Healthy Chia Pudding Cups

healthy chia pudding

I’ve been doing a lot of healthy baking lately such as healthy two ingredient oatmeal & chocolate-chip cookies, three ingredient healthy chocolate-chip muffins, etc. I felt like switching it up this weekend and I made three different flavors of healthy chia pudding cups!

These things were SO good, and typical of all my dessert recipes, have very minimal ingredients with no added sugar, refined sugar, or processed ingredients of any kind. Flavor #1 was a vanilla chia pudding cup with mango. Flavor #2 was a vanilla and chocolate layered cup with fresh raspberry chia jam and berries on top. Finally, flavor #3 was an all chocolate chia pudding with layered raspberry chia jam and berries on top.

Not only were these delicious, but I whipped them up in seconds! Simply combine all of the ingredients the night before and let them sit overnight in your fridge. I then scooped them into mini mason jars the next morning and voila! Mini chia pudding cups for dessert this weekend! Follow along below to get the recipe and instructions for each flavor.

For these cups I made one large batch of vanilla chia pudding, one large batch of chocolate chia pudding, and then used both of them together to create and fill my mini dessert cups. Below I have the ingredients and instructions for making both flavors of pudding. After that, I have instructions for how to create each of the layered flavor variations I mentioned. Enjoy!

Vanilla chia pudding with mango

healthy chia pudding vanilla mango

Vanilla and chocolate chia pudding with fresh raspberry jam

Vanilla and Chocolate layered chia pudding

Chocolate chia pudding with fresh raspberry jam

healthy chocolate chia pudding

The fun thing about these mini dessert cups is that once you have the chia pudding made, you can really customize the flavors and look of them to be anything you want! You can layer in mango, peaches, papaya, fresh granola, oats, almonds or nuts, raisins, etc. Get crazy with the layers! I decided to keep mine simple and just use fresh fruit, but the possibilities are endless. And of course my all time favorite thing about them is that they are sweet, simple, and HEALTHY! By using (non-dairy) yogurt in them they also happen to be a high-protein dessert, so perfect for a pre-workout or post-workout snack too!

Healthy Chia Pudding Cups 3-Ways
 
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Healthy Chia Pudding Cups 3 different ways. Mango Vanilla, Chocolate Berry and Berry Mix. They're a sugar free vegan treat that's great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Vanilla Chia Pudding:
  • 1 cup of plain non-dairy yogurt (like coconut or soy)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any plant milk)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • [Optional] Small squeeze of maple syrup
Chocolate Chia Pudding
  • 1 cup of plain non-dairy yogurt (like coconut or soy)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any plant milk)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • [Optional] Small squeeze of maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
Raspberry Chia Jam:
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
Instructions
Chia Puddings:
  1. Steps for the vanilla chia pudding and chocolate one are the same. Mix all ingredients in a large container – the consistency will be very thin at this stage
  2. Cover and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator (The chia seeds expand in liquid. The longer you let them sit the more thick your pudding will be). In the morning your pudding will be ready for layering
Raspberry Chia Jam:
  1. Mash the raspberries in a container until the mixture starts to resemble a jam
  2. Mix in the lemon juice and chia seeds
  3. Cover and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the chia seeds can expand and make the jam thick
Assembling a Chia Pudding Jar:
  1. The next day, after all your chia creations have become thick and pudding-like, you can get out your serving jars (I like using mini mason jars, as they are so cute!) and layer spoonfuls of different items in the jars until you fill them to the top. One jar I alternated layering fresh mango and the vanilla chia pudding. The second jar I alternated layering both chia flavors, and fresh berries. The final jar I alternated using chocolate chia pudding, the raspberry chia jam, and fresh berries.
  2. Get creative with it! Layering your jars and using various fruits will make each jar unique and fun!
Notes
* Note: Preparing chia pudding is incredibly easy. So even though the "cook time" of this recipe is 24 hours, that is simply because your pudding need to rest overnight in the fridge. You can easily throw these together in under 10 minutes and the next day have lots of chia pudding to enjoy!

 

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