Small Weck jar with chia pudding and pomegranate in front of a cut pomegranate
Small Weck jar with chia pudding and pomegranate in front of a cut pomegranate

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Pomegranate

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I don’t post many recipes here. While I have grand ideas about all the recipe testing I’m going to do in my spare time, the reality is I’m more of a recipe follower than a recipe developer. So I get very excited when I actually have one to share with you. This chia pudding was inspired by a vending machine. That’s right, a vending machine. In a hotel. In Chicago. I unexpectedly discovered and then delighted in the Pineapple Coconut Chia Pudding created by Farmer’s Fridge and I did my best to create my own version of it. 

3 small Weck jars filled with chia pudding and topped with pomegranate and coconutLet’s first talk about the fact that I ate pudding. I’ve been honest about my texture issues before. Cream pies, cottage cheese, and oatmeal are not things I like to willingly put in my mouth. But for some reason, on this morning in Chicago, chia pudding sounded appetizing. I can’t explain it. And now I’m a total convert.

Weck jar filled with chia pudding and pomegranate with lid

Now granted, I have upped the texture quotient here. It’s not a big bowl of mush. It’s a bowl of thick, creamy sweetness completely overtaken by the crunch of chia seeds, the burst of juicy pomegranate arils, and the satisfying chew of oversized coconut flakes.

Close up shot of half a pomegranate, cut

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Pomegranate
 
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This recipe comes together in minutes (though it does need a few hours in the fridge to set) and you'll be ready for tasty, convenient breakfasts on busy mornings. Sweet, tart, and creamy, all in one bowl.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (I used Chaokoh brand)
  • ¼ cup yogurt (I used Fage 2% Greek plain)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1½ cups pomegranate seeds or arils
  • 1 tablespoon large shred coconut
Instructions
  1. In a quart-sized liquid measuring cup or medium bowl whisk together pineapple juice, coconut milk, yogurt, vanilla, salt, and honey until smooth.
  2. Then whisk in chia seeds.
  3. Pour into 3 small jars or bowls and refrigerate several hours until set.
  4. Top each serving with ½ cup pomegranate arils and 1 teaspoon coconut.
Notes
To make this vegan you could easily replace the regular yogurt with a non-dairy yogurt alternative, and replace the honey with maple syrup or agave.
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 250 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 4 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 33 g Sugar: 21 g Sodium: 110 mg Fiber: 10 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

The nutrition facts are outstanding for a breakfast. Just 250 calories, 7 g protein and 10 g fiber, not to mention 15% of the Daily Value for calcium. And a note about the sugar…one of the most misleading values on labels is the sugar. Currently it includes both added sugar (like corn syrup, honey, or actual granulated sugar) and natural sugar (like fructose from fruit, lactose from milk). A new label, expected in July of 2018, will add a new line called “added sugar” to separate this value from the total sugars. Though some companies are ahead of the curve and have already switched over. So while my recipe contains 21 g of total sugar, it only has 4 g of added sugar. The rest is coming from the yogurt, pineapple juice, and pomegranate.

Three Weck jars filled with chia pudding and pomegranate

These 8 oz. jars may look small, but trust me, it’s a filling portion. The full recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups, so each of the three servings is a generous 1/3 cup of pudding before toppings are added. But if you feel like you need more to be satisfied in the morning, just divide the recipe into two servings instead. The nutrition facts would still be pretty fabulous and you’d bump from 250 calories to just 375 per serving.

One close up jar of chia pudding with a pomegranate and more jars in the background

Is it just me, or do these photos feel kind of festive with all the red and white and cuteness?

Other possible recipe modifications would be varying the fruit on top. Pomegranates are seasonal of course (October through February), but I know the pudding would lend itself to pineapple (as in the original inspirational recipe), but I think also berries, banana, or mango. I’m going to give it a go with thinly sliced cranberries too!

Coconut Chia Pudding in Weck jar surrounded by pomegranate arils

I just looked back to see when I last posted a recipe. Turns out it was July; 5 long months ago. Let’s hope you think this extra creamy, red and white, vending-machine-inspired recipe has been worth the wait.

 

How do you feel about mushy foods? Have you made a convert of yourself with a particular recipe? I’d love to hear about it.

6 Comments

  1. Yay, thanks for posting! I’ve been looking forward to this recipe after reading your review of Farmer’s Fridge and can’t wait to try it out.

    I also have some textural issues with food, but they seem to be the exact opposite of yours–cottage cheese and oatmeal are two of the foods that I can always get down. Glad that we overlap on chia pudding, it’s one of my go-to snacks.

  2. Wow! What a fun recipe!
    Hmmm, I like mushy foods (oatmeal, for example), but I can’t stomach slimy foods (okra coming to mind at the moment). And does cooked spinach count as slimy or stringy? Because whichever it is, I’ll pass (politely).

    • So interesting, isn’t it? How we all have our own “issues” around food. At least for me I’ve discovered more foods that I like as I’ve gotten older. I’m still picky, just less picky. 🙂

  3. I adore pomegranates so this recipe looks so good! Creamy texture I like, slimy texture like under cooked eggs, no thank you. And, yes, cooked spinach fits in the slimy category. Love the photos and cute jars, where did you get them? ?

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