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berry-burst chia puddingBerry-Burst Chia Pudding is easily made with fresh or frozen berries to enjoy year-round. Nutritious, delicious and so easy.

Greetings from Anna Maria Island, Florida, named by readers of Conde Nast Travel magazine as home to one of the best beaches in the world. The small evil bit in me had wished so much to be able to write something along the lines of “as I struggle to concentrate with the glare of the brilliant sun and crashing waves…” However, the low sky and steady drizzle of rain have kept us mostly in, and slightly restless. But it is warm rain, so we are grateful.

A trip to the local handmade donut shop – we queued for nearly an hour for our takeout order because they are so fantastic- has also made us grateful, as has seeing dolphins bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico from the comfort of our lounge. If the weather was more like it should be – low 80s and brilliant blue sky – we wouldn’t be eating donuts or standing on the balcony spotting dolphins. Our eyes would be closed, and our bodies would be prone under the shade of an umbrella, trashy gossip magazines strewn around us.

Before Christmas, several thousand miles away, I made a few batches of today’s Berry-Burst Chia Pudding. Andrew pretty much scoffed the lot before others had a chance to partake, but as he normally hates things like this {it’s the texture, you see} I feel pretty positive that most everyone will approve too. I’m also not keen on ‘puddingy’ textures but I make an exception for this chia pudding. Cardamom and citrus somehow get me past the usually deal-breaking texture.

Chia puddings are mainly a summer food { June was the apogee for Pinterest posts on chia pudding}, but it is amazing how with just the addition of cinnamon and – crucially – cardamom, plus adding seasonal clementine juice, makes it feel not at all unsuitable for January. Certainly chia seeds fit right in to the January vibe of  health and wholesomeness: cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-packed, blood sugar balancing – all the right buzzwords for January wellness.chia seeds // food to glow

Puddings are one of the most popular ways of eating chia seeds but they are also great to add into yogurt, cereal, granola, sweet and savoury bakes. You can even make jam with them {they sub for added pectin}. And how could I forget the very useful ‘chia egg’ – that 3:1 water and seed combo that makes vegan baking a breeze.

But no baking here. Just shake and chill.


berry-burst chia pudding

Berry-Burst Clementine Chia Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Use fresh berries if they are in season where you are. Because it is winter in the UK I used frozen brambles and raspberries that I picked in the summer, plus some bought frozen sour cherries. This is a deliciously healthy and filling breakfast or snack.

The Pudding

160ml {3/4 cup} any kind of milk {dairy, almond, coconut etc}

60ml {1/4 cup} freshly squeezed clementine or orange juice

245g {1 cup} plain live yogurt or kefir

6 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp {or less} maple syrup

½ tsp vanilla powder or extract

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cardamom {or a little more cinnamon}

Quick Berry Compote

170-200g {1 cup} frozen summer berries and sour cherries {or whatever frozen berries/stone fruit you have}

2 tsp ground chia seeds

60ml {¼ c} orange juice

a little maple syrup, as needed


Fresh berries {or defrosted frozen} and slices of clementine or orangeDSC_0387 2

1. First of all make the compote by cooking down the ingredients over a low-medium heat until thickened and the berries are mostly burst. Set aside to cool.

2. Blend together all of the pudding ingredients. I used my Froothie but you can just whisk it in a large jug or shake it in a sealable container. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour – longer if you can stand the waiting. It should be thick and spoonable.

3. Layer up the pudding and the cooled compote, topping with fresh berries and sliced clementine. Enjoy within two days for best eating experience.





38 thoughts on “Berry-Burst Chia Pudding

  1. Jackie armstrong says:

    Mmmmmm this looks so mouthwatering, especially the sour cherries and clementines, my mouth so dry and so thirsty as I once again go through chemo but tablet form this time. Everything tastes so bland and need something with a zing. Hope you are all having a fab time and all the best for 2015 x

    1. I wish I could make this for you Jackie. Have you tried sipping fruit vinegar diluted in water? I’ve recommended this to some people and they have said it helps perk up the tastebuds a bit. Albeit temporarily. I hope to see you in the Centre before too long. Wishing you and your family the very best.

  2. Anne says:

    Make sure you drop into Pink & Navy which is owned by my cousin Scott and his wife Janae (mostly her!). It’s a little pricey but fun to poke around in. In fact, all the shops in Pine are fun. Enjoy your vacation and thanks for the yummy, healthy recipes all year! Happy New Year to you all.

