variety.

Other milks like regular or plant based may be used. Remember to use 4 tablespoons chia for 1 cup liquid.

CAN I USE OTHER SWEETENERS?

We used maple syrup to make this healthy and vegan. Other sweeteners like honey, agave or sugar may be used.

HEALTH BENEFITS

One of the healthiest recipe that you will indulge in! It is rich in fiber, calcium, manganese, copper, omega-3s, antioxidants. It is also an excellent source of protein, anti-microbial, anti inflammatory. The soluble fiber can help with weight loss and also aid with constipation (Check out more details here)

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO THICKEN?

The seeds begin to absorb the liquid almost right away. We like give it a stir after about 5 minutes to avoid clumping up. It is then refrigerated for at least 4 hours to overnight. If you are in a rush, then you can eat in about an hour or so.

WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?

The seeds does not have any flavor on their own. So the recipe will taste like the other ingredients used like the tropical flavors of coconut and cardamom. Feel free to use your favorite flavorings like vanilla or almond extract.

As for the texture, it’s like a thick tapioca pudding with some texture from the seeds. You can blend the mixture in a blender until smooth, to give a mousse like texture.

DO YOU EAT HOT OR COLD?

Ideally, this is best served cold straight from the fridge. However, it can be enjoyed hot as well. If you want to eat it warm, them heat in a microwave as you would with oatmeal.

TIP – Don’t be afraid to salt! A scant pinch of salt makes the flavors pop and makes it taste amazing.

TOPPING IDEAS

Here are a few suggestions for topping:

  1. Fresh Berries – Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.
  2. Pina colada – Chopped fresh pineapple and shredded coconut.
  3. Banana Nut – Sliced banana and toasted almonds.
  4. Mango – Chopped fresh ripe mango.
  5. Jam – Top with your favorite fruit jam.
  6. Nuts – Chopped toasted almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts.
  7. Cherry – Chopped fresh cherries.
  8. Chocolate – Mini chocolate chips or shredded chocolate.
  9. Granola – Your favorite granola.

INGREDIENTS

  1. Chia seeds – Both white and black variety will work for this recipe. Make sure that they are not old.
  2. Coconut milk – Both regular and light variety will work. We used canned variety.
  3. Sweetener – Maple syrup makes it healthy and vegan.
  4. Flavoring – Freshly ground cardamom compliments other flavors in this recipe. Feel free to use vanilla instead.

Pro Tips for Success

  • Cardamom – Use freshly ground cardamom instead of store bought cardamom powder.
  • Use other flavorings – Try using other flavorings like vanilla or almond extract instead of cardamom.
  • Mix twice – Mix again after 5 minutes to avoid clumping and then refrigerate for a few hours.
  • For the perfect texture, place in the fridge overnight to set so the chia seeds really have time to expand. 
  • Use your favorite sweetener like honey or sugar.
  • Coconut milk – Use regular or light can.
  • Salt – A scant pinch of salt elevates the taste.
  • Make single serving – Divide set pudding in small mason jars, top with your favorite topping and store in the refrigerator for a quick grab and go single serving snack any time.
stirring coconut milk with chia seeds in a jar.
ingredients needed to make chia seed pudding.

HOW TO MAKE?

One of the most easiest of recipes. Mix all ingredients and chill! Top with fresh fruits or nuts and serve.

HOW TO STORE?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in a sealed jar or container. It can also be frozen for up to a month. Leave overnight in the refrigerator to thaw.

Troubleshooting – Make sure that the seeds aren’t old to ensure optimal thickening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are You Supposed To Chew Chia Seeds?

They are supposed to be chewed. Since they can absorb liquid 10 times their weight, they can be dangerous if consumed dry.

How long does it last?

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days or frozen for up to a month.

Why is it healthy?

It is made with good-for-you ingredients that are high in protein, healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants.

How many calories in one serving?

One serving contains 407 calories, 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

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glass jars with coconut chia seed pudding topped with berries.

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coconut chia pudding in glass jars with a spoon.

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 2 minutes

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding is thick, creamy and tasty! It is healthy, high in fiber and and makes a perfect breakfast, dessert or snack.

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients into a large mason jar and mix until thoroughly combined. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then stir well (this step will make sure that the seeds mix evenly without clumping).

2. Seal the jar and chill for at least 5 hours (or up to 4 days).

3. Top with your desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Cardamom – Use freshly ground cardamom instead of store bought cardamom powder.

Use other flavorings – Try using other flavorings like vanilla or almond extract instead of cardamom.

Use your favorite sweetener like honey or sugar.

Coconut milk – Use regular or light can.

Salt – A scant pinch of salt elevates the taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g

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