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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding Parfaits

These chocolate cherry chia pudding parfaits are a dessert-lover's breakfast. Antioxidant-rich chocolate chia pudding and cherry jam are layered, one after the other. The chocolate chia pudding comes together with just four ingredients and a patience-demanding 8 hours of chill time. The cherry chia jam requires just three ingredients: sweet cherries, pure maple syrup, and chia seeds, and it's from this recipe I posted last summer. Although I haven't tried making the jam with frozen cherries, I'm guessing it would work out just fine. BUT if you can get your hands on some fresh sweet cherries, I definitely recommend going that route.
Prep Time8 hrs 15 mins
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 4


Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups unsweetened plant milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)

Cherry Chia Jam

  • 2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and de-stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or more, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Optional Garnishes

  • fresh cherries, pitted and diced
  • cacao nibs


For the Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • In a medium-sized airtight container, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cacao powder, and cacao nibs (if using) until all of the chia seeds are free-floating within the liquid and there are no lumps. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Whisk thoroughly after refrigerating.

For the Cherry Chia Jam

  • In a high-powered blender, combine the fresh cherries and maple syrup. Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Pour into an airtight container and whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To Assemble

  • In 4 small jars or glasses, layer the chia pudding and cherry jam, one after the other. Add desired toppings and serve.