Pina Colada Chia Pudding

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: March 1, 2024

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Pina colada chia pudding topped with fresh pineapple and coconut flakes

This tropical little Pina Colada Chia Pudding is so fun and delicious; it’s sure to brighten your mornings! It’s super easy to put together, dairy-free and gluten-free, perfect for meal prep, and will make you feel amazing! Its deliciousness is only beaten by its health benefits, and it’s especially great for gut health, with 12 g of fiber per jar and 5 unique plants (the more plant diversity, the better for gut health). The addition of pineapple not only tastes delicious but also delivers bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps break down protein and improve digestion.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Nutrient-rich: Loaded with omega-3s and fiber from chia seeds.
  • Easy to make: Simply blend, mix, and refrigerate.
  • Versatile: Great for breakfast or as a nourishing snack.
  • Delicious: The perfect combination of pineapple and coconut.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable with different toppings.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chia seeds: A super source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, making them a powerhouse ingredient in this pudding.
  • Unsweetened coconut milk: Offers a creamy texture and tropical flavor without added sugar. Use the drinking variety instead of cans of coconut milk to reduce saturated fat.
  • Pineapple: Adds natural sweetness and a boost of vitamin C. Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which helps with protein breakdown and digestion. Frozen or fresh pineapple works perfectly.
  • Silken tofu: Provides a smooth, creamy texture and is a great source of plant-based protein.
  • Maple syrup: A natural sweetener to enhance the pudding’s flavor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Blend 2 cups of pineapple, silken tofu, coconut milk, and maple syrup until smooth. Divide the chia seeds into 4 jars. Pour the blended mixture over the seeds, stirring well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Top with soy yogurt, blended pineapple, and unsweetened coconut flakes before serving.

Variations and Tips

  • If you can’t find silken tofu, replace it with yogurt, preferably one with a higher protein level, such as soy.
  • For a crunch, sprinkle some crushed almonds or walnuts on top.
  • You can blend the pineapple in advance and store it in the fridge. For the best visual layers, wait until the chia pudding has been set before adding the yogurt and pineapple mixture.
  • Serve in a cocktail glass for a fun presentation.
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
  • The sweetness of the final chia pudding will vary a lot depending on the pineapple’s ripeness. Taste your pineapple before blending, and add more sweetener to your taste if needed. You can also drizzle some extra maple syrup just before serving.

Why You’ll Love This Pina Colada Chia Pudding

  • Nutritious
  • Yummy
  • Easy to prepare, with less than 10 minutes of prep time
  • Beautiful texture
  • Perfect for any time
Pina colada chia pudding topped with fresh pineapple and coconut flakes

Pina Colada Chia Pudding

4.8 from 4 votes
A refreshing and creamy Pina Colada Chia Pudding, packed with protein, omega-3s, and fiber. Perfect for a busy week's breakfast, it's a delightful way to incorporate more nourishing plant diversity into your diet.
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes

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Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen, divided)
  • 10.5 oz silken tofu
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (the drinking kind, not the extra creamy one used for cooking)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ¾ cup soy yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Instructions

  • Add 2 cups of the pineapple, silken tofu, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract if using, to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Divide the chia seeds into 4 jars (2 tbsp per jar). Pour the blended mixture into the jars, stirring well to ensure the chia seeds are thoroughly combined with the liquid.
  • Place the jars in the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  • Into a small blender, add the remaining 1 cup of pineapple with the lime juice, and blend to get a purée consistency. Alternatively, finelly hop the pineapple and drizzle with the lime juice.
  • Before serving, stir the chia mixture well, then top each jar with soy yogurt, pineapple puree and a sprinkle of coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Notes

The sweetness of the final pudding will vary a lot depending on the ripeness of the pineapple. Taste your pineapple before blending, and add more sweetener to your taste if needed. You can also drizzle some extra maple syrup just before serving.

Per Serving

Calories 360kcalCarbohydrates 45gProtein 14gFat 15gSodium 100mgFiber 12gVitamin A 4IUVitamin C 60mgCalcium 295mgIron 6mg
COURSE Breakfast
CUISINE Healthy
KEYWORDS Chia Pudding, easy breakfast, High Protein, Pina Colada
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FAQ

Can I use almond milk instead of coconut milk?

Yes, almond milk works well for a slightly different flavor.

Is this recipe suitable for someone with a nut allergy?

As long as you choose toppings carefully and avoid nut-based milks, this recipe can be made nut-free.

How long does this pudding last in the fridge?

It keeps well for up to 5 days, making it a great make-ahead option.

Can I make this recipe without maple syrup?

Absolutely, you can substitute with another sweetener like agave syrup or simply enjoy the natural sweetness of the pineapple.

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes, it’s 100% vegan and plant-based, perfect for a nutritious diet.

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