If you're a fan of key lime pie, you will love this Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding! It's so fresh, creamy, and comes together in no time. This chia seed pudding recipe is a delicious spring or summer dessert, and it's nutritious enough to have for a snack or as part of a balanced breakfast.
What is Chia Seed Pudding?
Have you heard of or tried chia seed pudding? One of the main ingredients in chia seed pudding is... you guessed it - chia seeds! Chia seeds are nutrient dense and are rich in a variety of beneficial nutrients, including ALA omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus as well as plant-based protein. Just one serving of chia seeds (2 tbsp.) contains 130 calories, 7 g fat, 10 g fiber, and 6 g protein.
In addition to nutrient dense chia seeds, chia seed pudding consists of a liquid like creamy coconut milk or almond milk and a touch of sweetness from honey, maple syrup, agave, and/or fruit. The chia seeds absorb some of the liquid to form a pudding-like texture similar to yogurt.
The base of this Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding recipe calls for reduced fat canned coconut milk, creamy avocado, zesty lime, vanilla, and agave nectar. It's naturally gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. It's so delicious as part of a balanced breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or even as a nutrient dense dessert!
This Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding is packed with all the flavor and decadence of key lime pie, but it's nourishing enough to have for breakfast or as a snack.
It's also a great recipe to meal prep. Make a batch on Sunday afternoon so that you have an easy, grab-and-go breakfast or snack option for busy work days or a better-for-you sweet treat to come home to!
Regardless of when you enjoy your chia seed pudding, I highly suggest adding the following toppings for even more delicious key lime pie flavor and texture variety:
Plain Greek yogurt or whipped cream**
Graham cracker crumbles*
What’s in This Recipe?
Lime zest – contains prebiotics to promote gut health
Lime juice – contains vitamin C
Avocado – contains heart healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, vitamins, and minerals
Reduced fat coconut milk – contains fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc
Agave or maple syrup – natural sweetener
Vanilla extract – adds flavor
Salt – brings out the sweetness
Chia seeds – contains plant-based protein, ALA omega-3 FAs, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus
Notes: This chia seed pudding recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. For the toppings, use dairy free whipped cream and/or yogurt to keep this recipe vegan* and/or gluten free graham crackers to keep this recipe gluten free**.
Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 0 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes + 4 hour wait time
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 2 limes
1 13.5 oz can reduced fat coconut milk
3 tbsp. agave or maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
Plain, vanilla, or coconut Greek yogurt**
Graham cracker crumbs*
Add the lime zest and juice, avocado, coconut milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract to a blender. Pulse until smooth then transfer to a glass container with a lid.
Add a pinch or two of salt to taste.
Stir in the chia seeds until well dispersed.
Cover with the lid, then place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
Enjoy within 5 days topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, and fresh strawberries.