Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk and Berries

Prep Time 7 min.
Total Time 2 hours
Yields 4 (3/4-cup) servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (the lower-fat refrigerated kind, such as Silk – not canned)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jelly or preserves (preferably 100% pure fruit, such as Smucker's Simply Fruit)
  • 1 cup fruit (blueberries, sliced strawberries and sliced bananas see note)
  • 1/4 cup granola (such as Cascadian Farm Oats & Honey)

Directions

  1. Mix coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl with a spoon or whisk, stirring thoroughly to combine.
  2. Set aside briefly and stir or whisk again after about 10-15 minutes to break up any clumps of chia seeds.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour or two, or overnight. At this point, you can divide it into 4 single-serve containers such as the adorable Weck jars we used in our photos, or leave your pudding in a large serving bowl to portion out later. The pudding will be soft-set after about 1 hour. But, if possible, we recommend waiting at least 2 hours before eating, until the pudding is creamier and more fully set.
  4. When ready to serve the pudding, if it's not already divided into single-serve containers, portion out 4 equal servings. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon jelly, 1/4 cup fruit (or a little more, if desired) and 1 tablespoon granola. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Fruit topping: We specify a combination of blueberries, strawberries and bananas, since that's what First Watch uses in their "original" version. But feel free to swap in other berries, too, such as blackberries or raspberries. And don't obsess about using exactly 1/4 cup for each serving that's just a starting point for you. Feel free to pile on more delicious, healthy berries if you'd like!

Make-ahead and meal prep: The base for this Chia Pudding keeps well, covered in the refrigerator, for at least 3-5 days. You might want to make a double batch for quick, grab-and-go breakfasts (and even snacks) all week long. We recommend waiting to add the toppings until just before serving, however, so the fruit is really fresh and the granola is crunchy.

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