This Vegan Chia Pudding with homemade berry sauce recipe combines the health benefits of chia seeds with the indulgence of a dessert or breakfast. It comes in two flavors: with a blackberry and a strawberry sauce made from fresh berries. Only 5 ingredients for the Chia Pudding and 3 ingredients for the sauce. Who can say no to an easy chia recipe like this?
It’s not been that long that I moved. Not only within a city, not even within the same country – but across borders. It has been a somewhat stressful time getting used to the new environment, new customs, and finally soon settling into my new home after having lived in a temporary apartment for the time being (keep fingers crossed that it all works out as planned!). What has made the transition easier is the fact that I quickly got to know a couple of people. Recently, I was invited to a potluck dessert party at one of my new friends places and therefore looking for a nice dessert recipe. Of course there are several amazing dessert recipes on Contentedness Cooking: Vegan Buckeye Brownies or rather an Easy Vegan Apple Cake? Maybe better yet the Vegan Blueberry Cobbler? Death by Chocolate is just perfect but will the ice cream hold?
While I was going through my list of favorite desserts like this, I realized that I was missing a pudding recipe. My eyes quickly wandered to the cupboard to check if I still had chia seeds. Did they get lost during the first move?
Luckily, they did not get lost. I had gotten those chia seeds because I was intrigued by their health benefits. Now, they would come handy to join with the almond milk I had in the fridge to make an almost fat free recipe. As always with chia recipes, you need to give them some time to soak and thicken. You add the chia seeds and the almond milk to a blender. To add extra creaminess and a more rich taste, I also added two tablespoons of almond butter (any other will also do), maple syrup, and organic vanilla extract. After blending, store the mix in die fridge and let it thicken.
While the Chia Pudding is chilling happily in the fridge, there is time to prepare a little extra. A fruit sauce topping that is sweet fruit power condensed. I made two versions: one with blackberries and the other one with strawberries. All one has to do is heat a saucepan, bring the orange juice to a boil, add the berries and and maple and let simmer until the mix thickens. Set it aside and let it cool until you assemble the pudding and fruit sauce in layers. You can enjoy this Chia Pudding recipe also as a nice vegan breakfast, not only as a dessert recipe.
- ¾ cup (180 ml) almond milk
- 3 Tbs Chia seeds
- 2 tsp organic vanilla
- 1 Tbs maple syrup
- 2 Tbs nut butter
- 4 oz (120 g) berries (blackberries, strawberries, you chose)
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) fresh orange juice
- 1 Tbs maple syrup
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- While the the chia pudding is chilling prepare the fruit sauce. Wash the berries and bring to a boil in a small saucepan together with orange juice and maple syrup.
- Cook on low heat and stir until the sauce thickens. That can take about 10-15 minutes. Let cool.