Coconut Chia Pudding

After a taste of this cool, creamy, sweet pudding – silky with coconut milk and almost jelly-like, topped with blueberries bursting with freshness – you might want to re-think your stance about healthy desserts not being “your thing.”

You might want to re-think your habit of always, ALWAYS, going for the rich, decadent, chocolate desserts – and instead start going for something light and summery and healthy.

You might want to keep in mind that it’s so healthy, packed with omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, that it will be a good idea to start eating this for breakfast for a super-charged start to your day. (Plus, it satisfies your penchant for dessert for breakfast.)

What makes it so darn healthy? It’s the chia seeds – a great source of protein and omega-3s – which, when soaked in a liquid (in this case, light coconut milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk) plumps up with a gelatinous coating, magically transforming a slightly weird looking mixture into pudding.

It’s also the blueberries, one of the world’s healthiest (and prettiest) fruits, which helps reduce risks of diseases and boosts our brain power.

There’s added texture from unsweetened shredded coconut, a little bit more sweetness from turbinado sugar (unprocessed, dark brown raw sugar), and some cuteness from little baby mason jars. (This is good if you also have a penchant for adorable baby versions of anything.)

So good, so creamy, so perfect, you might consider this blueberry-topped dessert is even more delicious than the blueberry pie you ate last weekend….

Or at least equal to pie.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Ingredients

1 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Divide between smaller cups or containers, chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I find that chilling overnight is best.
  3. Top with fresh blueberries before serving.

I ended up with four half-cup servings (but ate one while shooting these photos). It’s easy to play around with the flavors – use regular milk instead of coconut and almond, or soy, add other berries, maybe even top with toasted coconut flakes. Let me know if you come up with new flavor combinations!

   

21 Responses to “Coconut Chia Pudding”

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I have mixed feelings about chia seeds but am willing to give them another try, because I trust you ;) This flavor combo sounds delicious!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted July 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    This sounds delicious! Love all the combination of textures in here – makes for so many fun bites!

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    Shannon posted July 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    love chia pudding, especially with coconut! and blueberries- or any other fruit :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted July 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I need to pick up a bag of chia seeds NOW. I’ve heard how great they are for you, and now that I can have them in dessert, I’m sold!

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    Honey, What's Cooking posted July 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    yum, this looks so heavenly.
    love coconut milk and the addition of chia seeds.

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    Monica posted July 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve only just gotten into flax seeds so not sure I’m quite ready for chia though I’ve heard so many great things. I am glad to hear you say it’s so wonderful though. I’ll keep it in mind and your puddings do look wonderful!

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    Meghan posted July 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Lovely photos! I like to make chia pudding with dark chocolate almond milk. I am a huge chia fan!

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    Joanne posted July 30, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I could never totally give up my less-than-healthy desserts…but there’s always room in my life for a bit of fresh fruity sweetness! This looks great!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted July 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I love putting chia seeds in smoothies! This is a great idea to put them in pudding

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Super interesting. I have actually never tried chia seeds!

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    Simply Life posted July 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    yuuuum! this looks so good! what a great combo!

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    Tiffany | baking at tiffanys posted July 31, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I keep hearing about chia seeds but have yet to try them. I love blueberries so this already looks yummy. Would love some for breakfast!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted July 31, 2013 at 2:23 am

    This pudding sounds delicious! And since it is healthy I can eat a second serving guilt free. Win win in my book.

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    Kumar's Kitchen posted July 31, 2013 at 2:28 am

    such a soothing pudding…healthy and delicious :-)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted July 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Looks like such a yummy and wholesome snack, Bianca! Great recipe!

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    The Squishy Monster posted July 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Chia seeds FTW!!!!

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    Leng posted August 1, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I didn’t realise that happens to chia seeds! Awesome recipe Bianca! I’ll try to remake this! =)

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com posted August 1, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I haven’t tried chia pudding wth cocnut milk b4-this sounds and looks GREAT! thanks for sharing!

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    grace posted August 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    i’ve heard nothing but good things about chia seeds, but i haven’t had the opportunity or gumption to try them yet. this is a superior use for them, for sure!

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