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Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding

This tropical inspired Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding is guaranteed to satisfy all your summer cravings. This healthy chia seed pudding recipe is made with whole foods plant based ingredients, and is super simple to make! This recipe is: Vegan, Oil-free, Gluten-free, Refined sugar-free, and High fiber!
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Pineapple chia seed pudding with tropical spoons

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:

pina colada chia seed pudding

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!

coconut and pineapple vegan dessert recipe

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
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut extract
  • Rum extract
  • Shredded coconut
  • Plant based sweetener of choice – I used date syrup
pina colada chia seed pudding

Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding

This tropical inspired Piña Colada Chia Seed Pudding is guaranteed to satisfy all your summer cravings. This healthy chia seed pudding recipe is made with whole foods plant based ingredients, and is super simple to make! This recipe is: Vegan, Oil-free, Gluten-free, Refined sugar-free, and High fiber!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk can sub lite for a low fat version
  • 1 tbsp plant based sweetener of choice I used maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • Vegan yogurt optional

Instructions
 

  • 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!
Keyword chia seed pudding, Easy, healthy summer recipes, high fiber, simple
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Pine colada chia seed pudding recipe card with coconut and pineapple layers stating this recipe is oil-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan

13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have never seen such a wonderful dessert, you are an artist. I will try and make it just as you did!

  2. 5 stars
    I hate the texture of chia pudding and tried your trick to blend it. I loved it! A super delicious treat, thank you for the recipe

  3. 5 stars
    I love chia pudding – this is a great variation!

  4. 5 stars
    Omg, my new favorite breakfast! This is a keeper for sure!

  5. 5 stars
    ahh that is perfect! such a ssummery vibe!

  6. 5 stars
    The coconut and rum and such a delicious combination!

  7. You cannot go wrong with coconut and pineapple together. Yum!

  8. 5 stars
    ah pineapples are so refreshing, loving this pina colada treat.

  9. 5 stars
    This is a beautiful dessert that tasted really really good!!

  10. 5 stars
    love how pretty this chai pudding looks. It makes the wake up portion more enjoyable

  11. 5 stars
    I loved the texture and flavor of this chia pudding! Such a delicious and light dessert.

  12. 5 stars
    my hubby ate all my chia pudding and i was so mad – i hid mine in the basement fridge now

  13. 5 stars
    my friends can’t believe I put rum on this chia pudding and make it a fancy drink, such a great treat, especially with our tropical heat.

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