With a healthy mix of colors and flavors, this Rainbow Chia Pudding is a bright addition to any day!
Rainbow Layered Chia Seed Pudding
If you are looking for a healthy snack or breakfast option, this rainbow chia pudding recipe is perfect! This recipe is both gluten and dairy-free, making it ideal for those with food allergies who are looking for a healthy breakfast option.
Sometimes we get in a little bit of a healthy breakfast rut, and my kids get sick of oatmeal or the usual pancake recipes. This rainbow chia pudding is easy to make and a neat way to make a quick and healthy breakfast option for your family!
Each layer is brightly colored — just like a rainbow — and each layer tastes like a different fruit flavor! Fun, tasty, and healthy!
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Rainbow Chia Pudding Ingredients
- Fresh Raspberries — You’ll need about a pint
- Mandarin oranges — One 16oz can will be perfect for this recipe. Go organic if you can!
- Kiwi — We used two large fruits.
- Fresh Blueberries — You’ll need a pint of these too
- Chia seeds — Dry chia seeds
- Whole Banana
- Soy milk — You can use almond or dairy milk if preferred.
- Stevia — We used Stevia to cut down on the amount of sugar, but you can use honey or regular sugar.
- 8 – 10 small glass jars — Or containers of your choice; we like to use clear jars so you can see all of the beautiful layers!
- Natural food colorings — This is optional, if you’d like to make extra bright layers. We used plant-based dyes because they are vibrant and safer than regular colorings.
What Does Chia Seed Pudding Taste Like?
Dry chia seeds are crunchy and nutty in flavor. However, when used in pudding, they absorb liquid and plump up almost like tapioca.
Also like tapioca, chia seed pudding is essentially flavorless — instead, it absorbs the flavors of what you mix with it. That’s why this recipe is so fun! Not only is each layer a different color, they are each a different fruit flavor too!
Are Chia Seeds Healthy?
For such a small food, chia seeds pack a BIG nutritional punch!
One ounce of dry chia seeds contains:
- 10 grams of fiber
- Almost 5g protein
- 17% DV calcium
- 12% DV iron
- Minerals like potassium and magnesium
- 9g of good fats
How to Make Rainbow Chia Pudding
First you’ll make one big batch of chia seed pudding. Once you make the pudding, you can create the individual flavors with fruits.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine chia seeds with milk and 2 Tablespoons of honey. Stir until incorporated — you can add a little more milk if the pudding seems too thick.
Cover and place in the fridge while you wash and prep your fruit.
Creating the Rainbow Fruit Layers
Once your pudding is made and the fruit is washed and ready to go, take your pudding back out of the fridge so you can mix up the individual layers.
Whenever possible, I simply use colors from nature — the fruit itself will make the pudding turn into a rainbow of colors! However, if you want to make a very vibrant rainbow chia pudding, you can augment each layer with natural food coloring.
- For the pink layer — Place 1 cup of pudding in its own separate dish and add half the raspberries to the pudding. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of Stevia and smash the berries into the pudding until it turns bright pink. You can also add a drop or two of natural pink food coloring if you like.
- For the orange layer — Add about 1/2 cup of pudding to another small bowl and add half of the Mandarin oranges. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of Stevia and mash the oranges into the pudding, which will turn the pudding a light orange color.
- For the green layer — Add 1 cup of the plain pudding to a small bowl with several slices of kiwi fruit and mash together. You can also pump up the color with a couple drops of natural green food coloring.
- For the blue layer — Add another 1/2 cup of plain pudding and half of the blueberries, mashing them into the pudding.
- For the purple layer — Scoop 1/2 cup of the plain pudding into a small bowl with half of the blackberries and mash together. Add a drop of pink and a drop of blue natural food coloring to make it bright purple.
- For the yellow layer — Combine 1/2 cup of the plain pudding with a banana and a few drops of natural yellow coloring.
To Layer Your Pudding:
Scoop the pudding evenly in your serving containers, starting with the blueberry, followed by the blackberry, kiwi, banana, orange, and raspberry layers.
Depending on the size of your containers, this recipe will make about 8-10 individual portions. It’s perfect for feeding a family or meal prepping!
Top with raspberries and blackberries or any other fruit you’d like. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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Rainbow Fruit Chia Pudding Recipe
- 1 Pint Raspberries
- 16 oz Mandarin Oranges a typical can is 16 oz
- 2 Kiwis Large
- 1 Pint Blueberries
- 2 Cups Chia Seeds
- 1 Banana
- 4 Cups Soy Milk Almond or Whole Milk will work too
- 1.5 teaspoons Stevia
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 10 Small Glass Jars or other containers of your choice
- In a medium bowl, mix the Chia seeds with the milk and 2 Tablespoons of honey. Cover and place in the refrigerator while you wash and dry fruit.
- Rinse the raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries and lay on paper towels to dry.
- Peel and rinse the Kiwis, dry with a paper towel, slice the Kiwis into a bowl, and set aside.
- Take your pudding out of the fridge. Place 1 cup of pudding in a separate dish, add half the raspberries to the pudding, sprinkle with a teaspoon of Stevia, and smash them into the Chia pudding, turning it bright pink.
- In another small dish, add about 1/2 cup of pudding and place half of the Mandarin oranges in the dish, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of Stevia and mash the oranges into the pudding, which will turn the pudding a light orange color.
- In another small bowl, place 1 cup of the pudding and several slices of the Kiwi and mash together.
- In another small dish, add 1/2 cup of plainn pudding and half the blueberries, mashing them into the pudding.
- In another small dish, place 1/2 cup of the pudding and the blackberries,; mash to combine (save a few blackberries for toppings!)
- In a small dish, place 1/2 cup of the pudding, and add the banana and natural yellow coloring and combine.
- Optional - use a few drops of natural food coloring in each bowl to create even brighter colors.
- Layer pudding evenly in each of your serving containers: starting with the blueberry, followed by the blackberry, kiwi, banana, orange, and raspberry layers.
- Top with raspberries and blackberries
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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