Easy 5-ingredient Berry Chia Pudding
July 14, 2020
This berry chia pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast made with just 5 healthy ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free, and packed with plant-based protein!
Now that the weather is warming up I find myself leaning towards cold foods for breakfast. Sure, I love a hot cup of tea in the morning as much as the next Brit (and trust me when I say we love our tea), but waking up to a jar of this berry chia pudding is arguably more exciting. And prettier.
This healthy chia seed pudding comes together in less than 5 minutes. You will need to wait 20 minutes or so for the pudding to thicken – I like to use this time to do some morning yoga – but you could also prepare the chia pudding ahead of time and leave it to thicken overnight.
You could even meal prep a large batch of berry chia pudding on Sunday to enjoy throughout the week. Now that’s smart thinking!
ingredients for berry chia seed pudding:
- Dairy free milk. I love oat milk, but whatever you fancy will work well in this recipe! You could even replace half of the milk with full-fat coconut milk to make your chia pudding EXTRA thick and creamy.
- Agave syrup. To keep things naturally sweetened I like to use agave syrup. You could substitute maple syrup if that’s what you have on hand.
- Goji berry powder. This is the magical ingredient which makes our chia seed pudding purple and berry-flavoured! If you don’t have goji berry powder, you can blend your dairy-free milk with 1/4 cup berries of choice before adding the chia seeds.
- Chia seeds. What would our chia seed pudding be without these little buggers? I call them buggers as they get ALL OVER YOUR KITCHEN. You have been warned. Although, we do forgive the chia seed, for it contains all 9 essential amino acids and is therefore a complete protein source. Go plants!
- Fresh berries, to serve. I love blueberries and blackberries, but cherries would also work well. Or any berry of your choosing! See below for some more topping ideas.
Chia pudding topping ideas:
Okay, let’s cut to the chase here. Smoothie bowls, yoghurt bowls, chia puddings, they’re all just vessels for tasty toppings, right? Behind that healthy breakfast ‘guise is a ulterior motive fuelled by a sneaky desire to eat all the berries and granola. But don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.
This berry chia pudding would be perfect with some homemade stovetop granola. Or if you’re a chocolate fanatic like me, you’ll love my chocolate orange granola recipe – it’s packed with nuts and chunks of dark chocolate!
tips for making perfect berry chia pudding:
Have you ever made chia pudding which is just a bit…meh? Here are my top tips for making perfect chia seed pudding every time!
- To avoid watery chia pudding, use the right liquid: chia seeds ratio. I use a ratio of 1 1/4 cups milk to 1/3 cup chia seeds. This yields a chia pudding which not too thick and perfect for breakfast. If you are a looking for a thicker, more decadent chia pudding, check out my coffee chia pudding recipe!
- To make chia pudding as cleanly as possible, make it in a jar. Using a jar is my absolute favourite way to prepare this healthy berry chia pudding. It avoids mess, reduces washing up, and is also super fun!
- To avoid crunchy chia pudding, ensure you leave it to thicken for at least 20 minutes. I know the wait is tough, especially when breakfast is on the line, but the wait is worth it! You could use the time to do some morning yoga, mediation or reading!
Now you’re all set to make the perfect berry chia seed pudding. And hence to have the perfect morning. Thank me later!
more summery breakfast recipes:
I hope you try this recipe! If you do, I’d love for you to leave a rating + review below or tag me on Instagram @shivanilf so I can see how it goes. You can also keep updated with me on Facebook and Pinterest – I hope to see you there!
Easy 5-Ingredient Berry Chia Pudding
- 1 1/4 cups/ 300 ml Oat Milk or dairy-free milk of choice
- 1.5 tbsp Agave Syrup or Maple Syrup
- 3/4 tsp Goji Berry Powder optional
- 1/3 cup/ 50 grams Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup Berries of choice, to serve
- Add the oat milk, agave syrup, and goji berry powder to a medium-sized jar and whisk to combine. If you do not have goji berry powder, blend together the milk and agave with 1/4 cup berries of choice then add to the jar.
- Add the chia seeds to the jar. Close the lid tightly then shake the chia pudding for about 30 seconds.
- Transfer the chia seed pudding to the fridge for at least 20 minutes to thicken. Serve with fresh berries and granola. Enjoy!
- You can prepare this berry chia pudding ahead of time and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. It’s great for meal prep!
NUTRITIONServing: 1/2 recipe served with 1/4 cup blueberries Calories: 296 kcal | Fat: 10.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 90mg | Carbohydrates: 46.2g | Fiber: 11.9g | Sugar: 16.4g | Protein: 7.8g