Overview

This creamy raw fruit chia pudding has a delicious fruity/chocolate that reminds me of melted Neapolitan (strawberry, chocolate, vanilla) ice cream. Chia seeds are the secret ingredient in this recipe. A blender is required.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    3 hours 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    4 servings
  • Shelf Life

    3 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Throw everything in the blender EXCEPT THE CHIA SEEDS!
  • 2. Blend in a high-speed blender 'til very very well blended. You can't really overblend this, so feel free to go nuts.
  • 3. Place the chia seeds in a large bowl. Slowly pour the blender concoction over the chia seeds, and stir very well.
  • 4. Stir - Probably take the bowl with you in front of the TV and stir for 10 minutes or so. The purpose of all this stirring is to help the chia seeds declump and plump up. Remember, the chia seeds are like tapioca and they will expand in size. Try not to eat too much of the pudding now. Just take a few tiny spoonfulls and that's it!! Don't eat the whole bowl in front of the TV because it gets even better once it's been refrigerated for an hour or two!
  • 5. Refrigerate - Once everything is nicely stirred and there are no clumps, cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. The purpose of doing this is to let the chia seeds plump up over time. You could probably let this chia seed fruit pudding sit on the counter for the same amount of time rather than refrigerate it.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Creamy raw fruit chia puddings are yet another vice of mine. In fact, my tummy is full of one right now!

This creamy raw fruit chia pudding is my new favourite chia pudding, which is replacing my old favourite chia pudding recipe (although that one may be an oldie but it's still a goody, too!).

In case you don't know what chia seeds are, they are tiny seeds that plump up like tapioca. By the way, you cannot make this recipe without the chia seeds, so don't substitute anything for the chia seeds!

If you try this recipe please let me know what you think. To me, when I make it with raspberries or strawberries this chia pudding reminds me of melted Neapolitan (strawberry, chocolate, vanilla) ice cream.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Fat.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, and Iron.

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Lime coconut sounds intriguing Amber!

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Lovely :-)
Can I freeze it as I'm going away for a couple of days.
Thanks

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This is insanely good!! Added strawberries and blackberries.

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Can i replace the cacao powder with anything at all? I am allergic to cocoa..
Would it be possible to use mashed banana? Thanks a lot

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Hi Annis!

You could omit it completely :) Or you could use 1.5 times carob powder

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Can I substitute cashew for any other nut, say walnut?

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Hi DK!

Walnut won't work well - try macadamia nuts. More info here :) https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions

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Gorgeous! I'm going to add more cocoa next time as I LOVE chocolate. Very easy to make and a hit all round.

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Thanks, Sarah! Glad you like!

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Wow Great... I substituted the fruit for coconut, and used blue agave!

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Hi Kimber,

Nice tweak!

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Very tasty! I used blueberries and strawberries and placed raspberries on top.

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Looking good, Evelyne!

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Tried this as my first raw pudding.
I used Black Chia Seeds, they were still mostly crunchy after 2 Hours in the fridge. I will leave longer next time. Thanks.

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Hi WestOz, next time maybe stir a lot more?

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I used strawberries and some blueberries(frozen) and used Carob powder instead of Cacao powder and it was so yummy!!! Been eating this stuff for two days now :)

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Hi Amy, Frozen bluberries are perfect with this one too. So glad you are enjoying!

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Where are the ice cream recipes? Can your puddings be uses as the base for ice cream?

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Hi Michelle, I think my ice cream recipes are only in my members-only area (TRK). But basically, for a super simple ice cream,  peel and freeze chopped bananas. Then process in a food processor.  = ice cream 

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Sorry, wrong recipe, I was supposed to ask the raw chocolate pudding recipe.

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Oops! I answered the above too lol!

For the raw chocolate pudding, that'll freeze better. Go for it!

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Lovely :-)
Can I freeze it as I'm going away for a couple of days.
Thanks

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Hi Hilary, I would be more inclined to dehydrate it than freeze it. If you do freeze it, I'd put it in little ice cube trays (or popsicle molds) and then use in smoothies later  - I don't think it will defrost back to its original state

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This is insanely good!! Added strawberries and blackberries.

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Yum Farah!

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Very good! This was my first chia seed recipe. Now I'm thinking about variations. Coconut-mango or lime-coconut...hmmm

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Lime coconut sounds intriguing Amber!

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A new favorite. I love Chia seeds so this was a perfect recipe for me.

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Hi Felicia - glad you are enjoying :( This was my go-to dessert for years. Glad it tickled your chia-bone the right way!

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Yum yum yum! This is soooo good Laura! Thanks so much for the recipe! :) I found that the recipe was pretty sweet thouugh, so I only needed to use 2 Tbs of honey instead of 3. I think next time I might even use less. Soooo good though! Thanks again :D

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Hi Dana, so glad you enjoyed :) Thanks for sharing your modifications with us - it's comments like yours that make this place great!

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Could you estimate how many servings the recipe makes?

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Hi Lisa, this makes approx. 3 medium to large servings

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Note to Ken who just left me a voicemail - no, it doesn't make your bowl overflow so your bowl in the fridge will be just fine :) The chia seeds will absorb the moisture that is there, rather than grow too much :)

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Made this today with a punnet of freshly picked strawberries, fresh honey straight from the apiarist but omitted the cocoa. It is still pure heaven!

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Hi Sharon, I am so glad you liked it! This is a good one, I used to make it ALL the time. That's cool that you have fresh honey!!

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This came out too chocolatey. I was expecting it to taste more like the strawberries I used, but the cocoa powder overpowered it. I must say that the photo you used looks like you didn't put in cocoa powder, at least compared to the way mine looked.

It was still pretty tasty, just not really what I was in the mood for.

