If you’ve been on the hunt for a breakfast recipe with peaches, this peach chia pudding is where it’s at. These gorgeously layered Peach Puddings with Chia Seeds taste like a cross between fruit cobbler and homemade pudding, minus all the hard work!
Update: This post was originally published in June 2016. I slightly tweaked recipe and updated the post below to include more information about this easy Amaretto Peaches & Cream Chia Pudding Trifle. Plus, I added a recipe video to show you how easy it is to make!
With layers of healthy chia pudding, juicy peaches, and honey-flavored whipped cream, this recipe for peaches and cream pudding is perfect for breakfast. Or, add crushed cookies and rich caramel sauce to make creamy, dreamy peaches and cream trifles! Honestly, you can serve this tasty chia seed pudding with fruit however your little heart desires.
About this peaches pudding
Ever since I made Cinnamon-Maple Chia Pudding with Bananas Foster Topping I have been on the chia seed pudding train, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. While they’re ALL delicious, I’ve been wanting to give the humble dish an elegant makeover. I’m happy to report this fruity chia seed pudding delivers in style.
My creamy peaches pudding is loaded with gelatinous, protein-packed chia seeds; light, fluffy, honey-spiked whipped cream; silky, luscious, sweet, almond syrup-marinated peaches; crunchy, delectable, crushed amaretti cookies; and smooth, rich caramel sauce.
This beauty is all about the layers. Layers of pure, sweet heaven.
[And, just to put this out there, you could also totally refer to this as a peach pudding parfait or a chia pudding fool. The differences between trifles, parfaits, and fools and so small that I consider them all to be close cousins. 😉]
Why you’ll love this pudding recipe
TL;DR? This chia breakfast pudding recipe is:
- Quick & Easy. It’ll only take you 20 minutes of active time from start to finish!
- Takes Just 12 Ingredients, most of which I’d bet you already have on hand.
- Meal Prep-Friendly. You have to chill your chia pudding overnight to reach peak deliciousness, but it’s well worth the wait!
- Customizable & Versatile. Whether you serve it as a chia seed breakfast pudding, or lean into the sweet add-ons to turn it into a peach cobbler trifle, this sweet treat is sure to get your tastebuds dancing. Read on below for lots of ideas on how to adjust this easy chia pudding recipe to suit your needs and preferences!
What is chia pudding?
Chia seed pudding is a delightful and nutritious treat that’s gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years. They’re excellent as a healthy breakfast option, a satisfying snack, or a guilt-free dessert. Imagine a creamy, pudding-like dessert with a healthy twist.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is native to Central and South America. These seeds are incredibly versatile and super nutritious, boasting omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and various vitamins and minerals.
To make any healthy chia pudding recipe, you start by mixing chia seeds with a liquid of your choice, like milk (dairy or plant-based) or fruit juice. As the mixture sits, the chia seeds absorb the liquid and swell up, creating a delectably gelatinous, pudding-like consistency.
What’s a chia seed pudding with fruit?
The best part is that healthy chia pudding recipes are also highly customizable. This chia seed pudding includes peaches. However, you can flavor them with vanilla extract, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, or serve your chia seed pudding with other fruits like berries and sliced bananas. You can even experiment with adding nuts, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of maple syrup for added texture and sweetness. What I’m trying to say is, there are endless different chia pudding flavors to play with.
So, whether you’re looking for a wholesome breakfast alternative or a delightful treat, chia seed pudding is definitely worth a try. Give it a go, get creative with your toppings, and enjoy this nutritious and tasty delight!
Ingredients for peach chia pudding
For the chia pudding
- Unsweetened Full-Fat Coconut Milk & Plain Almond Milk – I used a combination of rich, creamy coconut milk to impart a bit of tropical flavor, then thinned it out with lower-calorie almond milk to get the best of both flavor and health.
- Substitutions: You’re welcome to use any plant-based or dairy milk you prefer here!
- Vanilla Bean – For the richest vanilla flavor and the prettiest little flecks, vanilla bean is the way to go.
- Substitutions: You can also use about 1 tablespoon of either vanilla extract, vanilla powder, or vanilla paste, or swap in ½ tablespoon of ground vanilla seeds.
- Honey – I love the lightly floral flavor of honey, especially next to sweet peach nectar.
- Substitutions: Pure Maple Syrup, Agave Syrup, or Brown Rice Syrup are all acceptable substitutes!
- Chia Seeds – Because you can’t have healthy chia seed pudding without chia seeds!
- Substitution: You can also make a pretty darn tasty flax seed pudding by swapping in whole flax seeds here. They also swell up and get gelatinous, so the texture is quite similar!
