I am super excited to share today's Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding recipe with you all! This chia seed pudding recipe is tropical paradise in a bowl! I know some people don't love chia seed pudding, but personally I can't get enough of it. My love of chia seed pudding began when I was a sophomore in college and was still living in a dorm, and on a strict budget. I used to buy cans of coconut milk and chia seeds and make giant batches of coconut chia seed pudding that were much like this Piña Colada chia pudding recipe I have for you today!
Why make this tropical chia seed pudding recipe:
Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite foods to make, because it is truly so versatile. It can be made into decadent desserts, or quick and easy vegan breakfast recipes. That's not even the best part. Chia seeds are extremely healthy. What makes chia seeds so healthy? It's all the fiber and omegas! If you're already eating a super diverse plant based diet, then this may not be something super appealing to you, because there's a good chance you're already getting these nutrients in your diet. However if you are the other 99% of the population, then you are probably deficient in these key nutrients! Chia seed pudding recipes like this Piña Colada chia seed pudding is the perfect way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet!
Not a fan of coconut chia seed pudding? Make sure to check out some of my other recipes that feature chia seeds:
Can I make this coconut chia seed pudding low fat?
As delicious as coconut chia seed pudding is, it can be quite high in calories. It is absolutely nothing to worry about if you are treating yourself, but if you are looking to eat this pineapple chia seed pudding everyday, I would recommend trying out my low fat chia seed pudding recommendations. The first is to simply sub out full fat coconut milk for lite coconut milk. I do this with a lot of my recipes that call for full fat coconut milk. This works for me, because I am a total volume eater, and therefore I like to make my meals lower in calories so I can eat more. If you are wanting to make this coconut pineapple chia pudding even lower in calories you can make it using the coconut milk you find in the refrigerated section of the store.
I've made this recipe using all three, and they were all creamy and delicious! Using full fat coconut milk will give you the creamiest thickest pudding. Therefore if you're making this Piña Colada chia seed pudding recipe for the first time, I recommend making them using that.
Best natural sweeteners for refined sugar-free desserts:
Finding a good naturally sweetener can be a struggle! Often times brands will claim certain products to be a natural sweetener when in reality they're just as processed as cane sugar. For example, agave is not a natural sweetener. Many new vegans (I was one of them once!) believe that agave is a natural sweetener that is much healthier than cane sugar. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is not. It is super refined, and contains no fiber (an extremely crucial thing to look for when it comes to natural sweeteners).
There are few true natural sweeteners out there that are truly natural, and health promoting. Here are some of my favorites: Maple Syrup, Maple Crystals ("VEGAN10" for $10 off!), Dates, Date syrup, Yacon syrup, cold pressed juice, and fruit! These sweeteners are all good choices when it comes to natural sweeteners, because they are all unrefined, and in their most (or almost) natural forms! For this Pineapple chia seed pudding recipe I used Maple syrup, because I wanted to keep the pudding super white and pure! However I also love the way date syrup tastes in this recipe, because it compliments the coconut super well and creates caramel like flavor!
What if I don't like the texture of chia pudding?
I totally get this. As someone who has a sensory disorder, I completely understand how certain textures can be off putting! Chia seed pudding has a very interesting texture that definitely isn't for everyone! However there's a trick that's going around TikTok that shows how to make the best smooth chia seed pudding. All you have to do is put it in a blender! That's right, it's that simple, you just place milk and chia seeds in a blender, blend until smooth and place in the fridge to set. You'll end up with a smooth and creamy chia seed pudding that is absolutely delicious. I've become obsessed with making it that way, but I still love the traditional way too! This method works very well for this pineapple chia seed pudding recipe, because it mixes with the pineapple very well.
Ingredients for this Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding:
- Chia seeds
- Coconut milk
- Coconut extract
- Rum extract
- Shredded coconut
- Plant based sweetener of choice - I used date syrup
Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding
- Begin by combining the coconut milk, extracts, and sweeteners together and mix until smooth. Add the chia seeds and coconut and milk. Make sure that all the chia seeds get mixed together and there aren't clumps anywhere.
- Place in the fridge for at least one hour (overnight is best for thick pudding).
- In a bowl mash the pineapple. Assemble the cups by scooping the chia pudding into cups and then add the pineapple in the middle and topping with more chia pudding and vegan yogurt. Serve and enjoy!