This creamy oat milk chia pudding with fresh cherries is a delicious breakfast recipe that you prep before going to bed. Combine it with yogurt and granola for an easy healthy breakfast!
Have you tried making chia pudding? Chia pudding recipes are all the rage, and this oat milk chia pudding breakfast recipe is so easy that it can almost make itself overnight in your refrigerator.
I have always been scared to try chia pudding. It looked gross, slimy, and lumpy. It had no appeal to me at all. Bleh! Lucky for me, Mr. Fearless Dining had me try it. I have to admit; I was pleasantly surprised!
Add any toppings you like! I include some of my favorite toppings below. If you love chia pudding as much as I do, you will also want to try this Vanilla Chia Pudding recipe.
Why This Oat Milk Chia Pudding Recipe Is Great:
- It makes a delicious healthy breakfast.
- This recipe is both vegan and has an easy paleo option if you use coconut milk and yogurt.
- You can customize the mix-ins in so many ways.
- Meal prep it before you go to bed!
We hope you like this fresh cherry coconut chia pudding as much as we did! If you did, try this delicious Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding recipe.
- Chia Seeds
- Oat Milk (or another dairy-free milk if you can't eat oats)
- Gluten Free Granola - Be sure your granola has certified gluten free oats!
- Cherries - I prefer using fresh cherries, but they have such a short season that you can use frozen cherries too.
- Vanilla Yogurt (regular or dairy-free to keep this vegan)
Recipe Step By Step Directions:
I consider this a dump-and-go recipe because you literally dump your ingredients into a container, stir them up, then assemble them into jars with the fruit and yogurt in the morning.
Step 1: Start with your chia seeds. I find it is easier to use a glass food storage container or make it in small mason jars!
Step 2: Add your favorite non-dairy milk. I personally like using oat milk because it is really creamy. Not all oat milk is gluten free, so check to see; Is Oat Milk Gluten Free for a list. If you can't eat gluten free oats, then any non-dairy milk will also taste great.
Step 3: Stir the chia seeds and milk together with a spoon. Cover the container with the lid.
Step 4: Place the air-tight container into the refrigerator. Wake up and stir.
If you are fully meal prepping this recipe, use a cherry pitter to prep your fresh cherries. Place a cherry into the pitter and press down the lever to remove the pits. Store the pitted cherries in another small air-tight container.
Step 5: Your pudding is ready the next morning. Spoon layers of this oat milk chia pudding, vanilla yogurt, granola, and cherries into a mason jar.
You can also try adding blueberries and other fresh fruits to this recipe. You really can't go wrong with this healthy chia pudding with coconut milk. It's a healthy vegan breakfast and so delicious!
Chia Pudding Mix-Ins:
- Try making homemade gluten free granola. It is quick and easy and takes just minutes. If you are paleo, this paleo granola recipe is great and has no oats or grains!
- Slivered Almonds and other nuts.
- Shredded Coconut
- Mini Chocolate Chips - Cherries and chocolate taste really good together!
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
You can freeze chia pudding, but it may affect the texture when it is thawed out again. Freezing tends to make the oat milk more water as well.
Chia pudding can have a little bit of a slimy texture...not too different from tapioca pudding. You can add more chia seeds to thicken the pudding more to eliminate a little of this.
Chia pudding is packed full of nutrients. Protein, Omega 3s, Fiber, Calcium, and more. They make a healthy addition to not only this chia pudding, but they are great for baking!
If you love tasty, healthy breakfast recipes, give these Oatmeal Breakfast Bars a try as well! This recipe was updated from an older June 2014 post with new photos and better directions.
More Easy Pudding Recipes:
- This easy Gluten Free Rice Pudding makes a wonderful dessert if you love rice pudding.
- This Homemade Tapioca Pudding is thick and creamy and is one of my kid's favorites.
- We always have gluten free ends and crusts in our freezer...the kids don't like it, so we use it to make this Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding recipe.
Oat Milk Chia Pudding With Cherries
- ½ cup chia seeds Use whole chia seeds.
- 1 cup oat milk * see note
- ½ cup fresh cherries fresh or frozen
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt regular or non-dairy
- ⅓ cup granola * see note
- Grab an air-tight container. Add the chia seeds to the container.
- Pour in the oat milk and stir the chia seed mixture.
- Cover tightly and place the container into the refrigerator to sit overnight.
- Meal prep the cherries by removing the pits and placing them into a small air-tight container. Place into the refrigerator.
- In the morning, create parfaits by layering the chia pudding, yogurt, cherries, and granola.
- Not everyone with celiac or gluten intolerance can eat gluten free oats. If you can't eat oats, you can use any non-dairy milk.
- Some oat milk brands are not gluten free, check to see if the oat milk you have is gluten free.
- This chia pudding will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
Coconut milk in a can or from the dairy section?
Hi Trish, for this recipe I used coconut milk from the dairy section. Thank you 🙂
This sounds wonderful to me! I love chia seed puddings and think coconut and cherry sound fabulous! Another I really love is with mango - so good!
Thank you so much Amy...mango does sound delicious too!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
This looks delicious and so healthy! Pinning this to make later!
Thank you so much Sam 🙂
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
I have tried it. I reminds me of "tiny" tapioca balls....but healthier. I use chia in lots of different recipes. It is a very nutritious addition for sure.
That is a fun way to look at it. My kids love tapioca so maybe I should just market it to them differently 🙂
I definitely need to try this! I have chia seeds but only seem to remember to use them sparingly!
Thank you so much Jenni 🙂
I like chia pudding. Two of my favorites that I make are a blood orange and a banana macadamia nut. I will have to try your coconut and cherry combo. It looks good!
Yours sounds delicious Tiffany!
I'm not a pudding fan and I've never made anything with so I'm the perfect test case for whether this chia pudding can win over converts. I'm willing to try:) In any event, my family loves pudding and my daughter keeps mentioning how good chia seeds are for you, so I'm looking to experiment. The good news is that I love both cherries and coconut:)
Let me know how it turns out Laura 🙂