For the peaches
- Peaches – If you ask me, peaches are summer’s finest fruit. If you don’t have fresh peaches on hand, you can swap in defrosted frozen peaches or drained canned peaches in juice.
- Substitutions: Feel free to top your chia seeds pudding with fruit of any kind!
- Unsalted Butter – Because butter makes everything better, especially stewed fruit.
- Substitution: Feel free to use ghee, coconut oil, or plant-based butter if you’re dairy-free.
- Light Brown Sugar – Adding a touch of molasses-y sweetness to the buttery peaches takes them into cobbler territory.
- Substitutions: You can also use dark brown sugar, muscovado sugar, jaggery, or piloncillo.
- Cinnamon – For a touch of warmth.
- Substitutions: You’re welcome to experiment with other warming spices like ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, or cloves.
- Almond Syrup – Almond and peaches are a match made in heaven. Make a quick homemade syrup with equal parts sugar and water, then flavor it with almond extract to taste.
- Substitution: If you’re planning on serving this chia fruit pudding as dessert, try swapping in boozy amaretto instead. YUM.
- Heavy Whipping Cream – Of all the chia pudding toppings, fluffy chantilly might be my favorite.
- Substitution: You can also use pre-made frozen whipped topping to make life easier, or swap in coconut cream to make it vegan.
- Vanilla Extract – For flavoring the whipped cream.
- Substitutions: You’re welcome to use an equal amount of vanilla paste or vanilla powder, or use half as much ground vanilla bean. Alternatively, lean harder into the almond flavor profile and swap in almond extract instead!
Variations of peach puddings
Oh, there are so many fun variations with this overnight chia pudding recipe! Here are just a few to consider:
- Matcha Madness: Mix 1-2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder into the pudding mixture for a vibrant color and earthy taste.
- Citrus Zing: Squeeze in the juice and/or add the zest of an orange, lemon, or lime to add a refreshing citrus “twist” (HA!) to the pudding.
- Berry Burst: Instead of peaches, try using a mix of fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. You can toss them with a little sugar or honey and let them macerate before adding them to the pudding.
- Tropical Twist: Use diced mangoes, pineapple chunks, or slices of banana to give your pudding a tropical flair.
- Crunchy Goodness: Sprinkle crushed amaretti cookies or chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts on top of the pudding for an added crunch.
- Sweet Drizzle: Drizzle caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or fruit purée (like peach, raspberry, or strawberry) over the finished pudding for an extra burst of flavor.
- Vegan/Vegetarian: Substitute the heavy whipping cream with coconut cream or a dairy-free alternative like almond or cashew cream and replace the honey with pure maple syrup or agave nectar to make it vegan-friendly.
Remember, these are just some suggestions, and you can always get creative and mix and match flavors according to your preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with your chia seed pudding creation. Enjoy!
Expert tips for the best puddings with peaches
- After combining the chia seeds with the liquid mixture, give it a good stir to distribute the seeds, then let it rest for about 5-10 minutes before stirring again. This resting period allows the chia seeds to start absorbing the liquid and thicken properly. Stirring intermittently during this time will prevent clumping and ensure a uniform texture.
- When using a vanilla bean, make sure to split it lengthwise (hot dog-style) and scrape out the seeds carefully. Save the leftover pod to flavor sugar or salt, or make your own homemade vanilla extract.
- When preparing the peaches, make sure to cook them in the unsalted butter and light brown sugar over medium heat until they caramelize slightly. This will intensify their natural sweetness and add a delicious caramelized flavor to the pudding.
- To make the fluffiest honey whipped cream, ensure that the heavy whipping cream is chilled, and, if possible, use a chilled bowl for whipping for faster and fluffier results. Be careful not to over-whip the cream, as it can turn into butter.
- I used fresh, unpeeled peaches for the amaretto-marinated peaches. You can absolutely peel the peaches, if that’s how you roll. You can also use frozen, defrosted and sliced peaches if you don’t have access to fresh. However, if you can get your hands on some freshly picked, ripe peaches, go for it. Nothing beats the taste of fresh summer peaches!!
- Skip the store-bought whipped cream! Normally a short cut or two is perfectly fine, but since this chia peach pudding recipe is a riff on peaches and cream, I recommend you make your own. It’s incredibly easy, tastes a million times better and the addition of honey really tastes delicious! Plus, the honey whipped cream will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in advance.
- If you can’t find amaretti cookies you can substitute almond macaroons or almond biscotti. If you can’t find either of those, graham crackers or ginger snaps are a good stand-in.
