Meal Prep Chia Pudding Recipe

Meal Prep Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is one of those magical dishes that comes together with just a few simple ingredients, but the end result is so satisfying. The chia seeds work their magic overnight, swelling up into a creamy texture that feels indulgent without being heavy. I love starting my day with a big bowl, knowing it’s packed with nutrients from the coconut milk, fruit, and of course those mighty chia seeds.

Recipe ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk – I prefer using full-fat coconut milk for extra richness and creaminess. Feel free to use regular milk if you prefer.
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds – Chia seeds are the magical ingredient that brings it all together. Don’t be afraid of the seeds, they’ll dissolve into a gel-like texture overnight.
  • 1 ripe mango, diced – Mangoes add a burst of tropical flavor and nutrients. I like to use a mix of ripe and slightly pieces for contrasting textures.
  • 1 lime – Zest and juice of 1 lime adds brightness. Be sure to zest before juicing.
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional) – This step is optional but I find a touch of natural sweetener balances the acidity from the lime.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract – Vanilla enhances all the other flavors in the pudding. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer a more straightforward tropical taste.

How to Make This Meal Prep Chia Pudding Recipe

The Night Before

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, lime zest, and honey or maple syrup.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 6 hours to allow the chia seeds to fully absorb the liquid and plump up.

In the Morning

  • Remove pudding from the fridge. It should have a thick, creamy texture from the chia seeds.
  • Stir in the lime juice and vanilla extract. Taste and adjust flavors as needed you may want a touch more sweetener or acidity.
  • Dice the mango into small, bite-sized pieces. I like a mix of sizes for contrasting textures. Fold the mango pieces gently into the pudding.

Assembly

  • Scoop the chilled pudding into bowls or parfait glasses. I like to layer it with extra mango pieces on top for extra tropical flair.
  • Enjoy right away or store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The flavors will continue to develop the longer it sits.

Serving Instructions

  • Grab your favorite bowl or, better yet, showcase your culinary skills by serving it in clear jars because we eat with our eyes first.
  • Spoon the luscious layers into your chosen vessel, making sure each layer gets its moment to shine. The vibrant colors and textures are not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for your eyes. If you’re feeling a bit extra, throw on a few more fresh berries or a sprig of mint for that Instagram-worthy finish.
  • As you dig in, make sure to get a bit of everything in each spoonful the creamy chia base, the burst of juicy berries, and the satisfying crunch of nuts. The symphony of flavors and textures is what makes this dish a true culinary delight.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Storage

Pop it into an airtight container, and it can hang out in the fridge for up to five days. That’s right, you can enjoy the goodness of your creation throughout the week without losing any of its charm.

Freezing

Now, for the freezer enthusiasts out there yes, you can freeze this beauty. But, and it’s a big but, it’s best to freeze the chia base without the toppings. Transfer the base into a freezer-friendly container, leaving some room for expansion, and it can keep its icy composure for up to two months.

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FAQs

Can I use any type of milk for the Meal Prep Chia Pudding?

Whether you’re into almond, coconut, or classic cow’s milk, the choice is yours. Pick your favorite, and let the chia seeds dance in the liquid of your preference.

How long does it take for the chia seeds to soak and thicken?

Give it at least 4 hours for the magic to happen, or, for optimal results, let it soak overnight. The longer, the better it’s like a flavorful alchemy unfolding in your fridge.

Can I customize the flavors of the chia pudding base?

Make it your own by adding a splash of vanilla extract, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, or even a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for that personalized touch.

What’s the ideal layering technique for the chia pudding and toppings?

Start with a generous layer of the chia base, then add a burst of color with fresh berries. Top it off with a sprinkle of your favorite nuts for a delightful texture. Repeat until your jar is a work of art.

How long can I store the Meal Prep Chia Pudding in the fridge?

Your culinary creation can hang out in the fridge for up to five days, maintaining its deliciousness. Just seal it in an airtight container, and you’re good to go for a week of delightful servings.

Meal Prep Chia Pudding

Meal Prep Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is one of those magical dishes that comes together with just a few simple ingredients, but the end result is so satisfying. The chia seeds work their magic overnight, swelling up into a creamy texture that feels indulgent without being heavy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Begin your journey to Chia Pudding perfection by grabbing a bowl. Sprinkle a quarter cup of those tiny yet powerful chia seeds into it, then pour in your milk of choice – be it almond, coconut, or classic cow's milk. Give it a good stir, ensuring each chia seed is well-coated. Cover the bowl and let it work its magic in the fridge for at least 4 hours or, ideally, overnight.
  • Wake up to a gelatinous wonder as your chia seeds have transformed overnight. Add a splash of vanilla extract and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. Feeling adventurous? Sprinkle in a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to elevate the flavors. Give it a gentle mix to let the magic unfold.
  • Now, grab your favorite jars or containers and start layering. Spoon in the chia base, then add a layer of fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a mix. Top it off with a sprinkle of your preferred nuts – almonds, walnuts, or more chia seeds for that delightful crunch. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors mingle.
  • The finishing touch! Crown your chia masterpiece with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for that extra sweetness. Cover it up and let it chill for the final time before you indulge in your creation.
Keyword Easy meal prep desserts, Healthy chia pudding recipe, Nutritious breakfast ideas, Quick chia seed recipes
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.