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Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding

A berry chia pudding makes the perfect healthy and delicious breakfast! Made with wholesome ingredients like chia seeds, almond milk, and fresh fruit, this recipe is both tasty and nutritious.

Berry chia pudding in a clear glass topped with fresh berries.

This delightful berry chia treat is incredibly easy to make – simply mix together chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, then let it sit in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and become thick and creamy, creating a pudding-like consistency.

To take this pudding to the next level, top it with fresh raspberries and sliced banana. These fresh fruits add a burst of flavor and provide additional nutrients and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.

Key Ingredients

Dairy free chia pudding ingredients- raspberries, blueberries, milk, honey, vanilla, banana, and chia seeds.
  • Type of Milk: Choose the milk of your choice. Almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and cashew milk are great options.
  • Whole Chia seeds 
  • Sweetener: I like to use honey or maple syrup.
  • Vanilla extract: Optional, but a good idea to add.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding

Step 1: Make the pudding

Mix milk, maple syrup, vanilla and chia seeds in a bowl until well combined.

Chia seed pudding in a glass bowl with a whisk.

Step 2: Keep it cold

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours (1 hour at least).

Chia seed pudding in a glass bowl covered with plastic wrap.

Step 3: Make the simple jam

Process raspberries and half of the banana in a blender.

Red fruit puree in a food processor.

Step 4: Pour into cups.

Divide the berry-banana puree between two serving glasses.

Red fruit puree in clear glasses.

Step 5: Add the chia pudding.

Remove from the refrigerator a bowl of chia pudding, mix and spread on top of the berry layer.

Berry chia pudding in a clear glass topped with fresh berries and a spoon and fresh berries around.

Step 6: Garnish

Garnish with berries and serve.

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How to Serve Chia Pudding

A favorite way to serve chia pudding is with a layer of fruit for more flavor. Just mix 1 cup of raspberries and 1/2 of a banana in a blender or a food processor and add a layer of the fruit puree into the pudding jar.

Tips for Making the Best Portable Breakfast

  • If you want more of a creamy texture, add a Tablespoon of coconut cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Let chia pudding rest at least 4 hours in the fridge for proper consistency. The chia seeds need time to absorb in the liquid.
  • For a chocolate pudding, add in a teaspoon of cocoa powder.
  • The recipe makes for two servings and can be mixed in one bowl.

Topping Ideas for Chia Pudding

If you are making chia pudding for the first time or not, there are so many ways to serve this protein-packed pudding. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Fresh fruit (berries, bananas, mangos, etc.)
  • Nuts ( chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • Shredded coconut (sweetened or not)
  • Granola (my favorite addition)
  • Chocolate ganache 
  • Honey 

Expert Tips

  • For a creamier pudding, blend the ingredients together in a blender before letting it sit in the fridge.
  • Experiment with different fruit combinations – this pudding works well with any type of berry or sliced fruit.
  • Add some crunch to your pudding by topping it with chopped nuts or granola.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, this pudding is perfect for meal prep! Just mix together the ingredients and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Can I use frozen fruit instead of fresh?

Yes, frozen fruit works just as well in this recipe. Simply thaw it beforehand and use it as you would fresh fruit.

Can I use a different type of milk?

Absolutely! This recipe works well with any type of milk, including dairy milk, soy milk, or oat milk.

Berry chia pudding in a clear glass topped with fresh berries and a spoon and fresh berries around.

More Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas to Make

One of our family favorites is these yogurt parfaits with fruit, perfect on the go or quick breakfast at home. Another is a chia seed mango pudding cup, especially when fresh mangos are in season.

More Chia Seed Recipes to Try

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Berry chia pudding in a clear glass topped with fresh berries and a spoon and fresh berries on the side.

Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding Recipes have hit a spike in google searches. Tablespoons of chia seeds with a choice of milk, sweetener, and fruit in a mason jar can be made ahead. It’s the perfect breakfast for meal prep for busy mornings.
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Course: Breakfast, brunch, Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings2 people
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

  • bowl
  • blender
  • Spoon
  • whisk

Ingredients

For the chia layer:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • ½ banana

Instructions

  • Mix milk, maple syrup, vanilla and chia seeds in a bowl until well combined.
    1 cup almond milk, 4 Tbsp chia seeds, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract
    Chia seed pudding in a glass bowl with a whisk.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours (1 hour at least).
    Chia seed pudding in a glass bowl covered with plastic wrap.
  • Process raspberries and half of the banana in a blender.
    1 cup raspberries, ½ banana
    Raspberries and sliced bananas in a food processor.
  • Divide the berry-banana puree between two serving glasses.
    Red fruit puree in clear glasses.
  • Remove from the refrigerator a bowl of chia pudding, mix and spread on top of the berry layer.
    Chia pudding in glass cups.
  • Garnish with berries and serve.

Notes

  • Use fresh fruit for the simple jam. 
  • Make sure the pudding chills in the fridge before adding the fruit. 

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing, Marina! I’m a huge fan of chia pudding, and I’ve added lots of different toppings, but I’ve never layered it on top of anything. This was such a special treat for breakfast. I can’t wait to make this again.