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Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait – 3 Ways

This chia pudding breakfast recipe is very easy to make and super versatile. Make the Very Berry Chia Parfait, Apple Cinnamon Chia Parfait, or Mango Coconut Chia Parfait or adapt the recipe to match your dietary and taste preferences.

A side view of the chia pudding breakfast parfait in a glass, topped with berries.

Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and chia pudding has become a very popular breakfast food among health-conscious consumers.

Unfortunately, the recipes for chia breakfast and chia desserts are often used interchangeably which is wrong because chia desserts are usually sweetened and often contain higher amounts of sugars.

Chia desserts are still delicious and healthy, but they are desserts and not breakfast foods especially if you are trying to consume less sugar.

That’s why I decided to make this chia pudding breakfast recipe without any added sweeteners. Instead, you get to enjoy the real flavors of berries, mango, and apples.

Eating less sweetened foods especially for breakfast helps us to train our taste buds and teaches them to enjoy real flavors that aren’t enhanced with sweeteners.

If you are new to the concept of eating less sugar and your taste buds haven’t adapted yet, you can add a small amount of natural sweetener to the chia pudding. My favorites are maple syrup and coconut sugar. Honey is also good but lends a strong honey flavor to the chia pudding.

1. Very Berry Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait

This chia pudding breakfast variation is made with berries. I added raspberries and blackberries. But it will also taste great with strawberries or blueberries.

A close-up side view of the very berry chia pudding breakfast parfait in a glass.

2. Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait

This chia pudding breakfast variation is based on the classic flavor combination of apples and cinnamon. I think if you add unsweetened applesauce instead of apples, it will taste amazing too.

A close-up side view of the apple cinnamon chia pudding breakfast parfait in a glass.

3. Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait

This chia pudding breakfast variation is based on tropical flavors of mango and coconut. I think it will also taste amazing with banana or papaya.

A close-up side view of the mango coconut chia pudding breakfast parfait in a glass.

How to adapt this chia seed breakfast recipe

Here are a few ways you can adapt this chia breakfast recipe to your taste and dietary preferences:

  • Add nuts such as cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts instead of sunflower and pumpkin seeds or mix them all together;
  • To make this chia seed breakfast grain-free, skip the rolled oats and add one more tablespoon of nuts or seeds;
  • To make this chia breakfast more filling, add extra nuts and seeds;
  • Add two tablespoons of sugar-free granola instead of rolled oats and seeds;
  • Mix and match fruits and berries to experiment with different flavors.

And if you like chia pudding based desserts, check out this Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding. It has four recipe variations that you can make using the same ingredients.

A side view of the chia pudding breakfast parfait in a glass, topped with berries.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait

Yield: 1 portion
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This chia pudding breakfast is easy to make and very versatile. It's sugar-free and sweetened with only fruits and berries. 3 delicious flavor combinations.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup your favorite non-dairy or cow's milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds

For the Very Berry Chia Breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw pumpkin seeds

For the Apple Cinnamon Chia Breakfast:

  • 1/2 apple (sweet variety), chopped
  • 1 Tbsp rolled oats, (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw pumpkin seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon

For the Mango Coconut Chia Breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp shelled raw pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into a jar or a glass container. Add the chia seeds and stir with a spoon. Let it stand for about 10 minutes then stir well one more time. Place the jar into the fridge and let the chia seeds soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.

For the Very Berry Chia Seed Breakfast:

  1. In a jar or glass, layer the chia pudding, berries, rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

For the Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Breakfast:

  1. In a jar or glass, layer the chia pudding, apple slices, cinnamon, rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

For the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Breakfast:

  1. In a jar or glass, layer the chia pudding, mango, shredded coconut, rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Notes

Nutrition information is a rough estimate for the Very Berry Chia Parfait made with almond milk.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 portion Serving Size 1 chia breakfast
Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 12.5gSaturated Fat 1.8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15.8gCholesterol 0mgSodium 132.2mgCarbohydrates 20.5gFiber 13.3gSugar 3.4gProtein 7.7g

Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.

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Shauna

Friday 15th of February 2019

My family has added this into our breakfast rotation and I love it for several reasons. First, this is a perfect cooking project for toddlers and young children as they enjoy stirring the milk and seeds and the layering aspect. Also, it can be made the night before to be quickly grabbed from the fridge in the morning rush. I've been making it with coconut milk and it tastes great. I'm really enjoying your recipes and photos. Thanks so much for creating this blog.

Maria Ushakova

Friday 15th of February 2019

Hi Shauna, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I am so glad that this recipe helped you make your morning routine a little easier. :)

Joyce

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

I have a general question about chia pudding. Once it has been fully soaked, is it possible to use a blender, especially an immersion blender or "magic bullet" type blender, to make its consistency smooth? I've tried it in my little Ninja blender (which has a high speed and very sharp blades) and it didn't work. I did soak the seeds for several hours first. And I see from your photographs that the seeds are still visible. So does that mean it's not possible to blend the mixture into total smoothness? Or is there some technique for doing it that I don't know about? Thanks!

Maria Ushakova

Thursday 8th of November 2018

This is an interesting question. I've never tried to blend soaked chia seeds. I've also noticed that most people use whole chia seeds. I did try to soak ground chia seeds. For a pudding, I think whole chia seeds have a better mouthfeel but if you want to blend them into a smoothie maybe try to soak ground chia?

Barbara

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

I can't stop reading all about your recipes , and your information on eating right. Can't wait till I can get your cook book.

Maria Ushakova

Monday 24th of September 2018

I am so glad you are enjoying my blog! Thank you so much for your comment :)

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