Black Forest-Style Chia Pudding

This recipe is great, because it looks, sounds and tastes like a dessert… but you can eat it for breakfast! There’s zero cooking involved, and minimal hassle. Chia seeds are these tiny, spherical beads that don’t look like much upon first glance, but they’re jam-packed full o’ goodness! They’re rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, fibre and omega-3s, which are further enhanced with whatever trimmings you add into the mix.

They best soaked in coconut or almond milk, which helps to maximise nutrient absorption.

I’ve used whey protein to provide muscle fuel and sustenance, plus cherries for natural colour and sweetness.


Serves 1

  • 4 tsp of black or white chia seeds
  • 90ml of coconut or almond milk
  • 10-15 drops of liquid stevia, or 1tsp of Sweet Freedom
  • 4 tbsp of Greek yoghurt
  • 2 scoops (approx. 60g) of chocolate flavoured whey protein powder* (I used USN Pure Protein GF-1)

*You could use casein, if preferred, or a diet protein

  • A good handful of cherries (frozen are easiest)
  • A spoonful of almond or cashew nut butter (optional)


  • In a bowl or mug, pour the coconut milk over the chia seeds, stirring gently; add the stevia or Sweet Freedom. Cover and transfer to the fridge for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
  •  When you’re ready, sprinkle some cherries into the base of a jar, glass, or container of your choice (slice them in half if you want to). Pour half of the chia seed mixture over the top, which should now have a gelatinous-like consistency. Sprinkle a few more cherries over this layer.
  • In a separate container, whisk the yogurt with the protein powder, making sure there are no clumps. Layer this over the top of the cherries. Add the remaining cherries and their juice over the chocolate layer, finishing off with another chia seed layer.
  • Top with a spoonful of nut butter if wanted, a couple of extra cherries on the top, plus a sprinkling of cinnamon, cacao nibs or grated, dark chocolate.

Naughty but nice. :)


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About the Author

Zoë is a qualified nutritionist; she holds a BSc in Human Nutrition (Hons), and is currently working towards her certification in sports nutrition, awarded by the ISSN. What you eat can greatly impact your health, well-being and exercise performance. Therefore, Zoë is here to support you in reaching your goals by helping you to make informed dietary and supplement choices.
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