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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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