Smooth Red Berry Chia Pudding

This Smooth Red Berry Chia Pudding gives the classic chia pudding a new look with fresh red berry puree and ground chia seeds.  This healthy mix makes a sweet and tart smooth pudding.  Layer it with vanilla chia pudding and whipped coconut cream for a layered berries and cream dessert! 

Single parfait of strawberry chia pudding

A New Take On Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is always in the fridge in my house.  And while I love the classic vanilla flavor, the change in seasons makes me look for ways to incorporate fresh berries where ever I can.  I thought about just throwing some berries on top of the pudding one morning, but then I had a better idea.

What if we just pureed the whole mix together?  Chia seeds and all.  Typically the chia seeds remain intact so they can soak up the liquid – coconut milk in our case – and they puff up to form soft little pudding nuggets.  That combined with the coconut milk gives you the tapioca pudding-like consistency of traditional chia seed pudding. 

So, how do you think grinding up the chia seeds turned out?

Strawberry chia pudding parfaits

Smooth Red Berry Chia Pudding

I’ll give you a one-word answer – AWESOME!  I thought I was a chia pudding fanatic before and after having this smooth berry delight, I am obsessed.  When you grind the chia seeds, you don’t have to worry about the little magic nuggets losing any of their absorption power.  It’s almost like they get super-powers when they are ground. 

The pudding is thick, creamy, and smooth, and being able to blend it with the fresh berries ensures a harmonious consistency.  Of course, having a fruit puree also adds to the thick and creamy, but its primary function is to deliver an intense sweet fruit flavor. 

So now that we know grinding chia seeds along with fruit will work, think of the possibilities with other fruit.  You could even take it a step further and freeze it for a cross between ice cream and sorbet.  

Strawberry chia pudding in glasses

Chia Seeds Are Healthy

Now that we’ve talked about how creamy and dreamy the pudding is, I will give the PSA for the health benefits of chia.  They are loaded with:

  • Antioxidants
  • Omega-3
  • Protein
  • Fiber

Couple that with maple syrup as your sweetener for the pudding, and you also have a dessert that is low on the glycemic index.  

Have you ever had pudding for breakfast?  Maybe you have, and I won’t judge, but this pudding is definitely a judgment-free zone!  In fact, I highly recommend it for breakfast.  Not only because it is delish, but because you are starting your day with a healthy treat.  

Layered strawberry chia pudding

How To Make Smooth Chia Seed Pudding

As with a traditional chia seed pudding, it should still sit in the fridge for a few hours before enjoying it.  This gives it time to set and all of the flavors to meld together.  

In keeping with the healthy theme of this treat, I also recommend using dairy-free milk.  I prefer coconut milk because of the flavor and consistency.  The unsweetened, unflavored coconut milk does not have a strong flavor like almond milk sometimes can.  It is also a little thicker, which let’s face it when making pudding is welcome!

Berry Chia Pudding Parfait

Because we can’t just stop at the smooth red berry chia pudding, we should layer it with the classic vanilla chia pudding.  Why?  Because we can.  But adding a layer of vanilla cream makes a dessert that reminiscent of berries and cream.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

With all of the ingredients, this is not only a healthy treat option.  It is now refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and even vegan.   Your friends will never know! 🙂

Two strawberry chia parfaits
Layered strawberry chia pudding
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Red Berry Smooth Chia Seed Pudding

The Smooth Red Berry Smooth Chia Seed Pudding is a new take on classic chia seed pudding. Fresh red berries are blended with chia seeds for a sweet and tart smooth pudding. Make it even more delicious and layer it with classic vanilla chia pudding and whipped coconut cream for a healthy layered dessert!
Prep10 mins
Cooling Time8 hrs
Total8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 Parfaits
Author: Erin | Butter and Bliss

Equipment

  • 4 – Serving Glasses

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a blender (such as a Vitamix or Nutri Bullet), add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth – about 1-2 minutes. If using frozen fruit, the mix will have the consistency of a smoothie, and you could enjoy right away.
  • Transfer the pudding to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.  
  • To make a layered parfait – layer with Vanilla Chia Pudding and fresh fruit. Garnish with more fresh fruit slices and top with whipped coconut cream. Enjoy!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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