This recipe for Mixed Berry Chia Seed Pudding Mousse is a breeze to whip up and healthy enough to eat for a satiating morning meal but tasty enough to enjoy after dinner for a dessert-like treat. Packed with protein, fiber and good-for-you ingredients, you can feel good about digging into a bowl of Mixed Berry Chia Seed Pudding Mousse any time of day!
For a while there, I found myself regularly whipping up small batches of chia seed pudding. It is such a great healthy snack to have on hand in the afternoon when my sweet tooth often starts raging. I’m not sure when I fell out of the habit but chia seed pudding recently made a comeback in my life and I am loving it.
A few weeks ago, I made a batch of mixed berry chia seed pudding in my blender that tasted fluffier and almost whipped in texture. It was so wonderfully mousse-like and different that some of the more tapioca-like textures of chia seed puddings I’ve made in the past. I was instantly hooked!
As the weeks went on, I began toying around with various ingredients – swapping strawberries for blackberries, full-fat coconut milk for almond milk, etc. – until I ended up with a recipe that tasted rather indulgent but still managed to be made with whole foods and ingredients I feel good about putting into my body. And if a recipe healthy enough for breakfast can double as a sweet, dessert-like treat after dinner, you know I’m going to be a fan!
Though I was already a few weeks into my rediscovered chia seed pudding love affair, as I began reading How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease (which admittedly has quite an intense and click-baity title), I felt even better about regularly incorporating chia seeds into my diet. They’re a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber (10 grams in a two tablespoon serving!), omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and important vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. And, on top of everything, they’re a great source of protein. Give me more chia!
The great thing about this particular mixed berry chia seed pudding mousse recipe is that it’s an easy one to toy around with and can be altered depending on the ingredients you have on hand and your personal preferences. See the Recipe Notes section below for some of my favorite swaps and variations!
Mixed Berry Chia Seed Pudding Mousse
Recipe inspired by Chia Pudding from Vitamix Simply Blending Cookbook
- 1 can (14 fl oz) full-fat coconut milk
- ¾ cup cottage cheese
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup fresh berries (I love a mix of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
- 1¼ tablespoons maple syrup
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional garnish ideas: Additional fresh berries, chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut, mini chocolate chips
- Pour the coconut milk and cottage cheese into a high powered blender followed by the remaining ingredients.
- Blend until pudding is rather thick and relatively smooth. (I blended my pudding in my Vitamix on high for about a minute.)
- Transfer into a large bowl and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
- Portion chia seed pudding mousse into bowls, top with additional fresh berries or desired garnish and enjoy!
Per serving: Calories: 267 / Carbs: 14g / Protein: 10g / Fat: 18g / Fiber: 7g / Sugar: 7g / Sodium: 205mg
Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be swapped for alternate ingredients depending on your dietary preferences and what ingredients you have on hand in your pantry or fridge. I’ve swapped Greek yogurt for the cottage cheese and loved the result. (It’s also wonderful and even sweeter when made with strawberry or vanilla Greek yogurt, but that will increase the added sugar in the recipe.)
Feel free to swap light coconut milk or almond milk for the full-fat coconut milk but note that the chia seed pudding mousse will not be as rich or creamy.
Honey may be used in place of the maple syrup or you may completely omit the syrup if your sweet tooth isn’t as prevalent as mine!
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