Easy strawberry chia pudding tastes like dessert and is a healthy breakfast or snack that is loaded with protein, fiber, and Omega-3. It’s perfectly sweet and full of fresh flavor!
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits! There is nothing more delicious than a fresh picked strawberry. It’s not even close to a strawberry season yet (hello frigid January weather) but I can’t help reminiscing about all things strawberry.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my kid’s never-ending request for snacks, as most of my recipes do. haha. I barely finished the strawberry chia pudding before my kids had pulled up a stool to check it out. One look and my kids were already excited for it!
How to make strawberry chia pudding
I am very happy to report this healthy chia pudding recipe is simple and requires very few ingredients. The recipe starts with making the strawberry puree base in a blender or food processor. Then the chia seeds are added and everything is mixed together. Let sit for 10 minutes, stir again and then transfer to the fridge to thicken for at least 2 hrs or overnight.
This recipe makes the easiest make and take breakfast for the week and can be topped with more fruit, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs and so much more! Call me bias but this is the best chia pudding recipe in my opinion!
What does chia pudding taste like?
Due to the nature of chia seeds, when you combine them with liquid (4:1 ratio is best) they will absorb all the liquid and naturally thicken to create the pudding. You can use a variety of liquids for the base but almond milk happens to be my favourite and the easiest.
If you decide to switch out the liquid, keep in mind a 1:4 ratio of chia seeds to liquid ensures the pudding will be the perfect consistency. Chia pudding does need a few hours in the fridge to set up.
Should I use fresh or frozen strawberries?
You will have to forgive me as I get very passionate about the quality of fruit in colder climates like ours. For this easy chia pudding recipe, you can use fresh or frozen strawberries or any other berry for that matter. BUT, in the winter months, I find the flavour of store bought strawberries to be lacking and bitter.
There are two great solutions to this challenge that I stick to. The first is taking the time to go strawberry picking during picking season. For the price of my labor and a small premium for the farmers, I can pick a substantial amount of strawberries. I then freeze the majority and use it over the winter months. You can also buy pre-picked strawberries direct from farmers at a bit higher of a price.
The second solution is to buy good quality organic strawberries that were frozen shortly after picking. My favorite place to buy organic frozen strawberries is costco. These strawberries taste as good as farm picked strawberries and are the next best thing!
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Easy Strawberry Chia Pudding
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- In a blender or food processor combine the almond milk, strawberries and honey. Blend until combined.
- Pour into a glass storage container. Add chia seeds and mix thoroughly. Let sit for 10 mintues then stir again. Cover and transfre to teh fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- When the strawberry chia seed pudding is firm, layer in a bowl or mason jar and add fun toppings such as cut up fruit, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs granola and more!