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This was pretty good! I think the next time I make it I will add even more berries. I used fresh strawberries. However, I had to force myself to not eat the whole thing in one sitting because I am new to eating chia seeds and I know they can expand even more... pretty good.

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Lol that is good that you didn't eat the whole thing - as tempting as it is!

I do usually use frozen thawed fruit for this - there is probably more packed into them since they get all squishy and dense when thawed from frozen. Thus I think it's a wise comment that you've made

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Hmmm, I will have to bear that in mind. I get such good produce where I live, especially this time of year, that it was hard to resist using the fresh berries. That being said, I think if I make this again I may cut the recipe in half so then I can eat the whole thing in one sitting...it got really thick after a day or two in the fridge...

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Fresh is always best though.So no need to resist :)

I like it when it gets thick in the fridge! Just give it a vigorous stir before eating

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OK, I just whipped up a batch of this. It was easy and only took a couple of minutes. I was able to make this using my regular Oster blender (as I don't have a Vitamix) and I'm pretty excited to try it. Will report back in an hour or so. Chia seeds - my new found food source...

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This sounds yummy!
How long does this keep in the fridge?
Also can it be frozen and for how long?

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Keeps in the fridge for probably 2 days. STIR vigorously after removing from fridge. (It never lasts very long in my house, by the way, because we eat it right away b/c it's so good.)

I have never frozen it. It is actually a great contender for freezing - maybe you could make popsicles out of it and eat it like a popsicle?? Never done it myself though

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Will the chia seeds still plump up if I throw them into the blender?

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If you blend the chia seeds they will make the WHOLE recipe be slightly gelatinous - but you won't get the "tapioca" pearl feel.

But that's okay, it'll just be more smooth and creamy, which is a nice alternative

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Love the recipe tho' I think next time I'll cut back on the agave a little.
To the person whose chia seeds did not plump: my WF keeps the chia immediately next to the poppyseeds in identical containers. I almost made poppyseed raw pudding when i grabbed the wrong one in a hurry. You might want to check the labels before the check out lane, just in case!
Keep those recipes coming!

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Lol, you sound like me when whizzing through the grocery store :)

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my chia seeds are not expanding???!!!

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Lol, deep breaths! They can take a couple of hours to expand. Did you stir them really well? Did they eventually expand??

Please come back with an update! Inquiring minds want to know :)

It's possible that your chia seeds are duds, but I've never experienced that problem.

Where did you get your chia seeds from?

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i got the seeds from whole foods!
and i stirred them and left them over night..and nothing!!!
can u believe it?!
first i put/soaked them in almond breeze milk...then tried just plain purified water...nothing.
so weird
what do i do..? do u think it was the seeds?

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That's odd! Darn that whole foods.

Can you still eat the pudding? I would think it's probably a bit runnier than usual, but it should still taste okay.

Send me your mailing address to lj@therawtarian.com and I'll send you some sample chia seeds in the mail for free. (I've got a bunch.) That should cheer you up a bit :)

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Wow! That was good. I think I could eat a huge bowl every day. :)

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I know, love it!! Did you use raspberries?

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I used frozen strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I am making more today to take to a family dinner. Yum!

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Nice combo! Can't go wrong with that triple threat :)

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Can you tell me how to make fruit leather rolls?

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Hi Cyd! I think we resolved your question on the facebook group :)

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YUMMY!Chia seed and I used fresh figs, didn't have the berries.
Will do it the way you do asap.

I told the kids it's coco pudding~

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Did they like it??

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Yummy! It DOES taste like melted Neopolitan ice cream. I ground my chia seeds first in the cofee grinder and it's really smooth-- like gelatinous melted ice cream. Yum. Thanks! I always love your recipes. For the past month, my fridge is always stocked with chia seed pudding and I eat it with fruit for breakfast each morning.

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Grinding the seeds is a good idea! Nice alternative, although I do like the chewiness of the balls, except I don't like it when they get stuck in my teeth :)

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Delicious! I tend to add a decent amount of Hemp nuts (shelled hemp seed) for their protein and other benefits when I'm making almost anything, and they work very nicely in this! Thanks for sharing!!

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Aah, now that's a good idea. Love hemp seeds

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I am going to try this recipe real soon. Sounds yummy!
@kristi, check Whole Foods Vitamin section. They tend to move
items like chia seeds to different departments.
Have a great day.
Frannie

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Frannie, if you do try it let us know how you liked it and whether you modified it at all.

I keep meaning to try other fruits but I just love raspberries so much that I keep making it with raspberries.

Good tip about Whole Foods. Why do stores insist on moving everything around?? Just when we think we've got it figured out... ;)

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This looks so yummy and I am definitely going to try it out! As for your comment, Kristi, I was unable to find chia seeds locally too so I just get them online at thechiaseed.com

They sell them in pound and a half bags which last me about a month and the shipping is free, so it is overall the best place I could find to buy chia seeds online, and I've been getting my chia seeds from them for about 2 years now. Hope this helps!

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Sounds like a great source, J. Thanks for sharing!

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Of course I stumble upon your website AFTER I've gone to whole foods for the week! Grrr! I even tried to find Chia seeds in WF before I left but I gave up. Boo.

Anyway, this looks great. Make some more youtube videos! :)

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Hi! You might be able to find chia seeds in a local bulk food retailer or in a health food store. I live in a small town but I can still find them locally. Maybe next time you have some free time just grab the phone book and call your closest health food stores. It's WAY easier to call around rather than drive around. Do get them, though. I absolutely love them! They're not that great on their own, but I find that they open up a lot of doors in the pudding department, lol.

I will try to make more YouTube videos!! Thanks for the encouragement :)

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