This Strawberries and Cream Overnight Chia Pudding recipe is one of the easiest, healthy make-ahead breakfasts in my meal prep arsenal. She’s got a homemade, dairy-free strawberry milk that the chia seeds soak up over night – it’s SO GOOD and tastes like Nesquik strawberry milk.
If eating vegetables for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie or Veggie-Packed Southwestern Breakfast Skillet doesn’t tickle your fancy, this Creamy Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding will probably be right up your alley. She packs in SO many nutrients, like Omega 3’s, protein, fiber, manganese, calcium, and antioxidants, that will keep you feeling full and energized! This recipe is also kid-friendly for a few science-backed reasons, so the whole family can enjoy Strawberries and Cream Overnight Chia Pudding and make meal prep so easy!
Why chia seed pudding is SO healthy
If you’ve been sleeping on one of my favorite superfood ingredients, chia seeds, because of their interesting texture or tastelessness, this Strawberries and Cream Chia Pudding recipe is lives up to the superfood’s hype. Paired with Vitamin C-rich strawberries, which boost collagen production and immunity, and antiviral, antibacterial, fat-burning coconut milk, you’ve got yourself a summer health and beauty elixir. Here’s the science on chia seeds:
- Chia seeds have antioxidants that will make your skin glow.
- You can get 20% of the recommended daily calcium amount from 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- Chia seeds are complete proteins and have all nine essential amino acids the body needs from food sources
- They’re so heart healthy and packed with the omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) which have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health.
- They regulate the “hunger hormone“, so you can feel more full and regulate your appetite!
- They contain almost 40% fiber, which makes them one of the most fiber-rich foods in the world – AKA you’ll be full well-through lunch time.
- Chia seeds sooth the gut with a gelatinous coating and scrub away waste from the intestinal tract.
Make this creamy strawberry chia pudding in 2 minutes
- Make the strawberry milk. Blend the strawberries, coconut milk, soaked dates, sea salt, and vanilla extract together until very smooth.
- Mix in chia seeds. Spoon the chia seeds into a large mason jar with a lid, then pour the strawberry milk on top. Close the jar lid and shake it well to evenly distribute the chia seeds. Let it sit overnight (or for at least 30 minutes) in the refrigerator.
- Let it chill. After it’s sat for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, garnish with additional strawberries as desired and serve chilled.
How to meal prep Strawberries and Cream Overnight Chia Pudding
This recipe serves 2, so share with a friend or save the other half for your healthy breakfast meal prep!
To store: store it in a mason jar with a closed lid for up to one week.
To serve: garnish with your favorite toppings and serve chilled.
This strawberry chia pudding is totally kid-friendly!
Did you know research shows that kids are WAY more likely to eat something if it’s PINK? This Strawberries and Cream Chia Seed Pudding is not only nourishing and packed with nutrients for growing kids but… it’s VERY pink, very delicious, and very fun to eat! One way to get your kids super excited for their pink pudding is by having them customize their toppings. Here are a few, fun garnishes I think kids would enjoy!
- Add extra fruit: this chia pudding would be so good with sliced bananas in addition to the sliced strawberries.
- Drizzle it: add a dollop of drizzly peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter to make it even creamier!
- For the sweet tooth: adding a spoonful of mini white chocolate chips or dairy-free chocolate chips to make this more like healthy dessert-for-breakfast!
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- 1 cup hulled, halved strawberries
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (full fat and lite both work well; you can use other types of non-dairy milk as well, the results may just not be as creamy)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon fine grain salt
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes before draining well
- 6 tablespoons chia seeds
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients except for chia seeds and blend until very smooth.
- Spoon the chia seeds into a large jar mason jar with a lid, then pour the strawberry milk on top.
- Close the jar lid and shake well to evenly distribute the chia seeds. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
- Garnish with additional strawberries and toppings as desired. Serve chilled and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 2