This strawberry chia pudding is a sweet, nutritious breakfast or dessert the family will love. Refreshing, nutritious, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Strawberries can bring a lot of flavor and color to a meal. They are beautiful, bright red berries full of sweet, juicy flavor that we all love.
In this strawberry chia pudding, the strawberries are the star of the show. However, there are hidden nutrients added into this pudding that you wouldn’t even guess were there!
For example, adding chia seeds and oat milk to the pudding really boosts the nutritional value. Not only is this little treat beautiful and healthy, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.
Because of these added health benefits, this strawberry chia pudding is a great addition to a weight loss diet or healthy eating plan.
How Nutritious Are Chia Seeds?
You might be wondering what chia seeds are? And how are they good for you?
Surprisingly, these tiny little seeds pack in a lot of nutrients. They have a lot of health benefits.
Some of these health benefits include being high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They are also good sources of calcium and magnesium.
One serving is about two tablespoons (28 ounces). Additionally, each of those servings only has 137 calories.
They are added to a lot of diets because of these incredible nutritional facts. High fiber is a critical component when choosing foods to eat during a weight loss regimen.
Because of this, you can add just a few chia seeds to your diet here and there. And then you are easily increasing your fiber intake throughout the day.
Now, with that added fiber in your diet, you are accelerating on your weight loss journey. That added fiber will help you feel full quicker and keep your digestive system healthy.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Oat milk – Oat milk is a dairy-free milk alternative. It’s also vegan, soy-, and nut-free. It’s fortified with Vitamin B and is a great choice for this recipe.
Oat milk is pretty easy to find now that it’s become popular (either in stores or online). But if you cannot find any, you can also substitute with almond or coconut milk.
Vanilla extract – Using pure vanilla extract is the key here. It will provide the best flavor. It’s not crucial to the pudding’s nutritional elements, so you can omit it if you don’t have any on hand.
You could also substitute with a small amount of vanilla bean paste or another type of extract (like almond).
Chia seeds – Chia seeds are the main ingredient in chia pudding. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and omega-3s. These seeds are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and even keto-friendly.
Maple syrup – Maple syrup is an ingredient that shouldn’t be replaced with an artificial version. Pure maple syrup is a natural sweetener for the pudding.
It also provides antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals organically. Honey and agave are comparable substitutes for maple syrup.
Strawberries – Strawberries are the highlight of this particular recipe. Frozen strawberries will work if you do not have fresh available.
Some other berries that you could try are blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
How to Make Strawberry Chia Pudding
The first thing you will do is get together all of your ingredients to make the chia pudding. Those ingredients are chia seeds, oat milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
Keep in mind that you will make the strawberry sauce separate from the chia pudding. You will need the strawberries and water for that step.
The first step to making the strawberry mixture is putting strawberries and water in a blender to combine.
Afterward, you can store this sauce in a small container in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Next, combine the chia pudding ingredients in a bowl. Be sure to mix them together well so that everything is mixed thoroughly.
Next, wrap the bowl with plastic wrap. Then you will place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
This step is essential because it is the time needed for the pudding to thicken.
After the time has passed, you’re ready to serve the pudding. It’s time to go back to the refrigerator and remove both of the items.
Next, portion out the strawberry mixture into two serving bowls. After that, top the strawberry mixture with even portions of the chia pudding.
Now garnish the pudding with a few strawberry slices, and you are done! It’s time to grab a spoon and enjoy.
How Long Can Chia Pudding Last in the Fridge?
Chia seed pudding is a great item to make ahead of time for weekly meal prep. It can stay fresh for as long as five days in the refrigerator.
It’s best to either wrap each portion or use small containers with lids to keep the chia pudding as fresh as possible. Small, single-serve cups like this would work great.
You may wish to wait to place the strawberry slice garnishes on top just before eating for best results.
How Do You Fix Runny Chia Pudding?
What happens if your pudding doesn’t completely thicken the way that you like? It’s an easy fix.
After you have mixed the pudding the first time, there might be a chance it’s still a bit runny. This could especially happen with oat milk as it’s usually not as thick as other milk (like coconut milk).
Simply add a few more teaspoons of chia seeds into the pudding and mix them together. Then put the pudding mixture back into the refrigerator and let it chill for another 30 minutes.
After that has passed, your chia pudding should be just the right consistency! If it’s not, repeat those steps until you have reached the consistency you like.
Other Chia Pudding Ideas
- Blueberry Chia Pudding
- 10 Oatmeal Toppings
- Mango Chia Pudding
- Banana Chia Pudding
- Coconut Chia Pudding
- 10 Healthy Toasts
- Cacao Chia Pudding
Watch Full Instructions
For all the visual learners out there, here is a full tutorial on how to make this chia pudding and extra 6 other chia puddings.
Strawberry Chia Pudding
- 1 cup oat milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tbsp water
- Strawberry slices
- Mix oat milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Cover the bowl in refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Blend strawberries with water in a blender. Divide them into 2 cups/glasses.
- Top the strawberry blend with the chia pudding out of the refrigerator.
- Add a few strawberry slices on top.