Cherry Chia Seed Pudding

Cherry Chia Seed Pudding, a simple chia seed pudding recipe topped with cherries and a sprinkle of granola. Great for a make ahead plant-based breakfast or snack!

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Love cherries? Love easy chia seed pudding? Make a cherry-topped cherry chia seed pudding! This simple and tasty recipe is great for a plant-based breakfast or a fruity and filling snack.

👉 Ready to learn how to make chia seed pudding with cherries? Let’s do it!


🍒 Ingredients

  • Chia seeds: The base of this recipe, chia seeds are small seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant that form a gel-like consistency when mixed with liquids
  • Plant-based milk: The liquid that mixes with the seeds to make the pudding, we’re using plant-based creamy oat milk (but any milk will do)
  • Cherries: The fruit star of this recipe, cherries add a touch of tart and sweet
  • Nuts or seeds: For a crunch factor we’re adding your choice of nuts or seeds (I used pumpkin seeds in this recipe)
  • Flavorings: A touch of vanilla extract and maple syrup add a slightly warm and sweet flavor to the pudding
  • Recommended tools: small mixing bowls, small glasses or jars for single-servings of pudding
bowls of chia seeds, cherries, granola, milk, and vanilla for chia seed pudding
Ingredients: cherries, chia seeds, milk, vanilla, maple syrup, granola

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Blend cherries with milk

Add pitted and sliced cherries, plant-based milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a medium mixing bowl.

Blend with an immersion blender (or place inside a blender) to make a cherry liquid.

a bowl of milk with cut cherries before blending for chia pudding
Add pitted cherries to a bowl with milk

2️⃣ Step Two: Make chia pudding

Stir chia seeds into the liquid and let sit 10 minutes.

Then cover and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours to let the pudding thicken, ideally overnight.

a bowl of milk with blended cherries and chia seeds on a white table
Mix in chia seeds

2️⃣ Step Two: Garnish and serve

To build the pudding cups, add the chilled and thickened cherries chia pudding into small glasses or jars, leaving about 1/2 inch left at the top.

Then add sliced cherries and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.

a bowl of cherry chia seed pudding with cherries and granola garnish on a white table

🧊 How to store

  1. Refrigerator storage: Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
  2. Freezer storage: It is possible to freeze chia pudding, but I recommend freezing in single servings. To freeze, add to airtight containers and freeze up to two month. To thaw, remove from freezer into refrigerator for 24 hours and then enjoy within 2-3 days.
chia seed pudding garnished with granola and cherries on a white table
Garnish with cherries

👉 More chia seed pudding recipes

Want more chia pudding recipes? Try Strawberry Chia Pudding, Chocolate Chia Pudding, Peach Chia Seed Pudding, Blackberry Chia Pudding, and Blueberry Chia Pudding.

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a bowl of cherry chia seed pudding with cherries and granola garnish on a white table

Cherry Chia Seed Pudding

Kristina Todini, RDN
Cherry Chia Seed Pudding, a simple chia seed pudding recipe topped with cherries and a sprinkle of granola. Great for a make ahead plant-based breakfast or snack!
5 stars (2 ratings)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Breakfast + Brunch, Desserts + Sweets
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 4 servings
Calories 207 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 handheld immersion blender or traditional blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cherries
  • 2 cups plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • Optional garnishes: sliced cherries, granola, nuts, seeds

Instructions
 

  • Blend cherries: Add pitted and sliced cherries, plant-based milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a medium mixing bowl. Blend with an immersion blender (or place inside a blender) to make a cherry liquid.
    1 cup cherries, 2 cups plant-based milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Make chia pudding: Add chia seeds to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let sit 10 minutes, then stir again to mix well. Then cover and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours to let the pudding thicken, ideally overnight.
    ½ cup chia seeds
  • Build chia pudding cups: To build the pudding cups, add the chilled and thickened cherries chia pudding into small glasses or jars, leaving about 1/2 inch left at the top. Then add sliced cherries and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.
    Optional garnishes: sliced cherries, granola, nuts, seeds

Notes

Make ahead: Chia seed pudding is great for meal prep and can be made up to 3 days before eating. Build the entire pudding with toppings, or just make the pudding ahead of time and then top with cherries and nuts or seeds before serving.
Leftovers and storage: Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, add to airtight containers and freeze up to two month. To thaw, remove from freezer into refrigerator for 24 hours and then enjoy within 2-3 days.
Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is an estimate for all ingredients and using sunflower seeds as a source for the nuts or seeds. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 61mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 9gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 317mgIron: 3mg
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