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Amazing Healthy Cherry Chia Breakfast Pudding

This Amazing Healthy Cherry Chia Breakfast Pudding hits all the delicious flavor notes. Almond Milk, Maple Syrup, Chia, Vanilla, Almond Butter, and many sweet Cherries! You will LOVE this easy vegan and gluten-free recipe. Cherries are one of our favorite fruits.

Cherry Chia Pudding with a Red Hibiscus Flower

I flew back from Miami recently on Jet Blue, and they served us Chia Pudding with a warm Berry Compote. I had never eaten Chia Breakfast Pudding until this moment, and it was so creamy and comforting. I had a Ch-Chia moment and have been experimenting all week with various Chia Pudding Recipes like my Easy Mango Chia Pudding. It’s my new obsession! It’s so comforting and is a naturally vegan recipe.

Chia Pudding with Yogurt and Choclate Chips and Hibiscus lowers

What’s Special About Chia Seeds?

As a holistic nutritionist, I love reading up on all the healthy details behind my recipes. Tiny Chia Seeds are incredibly good for you. They are small but mighty! Did you know Chia Seeds absorb almost 12 times their weight in liquid? That gel-like consistency, after soaking, is excellent for digestion. Chia Seeds have minerals, protein, healthy fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Chia Seeds are lovely in puddings and homemade jam. Since they are neutral in flavor, they take on whatever fruit or flavor you add. Chia Puddings can be chocolate, banana, berry, peanut butter, and more. Creamy Chia Pudding Recipes are easy to prepare as they are chilled overnight. As the mixture chills the chia does its magic and creates this creamy pudding. You wake up, and wha-la, the pudding is ready to eat! It’s a healthy breakfast recipe or a lovely afternoon snack!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe
  • Full of healthy minerals and fatty acids
  • It’s vegan and gluten-free
  • Great breakfast recipe for meal prep
  • Delicious with almost any fresh fruit
  • Great as a sweet snack!
  • Comes together in a couple of hours
  • Chia Seeds are a nutritional powerhouse
  • A healthy way to start your day!

Health Benefits

According to the Mayo Clinic “Chia seeds have many nutritional benefits. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Chia provides a similar amount of omega-3 fatty acids as ground flaxseed in the form of alpha linolenic acid, or ALA. They can help with weight loss.”

Chia seeds pack nutritional punch – Mayo Clinic Health System
Two bowls of Chia Chia Pudding with Red Flowers

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients

Only a handful of simple ingredients for this delicious vegan pudding.

  • Black Chia Seeds (For best results, use fresh Chia Seeds)
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or Creamy Oat Milk
  • Sweet Frozen Cherries or Fresh Cherries
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup
  • Almond Butter
  • Optional Toppings – Cherries, Chocolate Chips, Yogurt, Almond Butter, Granola
Creamy Chia Pudding in a glass jar with a red flower

How To Make Chia Breakfast Pudding

Full instructions are in the recipe card below.

Step 1.

Blend Almond Milk, Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Cherries in a High-Speed Blender or Food Processor.

Step 2.

Pour the Chia Cherry Mixture into a large glass bowl. Add Chia Seeds and combine well.

Step 3.

Chill overnight or for several hours in a tightly sealed glass container until thick and creamy. In the morning, stir in a cup of fresh or defrosted cherries. Spoon into individual serving bowls or small mason jars. Top each small jar of chia pudding with any of your favorite toppings such as Yogurt, Cherries, Warm Cherry Compote, Whipped Coconut or Oat Milk Cream, Chocolate Chips, or Granola.

Storage

Store Chia Pudding in a tightly sealed glass bowl in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

FAQS ABOUT OVERNIGHT CHIA PUDDING

What can you serve with Chia Breakfast Pudding?

Toppings make this Chia recipe! We love Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Nibs, Yogurt, Granola, and always more Cherries. Warm Cherry Compote is lovely.

Is it dangerous to eat raw Chia Seeds by themselves?

Chia Seeds should only be eaten in recipe form like this Chia Pudding. If you swallow Chia Seeds raw, they might absorb fluid and lodge in your esophagus. They are healthy in Chia Pudding after softening overnight.

How often can you eat Chia Pudding?

Chia has a lot of healthy fiber. It might be a good idea to ease into daily Chia use. Too much fiber too quickly takes time for the digestive system to adjust to.

Can I make this Chia Pudding without Maple Syrup?

Instead of Maple Syrup, you can use Agave Nectar, Honey, Stevia or Monkfruit.

Jar of Cherry Breakfast Pudding

Variations and Serving Tips

  • Add a scoop of Chocolate, and you have a Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe.
  • You can also use Almond Extract if you like more almond taste.
  • Use any GF plant-based milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc.
  • Top with Whipped Coconut Cream or Oat Milk Whipped Cream
  • Serve with Warm Cherry Compote
  • Use Agave Nectar, Honey, or Maple Syrup
  • Top with Chunky Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Granola
  • Top with Dairy or Coconut Yogurt, more Cherries, and Chocolate Nibs
  • Use Blueberries instead of Cherries for delicious Blueberry Chia Pudding!
  • Add 1/2 Cup of Gluten Free Oats for a delicious Overnight Oat Recipe.

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Amazing Healthy Cherry Chia Breakfast Pudding

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This Amazing Healthy Cherry Chia Breakfast Pudding hits all the delicious flavor notes. Almond Milk, Maple, Chia, Vanilla, Almond Butter, and lots of sweet Cherries! You will LOVE this easy recipe. 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Hours
  • Total Time: 12 Hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Anti-inflammatory Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

    • 6 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

    • 1 and 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – or Milk of Choice

    • 1 Cup Sweet Frozen Cherries

    • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla

    • 2 Tablespoons of Real Maple Syrup (or Stevia)

    • 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter

    • Optional Toppings – Cherries, Chocolate Chips, Yogurt, Almond Butter, Granola

Instructions

Step 1

Blend Almond Milk, Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and Cherries in a High-Speed Blender.

Step 2

Pour Chia Cherry Mixture into a large glass bowl. Add Chia Seeds and combine well.

Step 3

Chill overnight in a tightly sealed bowl until thick and creamy. In the morning, stir in a cup of fresh or defrosted cherries. Spoon into individual serving bowls. Top with Yogurt, Cherries, Chocolate Chips or Granola.

Notes

* This is a great meal prep breakfast. Perfect for buffets or weekend guests. It’s fun to set out a large bowl of Chia Pudding with various toppings like homemade granola, chocolate nibs, cherries, bananas, almond butter, and chopped nuts. Everyone can make their own unique parfait! 

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