FAQs: chia seeds pudding with fruit
Is chia pudding good for you?
Chia pudding is not only delicious but can also be quite good for you. Chia seeds, the star ingredient of chia pudding, are a nutritional powerhouse that are loaded with beneficial nutrients.
Firstly, chia seeds are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Furthermore, chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. These tiny seeds also provide a good amount of protein, making them a great addition to a plant-based diet.
Moreover, chia pudding can be easily customized to fit different dietary needs. Whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy-free diet, this breakfast pudding can be adapted to suit your preferences and restrictions.
However, it’s worth noting that while chia pudding CAN be a healthy option, it’ll all depend on the specific ingredients and toppings you use. Since this recipe calls for heavy whipping cream and butter, there will be a significant amount of fat. It also has honey, almond syrup (or amaretto), and brown sugar.
To keep things on the healthier side, be choosy with your pudding toppings. Consider using fresh peaches (without the syrup), omitting the whipped cream, and swapping the caramel sauce and cookies for healthier options like granola and toasted nuts.
What is the most basic ratio to make chia pudding breakfast recipes?
The basic ratio of liquid to chia seeds is generally 4:1, so 1 cup of milk to 1/4 cup of chia seeds. That said, it can certainly be adjusted according to taste.
Serving puddings with peaches
I personally like to serve these peach puddings in brandy glasses for perfectly portioned treats and use a thick layer of each component. Of course, you can also do thinner, repeated layers if that makes you happy.
If you’re looking to serve it for breakfast, consider using small 8oz mason jars to portion it out for easy grab-and-go status. This trifle can also be made in a large bowl or would be so cute served in shot glasses for a classy dessert hors d’oeuvres option!
When serving the pudding to guests or company, consider presenting it in individual glasses or jars for an elegant touch. Layer the pudding with the caramelized peaches and honey whipped cream. You can also sprinkle crushed amaretti cookies or drizzle caramel sauce on top as a finishing touch for added visual appeal and texture.
And if you are looking to make this chia pudding recipe extra fancy, drizzle on plenty of homemade peach purée before serving.
Storing chia fruit pudding
Here are some storage instructions to help you keep your chia pudding fresh and tasty:
- Chia pudding should always be stored in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Transfer your prepared chia pudding into airtight containers or jars before refrigerating to preserve its texture and prevent any unwanted odors or flavors from seeping in.
- Label and date your jars. This way, you can easily keep track of their freshness and consume them within a reasonable timeframe.
- This peach pudding is best enjoyed within 3-5 days of preparation. As time passes, the chia seeds continue to absorb liquid and may result in a thicker consistency. If you notice any off smells or changes in texture, it’s a good idea to discard it.
- When you’re ready to enjoy your refrigerated chia pudding, give it a good stir before serving. This will help redistribute the ingredients and ensure a smooth and consistent texture.
- If you have added toppings or garnishes such as fruits, nuts, or sauces, it’s usually best to add them just before serving to prevent them from becoming soggy in the refrigerator.
Alright, my pudding-tastic friends! Remember, life is too short to skip dessert or miss out on a good laugh. So, keep chia-zing the day and stirring up delicious creations in the kitchen! I hope your peach pudding is as sweet as your smile and as smooth as your dance moves. Until next time, may your days be filled with healthy treats and laughter that chia-rms the soul!
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How to make the best chia pudding with peaches! 👇
Peaches Pudding with Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk - shaken or stirred well
- 2 Cups Almond Milk
- 1 Vanilla Bean – seeds removed
- 2 TBS Honey (substitute: Pure Maple Syrup)
- ½ Cup Chia Seeds
- 3 Peaches – halved, pitted & sliced into 1/2'' thick wedges
- 3 TBS Unsalted Butter
- 3 TBS Light Brown Sugar - packed
- 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 TBS Almond Syrup (substitute: amaretto for dessert pudding)
HONEY WHIPPED CREAM: (yield: 2 cups)
- 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 TBS Honey
- ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional Garnishes: Crushed Amaretti Cookies, Caramel Sauce, Fruit Puree
- For the Pudding: In a large jar with a tight fitting lid, add the coconut milk, Almond Milk, vanilla seeds, and honey. Whisk well to combine. Add the chia seeds and whisk again, or seal the jar and shake vigorously to combine the ingredients well. Place the jar in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
- Cook the Peaches: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the peaches, sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peaches are lightly browned and the sugar is caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the almond syrup and stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Make the Honey Whipped Cream: Add heavy cream to a large chilled mixing bowl. Using a hand held mixer, beat heavy cream on low speed for 2 minutes. Gradually increase the speed to medium, continuing to beat for another 2 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Add in honey and vanilla. Continue to beat on medium speed until medium-stiff peaks form, being careful NOT to over beat!
