Chocolate chia seed pudding with pomegranate is an easy and delicious breakfast solution packed with nutritious ingredients!
We all have those crazy mornings where we’re sprinting out the door but wishing we had time to enjoy a nutritious breakfast. As a busy, health-conscious working mom, I’m trying to get everyone nourished and ready for the day.
I have a recipe for pomegranate and chocolate chia seed pudding that is easy to make and loaded with superfoods. With a little meal prep, you’re going to have a delicious breakfast or an energizing snack. If you have just 5 minutes to stir, pour, and let the chia seeds do their magic, these pudding cups are for you!
Do you want to know my secret for a quick, easy, and flavorful breakfast that everyone will enjoy? It’s a few simple ingredients combined for a fun recipe with added benefits. Here are the key ingredients to make this superfood pomegranate chia pudding:
How to Make Chia Seed Pudding
- Chia Seeds- An incredible superfood due to its tremendous nutritional benefits like omega-3 fatty acids, easily digestible protein, iron, antioxidants, calcium, and fiber.
- Liquid– When the fiber in chia seeds combines with a liquid, a gel-like layer is created around the outside and thickens the mixture into a pudding. Liquids like milk (dairy, nut, soy, for example) and juice like pomegranate, cranberry, or peach work well for chia pudding.
- Yogurt– Adds a creamier texture, additional protein, and probiotics to the pudding. You can use dairy, Greek-style, or plant-based yogurt to give a nice texture.
- Add-Ins– Increase the nutritional benefits by adding fresh fruit like pomegranate arils, berries, a little bit of dark chocolate, or even a nutritional protein powder.
- Ratio– What I’ve found works best is a mixture of ¼ cup chia seeds, 1 cup liquid, and 1 cup yogurt for just the right pudding texture.
- Time- Once the chia seeds, liquid, and yogurt are added together, the mixture needs at least 1 hour to thicken. Overnight provides the best thickness, so it’s perfect for meal prepping so you can grab and eat!
One of the simplest ways to boost your chia pudding with added nutrition is with protein powder. It’s super convenient to have any time you need a quick breakfast or snack. You can also incorporate it in various smoothie recipes or even baked goods.
The flavors of this chia pudding are incredible for a few tasty reasons. The chocolate layer flavored with the chocolate powder gives an indulgent cocoa flavor without all of the unwanted calories. The fruity pomegranate layer has just the right amount of natural sweetness and tartness.
The combination together is like a dream! I added some fresh pomegranate arils for a burst of juicy fruit flavor and phytonutrients. A few dark chocolate shavings add flavor and antioxidants. Superfoods like chia, pomegranate, and cocoa provide nutrient-rich ingredients that are considered to be especially beneficial for well-being.
If there is one thing to look forward to in the morning, make it breakfast time! These tiny superfood chia seeds are magical, naturally transforming a simple mixture into a spectacular meal. This recipe makes four generous 1-cup servings, so you can place each layer in a sealable container and add your favorite toppings so they are ready even if you are still just waking up.
What is the nutritional profile of chia seeds, and what are ways to use them?
These teeny tiny seeds are nutrient-packed and promote long-lasting energy. Just one ounce (2 tablespoons) of seeds contains 4.6 grams of proteins, 9.6 grams of fiber, 8.6 grams of healthy fat, and 136 calories. Each serving of chia pudding for this recipe contains two tablespoons, so you are getting all of that incredible nutrition. Some of my favorite ways to add them to recipes are in smoothies, chia jams, popsicles, salad dressing, or even baked goods! When creating new recipes, start with a tablespoon at a time to determine how much is needed to add nutrition or texture.
Pomegranate Chia Pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 packets milk chocolate powder
- ¼ cup dark chocolate, shavings, optional
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- Chocolate Pudding – In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and two packets of milk chocolate powder.
- Pomegranate Pudding – In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, yogurt, and chia seeds.
- Refrigerate – Cover and transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour. If making overnight pudding, store it in an airtight container.
- To Serve – Remove the chia puddings from the refrigerator. Using 4 separate serving cups or containers, add ½ cup chocolate pudding to each cup. Add ½ cup pomegranate pudding on top. Top with 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils and 1 tablespoon dark chocolate if desired.
- Milk Options: Dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Plant-based milk will give a slightly thinner consistency.
- Yogurt Options: Greek, unstrained, plant-based, plain or sweetened, flavored with vanilla or fruit.
- Storage Containers: For individual servings, use 8-ounce wide-mouth glass jars or plastic containers.
- Storing: Refrigerate in an airtight container or glass jar for up to 5 days. It’s best to add the berries and nuts right before serving or eaten within 1 to 3 days.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.
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