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This delicious Layered Strawberry Chia Pudding is a healthy and tasty way to start the day! Packed with strawberries, this colorful breakfast is dairy-free, gluten-free, low-calorie, low-sugar and vegan. You can also make these ahead of time for an easy, no fuss breakfast for busy mornings.
This Berry Chia Pudding is based on the popular chia pudding recipe and similar to my chocolate chia pudding, but I blend strawberries with some of the chia pudding to add a sweet flavor and more nutrients!
How to make a layered chia seed pudding
- Pour the chia seeds, vanilla almond milk and honey into a large bowl. You’ll notice the chia seed will float to the top
- Stir the chia seeds with the liquid and sweetener and then let settle for a couple minutes.
- Stir again until you see no clumping at the top or bottom and it look like all the seeds are floating evenly.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. It will form a pudding like texture when it’s set.
- When you’re ready to serve the chia pudding, remove about half the mixture and mix with mashed strawberries. Then you can layer the regular pudding with the strawberry chia pudding and serve!
Tips for making chia pudding well
- Make sure there are no chia clumps before refrigerating. It’s important to mix, stop and then mix again to allow the chia seeds to distribute evenly without clumping.
- Don’t skip the sweetener. You might be tempted to skip the sweetener, since we are using strawberries, but chia seeds on their own are pretty bland, so I highly recommend sweetening it up with sugar, honey or maple syrup.
- Make a big batch for meal prep. Mixing one chia pudding is just as tedious as mixing 5 jars or one large bowl. So double, triple and quadruple the recipe to have these on hand all week!
- User clear jars or cups for serving. The layered look of the chia pudding with the strawberries looks best when you serve them this way.
Frequently asked questions
The ratio is 1:4 – that means for every 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, you’ll need 4 tablespoons milk. Usually 2 tablespoons of chia seeds equals a serving so mix that with ½ cup milk for the proper chia pudding ratio.
They are a great source of omega 3, fiber, iron and calcium. They also contain a good amount of protein and can help keep your heart healthy. Chia seeds are really great to include in your diet, they are a great energy boost with so many added health benefits!
Chia seeds themselves have no real flavor, they will take on whatever flavor milk you chose to use, whether it’s almond, soy, coconut or cow’s milk. It has a thick texture, a little like tapioca pudding. Berries make a great addition to chia pudding, to really bring the flavors alive.
Chia puddings are one of my favorite things to make. They are so pretty and easy, and I love that you can make a big batch as they keep so long in the fridge. Try this recipe with your favorite berries!
For more chia seed recipes, check out:
- 3 Ingredient Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Chia Seed Jam
- Easy Overnight Nights
- Glowing Green Smoothie
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This Layered Strawberry Chia Pudding was originally published on March 5, 2017. I’m updating the recipe today slightly and re-sharing it today with more step-by-step photos. Here’s the original photo!
Layered Strawberry Chia Pudding
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups almond milk or milk of choice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup strawberries
- Mixed berries for topping
- Sliced almonds for topping
- Place chia seeds, milk and sweetener in a large bowl or jar and stir to combine. Allow the chia seeds to settle for a few minutes and then stir again until there are no clumps, and all the chia seeds are floating and gel-like.
- Cover the container and refrigerate overnight or for at least one hour.
- Use a small food processor or blender or fork to mash the strawberries. Add half the chia pudding mixture to the strawberries and stir to combine.
- Divide the strawberry chia pudding into four bowls or jars. Add the regular chia pudding on top, and garnish with more berries and nuts, if desired.
- Instead of almond milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk.
- Instead of strawberries, you can puree any other fruit of choice to mix with the chia pudding.