- Assemble Peach Puddings: Divide the vanilla chia seed pudding between serving glasses. Add a layer of peaches to each glass and drizzle with the sauce in the pan. Top with honey whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with crushed cookies, if using. Serve and enjoy.
- I used fresh, unpeeled peaches for the amaretto marinated peaches. You can absolutely peel the peaches, if that’s how you roll. You can also use frozen, defrosted and sliced peaches if you don’t have access to fresh. However, if you can get your hands on some freshly picked, ripe peaches, I highly suggest you use them. Nothing beat the taste of fresh!
- Skip the store bought whipped cream! Normally a short cut or two is perfectly fine, but since this trifle is a riff on peaches and cream, I recommend you make your own. It’s incredibly easy, tastes a million times better and the addition of honey really tastes delicious! Plus, the honey whipped cream will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in advance.
- If you can’t find amaretti cookies you can substitute almond macaroons or almond biscotti. If you can’t find either of those, you can substitute graham crackers as a last resort, but you will be missing the amazing almond flavor of amaretti cookies.
- If you want to make this a non-alcoholic peaches & cream chia seed pudding, simply omit the amaretto in the recipe! No harm, no foul!
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Kevin O'Leary says
Wow, this looks so good!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Totally remember these little beauties Chey! Delish! I’m all into peaches right now too! As usual, love the video too! Happy Monday!
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Yep! Still a big fan of this beauty! Happy Monday, dear! xo
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
I LOVE chia pudding. Add a little booze and some peaches and I love it even more :). These trifles look SO good. And I think of chia pudding as a breakfast food because I usually top my oatmeal with it. So I’m thinking I could make this Saturday breakfast and it would be totally fine!
Daniela Anderson says
Oh my! You’ve made my day! This is seriously delicious! Love chia seeds.
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I LOVE peach cobbler. Adding amaretto in there…? Hey why not!
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
Cheyanne, I don’t know how I missed this post – gosh darn it gal, I adore chia pudding – all the more so when it’s in trifle form! But, when it involves peaches cooked in Amaretto, honey-vanilla whipped cream and Amaretto cookies – why, my knees buckle! Gorgeous, gorgeous trifles! And oooh la la – those layers of flavor! Hope you and boy have a wonderful long weekend! XOXO
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I’m addicted to chia seeds these days! At first, I was kinda not that impressed, but then I gave them another try – now I’m hooked! Just like I’m certain I’ll adore this pudding 🙂 So gorgeous (as usual!)
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What a gorgeous trifle! Love it!
Even though peeling peaches isn’t that big of a deal, I love that you don’t have to for this recipe. Because sometimes you just have a case of the lazyies, you know? This looks stunning. And Amaretto in your peaches is ALWAYS the right choice.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
What a fun dessert! You can’t go wrong with peaches and cream. And amaretto….Yummy!!!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Peaches and cream…totally summer and your trifle sounds great.
It looks absolutely delicious, I have to try this and the amaretto peaches are a keeper and not only for chia pudding, there are lots of things I could imagine putting them on.
Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cotted says
How beautiful and delicious! Trifles are wonderful but this one really tops them all. The peaches and amaretto are a great combination and perfect for all this hot weather. Pinned. Take care.
This is so creative! Love chia puddings and these amaretto peaches are the perfect addition! So glad this week is over, wish I got some more stuff done, but will definitely enjoy the weekend!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Yeah for Friday! This trifle looks absolutely so delicious and healthy., Cheyanne! Loving the almond milk, chia and amaretto. Love peaches and cream! I have a whole bag of chia seeds and dome fresh peaches. I know what I am going to do with them. Have a great weekend, girlfriend! 🙂 <3
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so glad that it’s friday finally!!! I mean seriously how long was this week!! My body hurts and don’t want to be in kitchen anymore 😛 hehe I saw these on facebook and since then been dreaming about these!! Looks amazing girlfriend!!
Oh my gosh, it DID feel like the longest week ever. Luckily, this beautiful trifle is brightening things ups. The crumbled cookies sound amazing with the the amaretto soaked peaches! So summery and delicious!
I’ve been trying to find ways to eat more chia seeds, because I can’t just eat them plain. I could definitely eat them in a chia pudding trifle like this one though! I love the amaretto, peaches, and literally everything about this dish!
Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says
Sign me up for a big old serving of this, Cheyanne. I’m a big fan of boozy dessert – it’s a great way to end the evening in my books. Love that you marinated the peaches in amaretto – that’s a great flavor combo! Have a good weekend!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods says
Summer totally brings out my laziness.. although so does winter. So, I guess my “on” seasons are spring and fall 😉 I have yet to jump on the chia seed bandwagon, but I need to! This pudding trifle looks just wonderful, Cheyanne! I love anything peaches…and amaretto peaches?! I’m salivating! Have a great weekend!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Hey girl – this is totally awesome. Loving the almond milk, chia and amaretto theme you’ve got going here. So delicious and healthy. Score. Don’t know how you could even mention the word lazy in this post. Seriously, not a lazy bone in your body. I’m looking at these gorgeous pictures and your great recipe. You work so hard, so you gotta play hard too. Yep. That’s what I say anyway. Love this post, and the weekend is coming! YAY!!! We are celebrating our 23rd anniversary – hope we don’t get rained out is all I can say! (You don’t have experience with that do you??? LOL.) XOXO
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
Whoa, girlfriend! That’s some kind of GORGEOUS trifle! I love peaches and cream and booze! This blast of deliciousness is singing all things summer! Pinning! XO!
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Is there anything cuter than a mini trifle? I think not!! I am thankfully on the chia seed bandwagon and I have a big bag just waiting for me to crack into! And amaretto? Oh yes – that’s a favorite! So, I guess you could say – I’m a fan!! Happy day, luv!! Cheers! xoxo
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
Okay, THIS IS FATE. I just bought my first ever bag of chia seeds 2 weeks ago when I was doing the power-souping thing, and was wondering how to use more of them…and then you of course swooped in with the perfect perfect answer! You rock, my friend – we are together in chia seed delicousness!!! xoxo
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says
Dreaming of lounging in the sun – we do not have much of a summer this year! It is raining non-stop and even for London it is way too much. Just seeing the bright peaches in your recipe cheered me up a great deal. Maybe I can have a little bit of summer in a glass instead 😉
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
The weekend is almost here. Yayyyyyy!
I love that you have made chia seeds boozy. They are like the trendy healthy food and now they have booze in them. YES!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Honestly Cheyanne, you always amaze me with your creativity!! If only I had one ounce of your creativity! This trifle sounds amazing as did your one with bananas foster topping! Just lounging around with one of these in my hand? Sounds like the perfect lazy summer day to me!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Okay, but how did you know I was craving a fancy-fied chia pudding… wait for it… TRIFLE?? Girl, Erik and I have been talking about making a trifle for ages. Luckily, you’ve already done the work for us. Yay!! Lol.
And heck yeah on the longest week… I mean, seriously!! Look at us, sitting at our computers, dazed and barely focused. Let’s hit the beach! Right? 😉
I love that you are riding the chia seed bandwagon, almond, peaches and so many wonderful ingredients in tow. So the question is… when ya coming over with like a dozen of these? 🙂
Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, Chey. Muah! Pinning, of course! xoxo
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This week has seemed long! We’re ALMOST to Friday though, so hooray! I love chia seeds and try to use them when I remember haha. I’ve only tried chia seed pudding once, but I do love it. This amaretto peach version sounds crazy good! I love how the sweet peaches and amaretto give this so much flavor. What a delicious dish, friend! Pinned, of course! Hope you have a great weekend!
I’m all about the cold treats. Or the frozen ones. I also just want to sit around, but I’m supposed to be productive. Why is that?
This is amazing. I love amaretto more than almost pretty much everything, so I’m sold. And the layers. SO pretty, friend!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
You’re feeling all sorts of lazy….that’s so funny, Cheyanne 😀 This week hasn’t been too bad…I felt like that a couple of weeks ago, but that’s not to say that I’m ALWAYS looking forward to Friday. Who isn’t, right 😉 ? This amaretto peaches and cream puddin’ has it goin’ on! All kinds of deliciousness layered together? I know I’ll want more than one serving. Pinned, of course. Cheers to the soon to be freakin’ weekend. Woot woot! xo
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
It HAS been a long week, hasn’t it? I thought it was just because I’m coming off vacation, but sheesh – is it Friday yet!?! Maybe not, but I can celebrate with this gorgeous trifle! You know I love me some chia seed pudding but this fancy twist with those gorgeous soaked peaches and the cookie crumbles? Sounds so amazing!! And I love me some layered food so this is just perfect. Pinned! Cheers girl to it being almost the weekend 😉 XO
Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction says
This trifle looks absolutely delicious, Cheyanne! Love peaches and cream!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
I totally wasn’t on board the chia seed pudding wagon until I saw this recipe! Omg! So many amazing layers of flavor.