Lately I’ve been all about the fats in the morning so I love starting my day with these grain-free coconut chia pudding breakfast bowls. These healthy and grain-free bowls are easy to make, can be made the night before, are customizable to suit your preference and are packed with nutrition and healthy fats that help keep you going all morning. This recipe is vegan, naturally gluten-free, oil-free and sugar-free.

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All About Coconut Chia Pudding

You can customize these chia pudding breakfast bowls any way you like. This is more of a guideline on how to build your own chia pudding bowl than an actual recipe.

How to Make the Pudding

I make the base with unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds and almond milk. Simply mix the coconut and chia seeds with any plant-based milk and let it sit for a 5-10 minutes, then add your toppings and dig in. I don’t use any sweetener but like to add a bit of fruit like blueberries or strawberries for a hint of sweetness. You can make this the night and let it sit overnight as well.

What Liquid to Use

I use almond or cashew milk to make this chia pudding but you can also just use water. For double coconut flavour, you could also try a coconut milk chia pudding. I would probably use light coconut milk though or it would be a bit too heavy.

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Best Chia Pudding Toppings

Get into your pantry and bust out all your favourite toppings. The more the merrier! My favourites are berries and almond butter but here are some more yummy ideas:

Nuts and seeds are also a good source of important minerals like magnesium, iron and selenium, as well as fibre, antioxidants and vitamins, so it’s a good idea to include a variety of nuts and seeds in your diet each day.

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Get Those Omega-3’s

My favourite thing about this bowl is getting some essential omega-3 fatty acids into my diet. Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) support overall health through a wide array of benefits but they are particularly important for normal heart, nerve, and brain function. The benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids include the following:

  • Supports brain function, memory, and cognitive health
  • Supports cardiovascular and heart health
  • Pain management of rheumatoid arthritis in adult
  • Development of the brain, eyes, and nerves in children
  • Improved mental and emotional well-being
  • Overall good health
  • Normalizing and regulating cholesterol triglyceride levels.

Omega-3 deficiency is common due the excess consumption of omega-6 fats coming from processed foods and hydrogenated oils, both common in the Standard American Diet (SAD). An imbalanced ration of omega 6 to omega 3 fats can cause systemic inflammation in the body leading to chronic disease and other symptoms like poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings and joint pain.

Flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts are all great sources, as are some veggies like brussels sprouts and cauliflower and seaweed. You should try to consume these foods on a daily basis to make sure you’re getting enough. If you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, I also recommend taking an omega-3 supplement. I talk more about the important of omega-3 in my post on anti-inflammatory living and anti-inflammatory breakfasts.

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Simple Plant-Based Eating

You’ll notice I’ve mostly just been sharing simple meals I’ve thrown together that don’t require a recipe. I used to be so worried about posting the most creative, amazing recipes but I’ve kinda let that go lately. That’s not how I eat or cook on a day-to-day basis so why put pressure on myself to come up with those kind of dishes?

I hope you guys still enjoy these easy meal ideas and inspirations. I want the “recipes” I share to be practical and as realistic to how I actually eat as can be. That being said, I do tend to go in phases where I’ll just throw things together for months then go back to creating recipes again. I’m sure it has something to do with the weather. I like to keep things really simple during the warmer months. The blog will always be evolving and I appreciate you all sticking around through the changes in how I eat and therefore what I share with you.

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Coconut Chia Pudding

You’ll love these simple coconut chia pudding breakfast bowls. All you need to do is mix up the coconut and chia pudding base and then add some toppings and you’re good to go. You can make the pudding ahead of time or even leave it overnight but it will firm up in just a couple of minutes so you can make it on the fly too.

Breakfast, Snack or Dessert

These bowls are perfect for breakfast but you can also eat coconut chia pudding for a snack or dessert. To make it a dessert, drizzle it with melted dark chocolate and pure maple syrup. For a snack, keep it simple and just add some berries to sweeten it up.

Recipe Nutrition Details

One serving of this chia pudding provides 235 calories with 15 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein. You’ll also be getting 13 grams of dietary fibre and about 30% of your daily iron and calcium needs.

This does not include any toppings so you’ll have to adjust that depending on what you add. If you top the pudding with 1 tbsp of almond butter, 1/2 cup of fresh berries and 2 tsp of cacao nibs, the entire dish will be 400 calories with 30 grams of carbs, 27 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein with 18 grams of fibre.

More Chia Seed Recipes

For more chia seed recipes, try my:

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Coconut Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowls

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: No-Bke
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These grain-free healthy breakfast bowls take minutes to prepare and can be enjoyed with any toppings you have on hand. Try it topped with fresh berries, almond butter and cacao nibs.




  1. Mix up the chia seeds, coconut and liquid in a bowl and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add your toppings and enjoy.


Optional Topping Ideas: peanut butter, almond butter or tahini, almonds, cashew, walnuts or pecans, raisins, goji berries or chopped dates, toasted coconut flakes, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, fresh or frozen berries, peaches or other fruit of choice, melted coconut butter


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 13 g
  • Protein: 7 g

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