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Coconut Chia Pudding

Vegan Gluten-free Lactose-free Low-carb Sugar-free Paleo
Christina Hallalulu

Basic Chia Seed Pudding, flavoured with coconut and topped with fresh berries. This Lila, Chop! recipe for beginners will surprise you with how delightfully delicious healthy can be. Eat it for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert; you'll not only be treating your taste-buds, you'll also be doing your body a huge favour. That's because chia seeds are loaded with fibre, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various micro-nutrients, making them one of the world's most nutrient-dense foods. So with just 3 minutes to prepare and 60-minutes to overnight in the fridge, dessert for breakfast doesn't get any easier. Better yet, you can use this basic recipe as a template for any chia pudding — the flavour variations are endless!

Pudding and Lila sleeping
Dessert for breakfast before Lila's even woken up!
Basic Pudding Ingredients
amount name
Tbsp raw chia seeds
ml light coconut milk, or
ml almond, rice, soy, or low-fat milk
tsp vanilla extract
drops liquid stevia, or
tsp organic maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey (optional, for sweetness)

Topping Ingredients
amount name
cup fresh berries or any chopped fruit of choice
serving almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, or pistachio nuts
tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
generous dusting of ground cinnamon, cardamom, or cacao powder (optional extra)
Servings: (Total Calories: .)
Chia puddings topped with fresh berries and coconut flakes... simple, sweet, & perfect.
time instruction
1 min Whisk base ingredients together in a bowl.
1 min Pour this mixture into serving glasses and cover with plastic wrap.
60 min Refrigerate overnight or for at least 60 minutes.
1 min Remove plastic wrap and top with fruit, nuts, coconut, and whatever other toppings you desire!
63 min total Dig in, because dessert for breakfast never looked so good!

Recipe Tip 1: Chia Pudding Consistency

As a general rule of thumb, use 1 cup (240ml) liquid to 3 Tablespoons chia seeds to make any chia pudding. However, depending on what liquid you use, you might need to adjust these proportions to achieve the desired consistency. If you find it too runny, simply add another couple of teaspoons of chia seeds. On the other hand, if you find it too firm or dense, simply add more liquid. Remember, chia puddings should neither resemble gazpacho soup nor cake. Instead, it should be easy enough to spoon out like tapioca pudding, but this will only happen after you give the chia seeds the right amount of liquid and the right amount of time to soak up this liquid. Anywhere between 60 minutes to 12 hours works!

Chia Puddings
Cheers to the perfect consistency and my favourite toppings!

Recipe Tip 2: Pimp my Pudding

Once you've achieved your chia pudding base, the flavour variations are endless. Simply add whatever flavours you want to the pudding base (spices, sweeteners, cacao, coffee, syrup, or fruit). Then top with whatever toppings you like. I like to top mine with a combination of fruit, spices, and nuts, such as almonds or walnuts. But why not try dark chocolate, peanut butter, or half a chopped up Quest protein bar? You can even try sprinkling your favourite protein powder on top or mixing it in with the base liquid to up the protein content.

Here are some links to my favourite chia pudding recipes:

What a serving of nuts looks like. (Lila, want some?)