Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding
Today I'm sharing with you a very delicious and refreshing treat--Berry Chia Pudding.
This Dairy-free Berry Chia Pudding is loaded with so much healthful goodness that you will feel great eating it or serving to it your family for breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts -- pretty much anytime.
I'm all for easy, and I'm all for healthy, (and I'm all for delicious), so this Berry Chia Pudding fits the bill on all points.
In fact, my son asks for it when he's sick, and I can just put in a little collagen to give him a protein boost, which makes it even more healthy. Collagen is a fantastic source of protein that's easy to digest and so light so even if someone isn't feeling the best, it's typically something that you can add in easily to foods like puddings and hot drinks when someone is under the weather.
Berry Chia Pudding for Berry Lovers
He just LOVES blueberries.
Make that ANY kind of berries. And cherries.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries....you name it -- he LOVES them.
In fact, we had a 30-pound bag of organic blueberries in our deep freeze....I went into the freezer to find some to make some of this mousse for him and found that the berries were....
I think I have about 1/4 cup.
Yeah, Mr. Bluelips. You did it again.
Back to the recipe.
Berries are just loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients that scavenge up free radicals to keep your body working well.
And chia is a nutritional powerhouse that we have somewhat recently added to our pantry.
So you can imagine my excitement when I could add these two together and come up with a refreshing no-bake dessert that is:
- a breeze to make,
- a treat to eat and
- good for you to boot.
Nutritional Benefits of Chia
Just 2 tablespoons of chia has:
- 4 grams of complete protein
- 4.5 grams of omega 3 oils
- 5.5 grams fiber
- 9% RDA calcium
- 7% RDA iron
Source for nutritional information: MySeedsChia.com
I got the inspiration for the blended version of this recipe years ago from a fellow sugar-free blogger, Ricki Heller.
I "met" Ricki years ago when I first started on my path of getting candida under control. Though I wish we'd "met" under better circumstances, since then she has been an inspiration for a lot of my kitchen adventures. And we did eventually meet in person later, which was lovely.
Ricki made her chia pudding blended, so I tried that too and loved it.
Since then, I've really enjoyed chia both ways--blended and not. So now you can try it either way.
When you're a busy mom, being healthy can be hard, but recipes like this one make it a whole lot easier.
I already have some easy recipe favorites on my sites like Chocolate / Carob Chia Pudding, Homemade "Jello" with sugar-free option, Homemade Gummies, No-Bake Coconut Delights, and more.
I love recipes like these -- no baking required, and one container or one pan only is needed for preparation, so clean up is minimized.
For those on special diets, this mousse is easily adaptable. See notes for details.
Place all ingredients except chia in food processor or blender and blend.
Add the chia seeds to blended mixture.
Whisk and let stand.
Stir again and let it stand for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Top with mixed berries or other toppings and enjoy!
- For the berries, you can use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, you name it--be creative! If using strawberries, slice or chop before measuring. A blueberry/cranberry mix works great too. We even used cranberries alone, for a totally anti-candida diet-friendly recipe. I just added a tad more stevia and the result was GREAT.
- You can also make a blended version by adding the chia seeds to the processor or blender before processing or grinding them before adding.
- A Vitamix works great for making the blended version of this pudding. Super fast and so smooth!
- Homemade Coconut Milk or this Homemade Almond Milk are a great frugal options for this recipe.
- For tips on using stevia, see How to Use Stevia. Here is a great brand of stevia scoops. If you prefer, of course you may substitute other sweeteners for stevia as well, according to your needs. Depending on how sweet you like your foods and which sweetener you choose, you will need 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sweetener.
More Chia Pudding
If you like this recipe, you might want to try out these other fabulous chia pudding recipes...
Creamy Blueberry Chia Pudding
Rich Chocolate Chia
Pumpkin Chia Pudding Recipe
Dairy-Free Berry Chia Pudding
- 2 2/3 cups coconut milk (or other milk or milk sub)
- 2 cups berries (fresh or frozen - strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are all great choices)
- 10 tablespoons chia seeds (see above notes about grinding ahead of time)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 9-10 scoops stevia extract powder (approx. 5/16 teaspoon [just a tad over 1/4 teaspoon]; or to taste)
- Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender (like the Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a container (I prefer glass or stainless) and refrigerate until cold. You can, of course, eat it as is, but the flavor is much better chilled.
- Optional: Add toppings. We like our topped with fruit, organic rice bran, or toasted unsweetened coconut. My sons even topped it with crumbled up macaroons. Yummy!
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
I hope you enjoy this healthy chia pudding whenever you choose to make it!
New Photo Information
For reference, the photos for this post were redone. Following is one of the former photos.
What are the carb count in this recipe, I couldnt find it.
Hi there - it should be in there now. I can't guarantee all of these values b/c all of these calculations are dependent on the formulas of course. Hope that you like it!
easy to make.. tasted great!!
So glad to hear it - thanks!!!
Thanks for the great chia recipe.
Do the Chia seeds absorb liquid and soften? I just made it, and right now, the seeds are hard. I was assuming they would gel up??? Maybe in the refrigerator?
Did you blend them? Yes, they do as they sit.
Yes, I used my ninja blender which usually is very high powered. But, the seeds did not go away. 🙁 I should have read your write up that said to grind in coffee maker. I could have done that. I am just going to hope they soften up. I always thought I had read that they become gel-like so that was why I did not even think I would need to grind them first. I am one that just reads the recipe, but really need to start reading the information before the recipe!
Hmmm...I'm sorry about that b/c they never are like "seeds" after grinding them in the Vitamix. You will be fine after it sets. I can put something in the recipe too - thanks for commenting and I hope you like it!
Can I use this mouse of making french entremets also?if I want to make lyche mousse the same recipe can be followed
I would think so - enjoy!
How many carbs does this have in It? I made it without any sweetener or sugar. I just used chia seeds, unsweetened coconut milk, blueberrys and vanilla extract. So how do i figure out how many carbs are in it? I made coconut crust in a muffin tin and put this as the filling to make low carb low sugar blueberry tarts.
Hi there. You would have to use an online calculator to determine this. We've talked about putting something on my site but haven't done it yet for various reasons. Maybe in the future. Thanks!
Do you grind the chia seeds alone - before you mix everything? I have an old Vitamix and I do have a dry container I thought could be used for that purpose.
No, I just blend them with the other ingredients, but that could work too! Enjoy!
Hi there, Want to try your mousse but I'm confused about the sweetener. Are you saying you only use
1/4 tsp of stevia or up to 1 cup of say honey, maple syrup or plain sugar? I know stevia is sweet but I
didn't think there was that much of a difference!!
Please let me know.
Thanks so much!!
Yes, there is that much of a difference: https://wholenewmom.com/kitchen-tips/stevia-what-it-is-and-how-to-use-it/
how far in advance can this recipe be made?
If you mean does it separate, it really doesn't. But of course you wouldn't want to make it a week ahead ;).
I tried making this one time and all seemed to go according to plan, but when I took it out of the freezer, less than an hour later it was 95% liquid! I don't know what I did wrong...too much milk? I followed the directions...although I didn't have Chia seeds at the time... Does that thicken it up a lot?
The chia is absolutely necessary. Hope you can try it again!
Made it this morning for breakfast, it was yummy!
Thanks Adrienne I will give them a call.
I really want to buy a Vitmix I just don't know which one to get. What is your recomendation.
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