    1. Thanks Anne. 🙂 I looked them up on FB and it is just the cutest shop! We are already back in Tampa but both Julie and I want to go the next time we are in Anna Maria. We go there every year, to the Mainsail. Wishing you and your whole family (Mom, Dad and brother too!)a fantastic 2015. Thanks for your support and kind comments over the years. 🙂

  3. lizzygoodthings says:

    Happy holidays and safe travels lovely lady! Thanks for your inspiring recipes throughout the year! xox

  4. Ish says:

    Berries are my favorite

  5. This is just gorgeous Kellie

  6. I love chia pudding – the cardamom and clementines definitely have my attention. And yes, I think this is very suiting for January, so much so that I’ll be sharing something along the same lines this month too. Enjoy your holiday back home!!

    1. I’ll look out for it, Katie! Have a fantastic 2015. I’m so glad to have ‘met’ you this past year. 🙂

      1. The feeling is mutual. 🙂

  7. msmaliha says:

    This sounds so yummy! How do you keep the orange juice from making the yogurt become sour? I’ve always been too afraid to combine them!

    1. Hi there. Good question. I wondered the same before I made it but the blending made it all come right. Clementines – in my experience – often do better with yogurt than oranges. I hope you dare try it. Thanks for the question. 🙂

  8. Have a great trip and happy new year, lovely Kellie xx

  9. Sally says:

    Happy New Year Kellie – sounds like you are having an amazing time… which you totally deserve. Looking forward to more of your beautiful, colourful, healthy, witty, thought-provoking and inspirational posts in 2015. Take care. PS New Years resolutions just added to. Try chia pudding!

    1. That’s so lovely of you to say, Sally. I really admire your own blog (as you well know) so I am more than a little chuffed to read this. Do try chia pudding!

  10. Happy New Year to you all and cant wait to catch up when you get back. See you soon xxxx

    1. Absolutely. Carve out a couple of possible days over the next couple of weeks from which to choose. Looking forward to a right good catch up. Food a bonus!

  11. HedgeComber says:

    As I read through the ingredients I was nodding my appreciation Kellie! It sounds (and looks) utterly perfect, and if there wasn’t a comatose teenager sleeping on my kitchen floor right now I’d be in there whipping this up! (Instead, for the record, I just ate a banana which has done little to stop my belly from growling!)
    Happy new year, I hope it’s a cracker 🙂
    Janie x

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Janie. Best wishes for a fab 2015 to you too.

  12. Mmm that sounds goooood. I think I have to experiment more with the texture of soaked chia seeds in dessert. Beautiful berries too, I feel revived this morning just looking at that!

    1. Chia puddings NEED flavour but I think that’s a bonus because (as with tofu) you can make it taste like what you wish it to. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. 🙂

  13. decabbit says:

    Happy new year – this looks far too healthy 😉 but also delicious! Fab recipe and delicious looking fruit – YUM! Hope 2015 is abfab for you as well 😉 Even more fab and full of much more joy than 2014 😀

    1. ;-)) All the best in 2015 to you too.

  14. I’ve never tried them this way Kellie, but they look great. Sounds like you had a good time despite the weather. Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is a good one for you.

    1. Thanks, Jac. The weather is improving but has been unseasonably cloudy. Probs no bad thing for us fair folk! Good luck with the start of #Jumpstart2015, and I will join you soon! All best for 2015 to you and your family x

  15. Happy New Year Kellie! I’ve never tried chia pudding though I have had experimented with adding chia to smoothies, looks like this is something that I will have to try this year as it sounds both delicious and very healthy 🙂

  16. Deena Kakaya says:

    You know I have been craving chia pudding with fruit since I picked up a bargain pack of chia seeds at the Indian grocers. I saw your post, lusted as i ALWAYS do when I see your posts and then quickly skimmed through the recipe to find how exactly you are sweetening it. Maple syrup. I could totally and utterly devour this recipe. Scratch out ‘could’ and please let’s replace with ‘will’. x

  17. I love a good chia pudding and this recipe and the photos both look stunning (your food styling is on point). Never thought of adding cardamom to the mix, genius!

    1. Thanks so much! We LOVE cardamom at food to glow. 🙂

  18. I have been adding this to many of my days, and all kinds of variations. Thanks for more inspiration!

    1. Awesome to know this! I’m glad to add something good to your day 🙂

  19. I’ve yet to try chia seeds but oh boy that pudding looks good! Your doughnut shop story reminds me of a trip to Connecticut a few years back when the friend we were staying with INSISTED we had to go to this particular doughnut shop. When we finally (with some eye-rolling!) went, the doughnuts were life-changing: crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside and simply dredged in cinnamon sugar. It was like the polar opposite of Krispy Kreme and has spoiled me for doughnuts ever since!

  20. I like chia seeds and have just been been sprinkling them on everything – this is a great alternative way to use them. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Yum!!! Looks delicious!

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