Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia is the latest health craze, and with good reason—it's a superfood. Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, with over 7 times more than found in salmon. They also are loaded with calcium, fiber, and iron. We first tasted chia pudding when experimenting with a dairy-free diet, and fell in love with it—and now we're obsessed with it. While chia pudding may be trendy, and therefore expensive at your local café, it's incredibly easy to make at home and only requires a few ingredients. Buy chia seeds from the bulk section of your grocery store for the best price, or order them online (we found chia for just $3.69 a pound). Light canned coconut milk, we discovered, provides the best texture and flavor—ours is super creamy. You can also add a little regular canned coconut milk for an even richer pudding, or substitute any type of coconut milk beverage if you don't have the canned type. Blueberries and mint complement the coconut flavor perfectly, but you can top the pudding with any combination of fruit or nuts for a delicious and easy breakfast (or dessert!). Try it with our homemade Almond-Vanilla Granola.


Makes 4 Servings - 88¢ per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 can of light coconut milk (13.5 oz), melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces blueberries
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
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Prep time: 5 minutes

Combine chia seeds with coconut milk, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla in a bowl, and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2-4 hours or overnight. Top with berries and mint and enjoy.

Notes:

  • the coconut milk should be melted so that it is a liquid, but not hot. If you like a thicker pudding, add more chia seeds or for a thinner consistency, stir in additional milk. 
  • Not all coconut milks are created equally. After many trials (and errors!), we have found that Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk has superior flavor and consistency if you're willing to spend a few pennies more.

Supplies:

We found chia seeds online (2 pounds for $7.39 or $3.69/pound on Amazon) as well as a good deal on our favorite coconut milk ($19.84/case or $1.65/can), which adds a few cents on to the recipe price but is worth it in our opinion). Maple syrup included here as well for a decent price:



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