How To Build Your Own Chia Pudding Parfait + FoolProof Recipes

Healthy Recipes

12 July 2018


If you follow along on my instagram stories — you probably already know I’m a BIG fan of chia seed puddings.

This is mainly because chia seed puddings are:

+ Ridiculously easy to make —

Literally stir together ingredients, chill in fridge, done and done

+ Portable and travel easily —

Perfect for on-the go breakfasts or travel snacks

+ A plant-based option rich in quality protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids —

Which have been shown to reduce inflammation, cholesterol, insulin resistance and belly fat

+ Loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body —

Ultimately promoting youthful skin and that healthy glow

+ Allow for unlimited toppings —

Which let’s be real is my fave feature 🙂


So yeah, chia seed puddings are my jam right now. Especially in the summer when they double as a refreshing treat or cool dessert.

While they can be tough to screw up, I’ve come up with a foolproof formula for a chia seed pudding base you can use, as well as superfood toppings and add-in’s that will optimize the health benefits (instead of detracting from it). These ingredients also amp up the taste, because food should not only make you feel good but taste good too. 

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FoolProof Chia Pudding Parfait Formula

Prep time
2 hours 0 mins
Cook time
0 hours 10 mins
Total time
2 hours 10 mins
chia seed pudding parfait

This Foolproof Chia Seed Pudding Parfait Formula (+ superfood flavor enhancers & optimizing toppings) makes whipping up breakfast or a sweet treat ridiculously easy, tasty and nutrient-dense to boot. It's also a portable option that travels well for busy days and summer trips. 

Author: Lauren Chambers
Cuisine: American
Method: stirring, chilling
Diet: paleo, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, SIBO, leaky-gut
Dish type: entree, snack, dessert
Serves: 4


For The Chia Seed Pudding Base:

  • 1 can (approximately 1 ½ cups) unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk (I prefer this brand)
  • ½ cup chia seeds 
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup (depends on how sweet you like it) 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt 

For The Superfood Flavor Enhancers + Add-In's:

  • To Make A Superfood Chocolate Version -- add in ¼ cup cacao powder to the base (+ 2-3 drops pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil for a chocolate chip mint option!) 
  • To Make An Anti-Inflammatory Golden Turmeric Version -- add in in 2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger and ⅛ tsp black pepper to the base 
  • To Make A Stress-Reducing Lavender Version -- add in 2-3 drops pure therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to the base
  • To Make A Clarity & Energy Boosting Matcha Version -- add in 2 tsp matcha powder to the base
  • To Make A Detoxifying + Digestion-Boosting Mint Version -- add in 2 tsp spirulina or chlorella + 2-3 drops peppermint essential oil 
  • To Balance Hormones + Boost Mood -- try adding in 1 tsp of maca, ashwaganda, reishi, tocos or mesquite powder to the base 
  • To Beautify Hair, Skin + Nails -- add 2 scoops collagen powder to the base

For The Parfait Toppings: 

  • Shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes
  • A drizzle of nut or seed butter (this chocolate hazelnut one is an absolute fave) 
  • Fresh berries or fruit (right now blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and figs are prime!)
  • Or a berry jam
  • Chopped nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias) or more seeds (pumpkin, hemp, etc)
  • Unsweetened, full-fat coconut yogurt 
  • A tiny drizzle of maple syrup or raw honey
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon, sea salt, turmeric, cacao, cacao nibs or spirulina powder 
  • Sliced avocado (sounds weird but actually tastes good with nut butter and banana) 
  • A clean, refined sugar-free granola topping like Purely Elizabeth or Wildway Grain-Free Granola 
  • Bee Pollen 
  • Herbs like fresh mint or basil 

Personal Fave Flavor Combos: 

  • Chocolate Base + Raspberries & Strawberries + Coconut Yogurt + Cacao Nibs
  • Vanilla Base + Blackberries & Blueberries + Chocolate Hazelnut Butter + Coconut Flakes
  • Matcha Base + Strawberries + Chopped Pistachios + Coconut Yogurt + Drizzle of Honey
  • Chocolate Peppermint Base + Coconut Yogurt + Fresh Mint + Cacao Nibs
  • Collagen Base + Sliced Bananas + Cinnamon + Sea Salt + Almond or Cashew Butter + Granola
  • Turmeric Base + Coconut Yogurt + Papaya & Pineapple + Bee Pollen + Cinnamon


  1. To make the chia seed pudding base, whisk together coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup and sea salt together in a bowl until well combined (along with any other flavor add-in's you want to use). Once combined, stir in the chia seeds, until everything is well mixed. 
  2. Keep bowl in the fridge to chill and harden. This will take a minimum of 2 hours but for best results do so overnight.
  3. Scoop out ¼-½ cup of mixture and add desired toppings
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