These vegan coconut yogurt chia seed pudding parfaits are my all-time favorite breakfast. They're nourishing, easy to make, versatile, and can be prepared ahead of time to enjoy as a quick grab-n-go breakfast throughout the week!
I've made a lot of chia pudding over the last few years, but this one is far and away my all-time favorite!
It's luxuriously creamy, subtly sweet, and intensely satisfying.
Using a combination of coconut yogurt + plant-based milk for the base as opposed to only plant-based milk. I'm telling you, once you go coconut yogurt chia seed pudding, you'll never go back.
You can make the chia pudding using store-bought coconut yogurt, but I strongly recommend using homemade coconut yogurt instead. Yes, homemade. But before you scoot your cursor across the screen to X the heck out of here, at least give me the chance to explain why this isn't as fussy as it sounds. Please?
Homemade coconut yogurt is surprisingly easy to make. No fermenting required, no long wait. Nope, none of that fussiness.
All you'll need? Two young thai coconuts, a sturdy kitchen knife to hack them open, a spoon to scoop out the pretty white flesh, and a blender. Oh yes, and a splash of the following: fresh lemon juice, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Easy as pie, and we have Gena Hamshaw of The Full Helping to thank for it. Her awesome recipe was the first one I used to make homemade coconut yogurt, and it will likely be the last because it's that good.
Again, you can use store-bought coconut yogurt, but for the most dreamy, life-changing chia seed pudding, I recommend making your own. Now, let's talk parfaits . . .
For the ultimate breakfast parfaits, that delightful coconut yogurt chia seed pudding is topped with a super simple, two-ingredient strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, pepitas, and coconut flakes.
To make the chia pudding, you'll whisk together vanilla coconut yogurt, plant-based milk, pure maple syrup, and a dash of sea salt until smooth. Then, you'll whisk in ⅓ cup chia seeds, cover, and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours to thicken and set.
To make the strawberry jam, you'll bring fresh or frozen strawberries (I prefer frozen for this recipe) and pure maple to a rapid simmer. Then, reduce the heat and continue to simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until the strawberries break down into a saucy, syrupy mixture.
The best part? You can make the chia pudding and strawberry jam ahead of time, layer each in small jars or glasses, and enjoy these delectable parfaits for breakfast throughout the week. I swear, just the thought of them makes the sound of an early alarm clock a bit more tolerable or dare I say, sweet. I hope you love this recipe as much as I (clearly) do—it has stolen my chia-seed-pudding-loving heart. ♥
Coconut Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits
Coconut Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 ⅓ cups homemade vanilla coconut yogurt* (I recommend Gena's Raw, Vegan Vanilla Coconut Yogurt)
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk**
- 2–3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, to taste
- Pinch sea salt
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
2-Ingredient Strawberry Jam
- 3 cups frozen strawberries (about one 10–12 ounce bag)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, more or less to taste
- Fresh strawberries, sliced
- Coconut flakes
For the Coconut Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut yogurt, plant-based milk, maple syrup, and sea salt. Add the chia seeds and whisk until evenly dispersed throughout the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to thicken and set. Thoroughly whisk after refrigerating to redistribute the chia seeds.
For the 2-Ingredient Strawberry Jam
- In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries and maple syrup over medium-high heat. Bring to a rapid simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 10–15 minutes or until the fruit has broken down, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and use the back of a spoon to roughly mash any remaining large pieces of fruit. Let cool completely. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator.
- Spoon the chia pudding into 4 bowls or glasses and top with the strawberry jam. Garnish with toppings, if desired.
**I use unsweetened almond milk.