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Actually Delicious Tropical Chia Pudding

We’ve probably all had chia puddings that were off-putting. The texture and flavor needs to be just right or it’s just not worth eating. I don’t like mine too thick because the chia seeds just seem so dense and I don’t like it. But THIS recipe….it is good stuff. Have you ever had Frog Eye Salad, made of small pasta, whipped cream, marshmallows, pineapple, and mandarin oranges? It’s seems to be a popular item at church potlucks. It’s not at all whole food or plant based. This chia pudding reminds me of that sugary salad even though is has almost no added sugar! (You can even sweeten it with only fruit!)

A note on the yogurt: I don’t usually buy yogurt because it’s so expensive and hard for me to find non-dairy yogurt (I have to go to Walmart which I don’t usually go to for groceries). However, it really makes a difference in this recipe! The probiotics are great, too. If you don’t have yogurt though, you can use full-fat canned coconut milk. It won’t add the same tang, but it will give it creaminess.

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny powerhouses packed with nutrients and offer several health benefits:

1. Rich in Nutrients: Despite their small size, chia seeds are loaded with important nutrients such as fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants.

2. Heart Health: The high content of omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds is beneficial for heart health. Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and decrease the risk of heart disease.

3. Digestive Health: Chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can promote regular bowel movements, prevent constipation, and support a healthy digestive system.

4. Blood Sugar Regulation: The soluble fiber in chia seeds can help stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.

5. Weight Management: Due to their high fiber and protein content, chia seeds can help promote feelings of fullness and satiety, which may aid in weight loss or weight management efforts by reducing overall calorie intake.

6. Bone Health: Chia seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all of which are important for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

7. Hydration: When mixed with water or other liquids, chia seeds form a gel-like substance that can help retain moisture and electrolytes, making them a useful ingredient for maintaining hydration during physical activity or in hot weather.

8. Antioxidant Properties: Chia seeds contain antioxidants such as flavonoids, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid, which can help protect the body against damage from free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

9. Versatility: Chia seeds are incredibly versatile and can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, including smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, baked goods, and more, making it convenient to reap their health benefits.

Overall, adding chia seeds to your diet can be a simple and effective way to boost your nutrient intake and support overall health and well-being.

Benefits of Pineapple

Pineapple is a nutritious tropical fruit rich in vitamin C, bromelain, and fiber. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, aids collagen production for healthy skin, and facilitates wound healing. Bromelain possesses anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing arthritis symptoms and inflammation. High fiber content supports digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements. Pineapple’s antioxidants, like beta-carotene, benefit eye health, reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Additionally, bromelain may alleviate respiratory issues by reducing mucus and inflammation in the airways.

How to make this Chia Pudding

Simply stir the ingredients together and set it in the fridge! It will be pretty thick within an hour in the fridge (in my experience), but for sure it will be ready after an overnight stay in the fridge.

For this recipe, I like to find mandarin oranges canned in 100% juice. You may only find this in the snack pack version. I just use one or two snack cups for this recipe. My kids are now obsessed with these fruit cups since I bought them for this recipe.

Make a batch of this delicious chia pudding right now so you have it for a healthy snack or breakfast when you need it. It’s a fun way to spice up your regular breakfast and snack routine and offers tremendous health benefits at the same time!

5 from 1 vote
Actually Delicious Tropical Chia Pudding
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This delicious pudding is not like most chia puddings....you have to try it! Yogurt makes a huge difference, and pineapple makes it sweet without added sugar.

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Faithful Plateful
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy plain or vanilla yogurt (any kind, I used Silk almond yougurt)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, slightly drained (if you don't have crushed, blend other canned pineapple in the blender)
  • 1 can (10 oz) mandarin oranges in 100% juice, drained
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp almond or coconut extract (optional)
  • berries, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, granola (all optional)
  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a container with a lid. Taste and add maple syrup to achieve desired sweetness. Let chill in the fridge for at least one hour, or overnight. The chia seeds swell and thicken it.

  2. Enjoy within 3 days.

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    1. Just 1 cup of crushed pineapple (it usually comes in a 20 oz can), and a 10 oz can of mandarins. I’ll update the recipe card.

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