Juicy strawberries are the star ingredient in these vibrant chia seed puddings. Orange juice, plant-based milk, and a dash of maple syrup add extra flavor to the jammy berries, ensuring each bite is filled with heavenly flavor. The absorbent chia seeds create a thick, satisfying pudding after sitting in the fruit purée for a few hours, and topping each serving with fresh berries creates a delicious textural contrast. Enjoy a strawberry chia seed pudding for either breakfast or dessert, and feel free to get creative with your toppings as well—bananas, granola, or cacao nibs would all be delicious add-ons! 

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By Nancy Macklin, RDN,

Ingredients

  • 6 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan combine 3 cups of the strawberries and the orange juice. Mash until berries are coarsely chopped. Cook over medium until mixture has a jam-like consistency, about 20 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in cooked strawberries. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Spoon pudding and the remaining 3 cups fresh strawberries into serving dishes or glasses.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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