For an easy and mouth watering dessert, I highly recommend that you get to know chia seeds. Especially chia pudding. My Cherry Pie Chia Pudding uses fresh cherries, Califia Farms coconut milk, and a simple plant-based streusel topping that tastes like pie crust. I love Califia Farms coconut milk because it’s unsweetened, completely plant-based and super creamy. Yum!!
This Cherry Pie Chia Pudding is a deconstructed cherry pie. A cherry pie that married pudding and had a love child called Cherry Pie Chia Pudding. Does that even make sense? Yes, I believe it does. You’re welcome!
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are the edible seeds of a flowering plant called Salvia hispanica. A fancy way of sawing that this plant is part of the mint family. Chia seeds are oval with black and white spots.
These tiny powerhouses are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and help raise HDL (the good) cholesterol. Chia seeds can help boost energy and allegedly contributes to lowering body weight due to it’s fiber content of 5 grams per tablespoon.
Chia seeds can be added to shakes and smoothies. Chia seeds absorb a significant amount of liquid and gel up which makes them so perfect for pudding.
Ingredients for Cherry Pie Chia Pudding
- Cherries: Fresh cherries are definitely the way to go with this chia pudding recipe. Frozen cherries are fine too.
- Chia seeds: Nowadays you can find chia seeds in almost any grocery store in the health food section. They are relatively inexpensive too.
- Coconut milk: I use different kinds of plant milk. I love coconut milk by Califia Farms because it’s the only coconut milk I’ve found so far to be the purest and thickets.
- Honey: You can also use maple syrup for your chia pudding. I just love the way honey and fresh cherries taste together.
- Lemon: In my humble opinion, lemons is the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket of citrus fruit. Extremely versatile and the perfect acid for cutting sweetness of a dish.
- Vanilla extract: Use a good quality vanilla extract if possible. I get that a bottle of vanilla extract can cost the same as a months rent in NYC. There is a way you can save some bucks, if you love vanilla. Two words: Vodka and vanilla beans!
- Flour: Unbleached all-purpose flour is the way to go. If you want a gluten-free crumble, replace the flour with almond meal and oat flour.
- Butter: I use Earth Balance vegan butter. It has a very realistic buttery flavor.
- Oats: Old fashion rolled oats will work the best for this pie crumple. They are thicker and heartier than instant oats.
- Walnuts: Any nut will do, but walnuts just seem to taste the yummiest with cherry pie!
- Cinnamon: Either grate a cinnamon stick or use ground cinnamon, the ball is in your court.
- Nutmeg: Same as cinnamon. freshly grated nutmeg rocks, and so does already ground.
- Salt: Use a nice fine sea-salt.
How to make Cherry Pie Chia Pudidng
- Add all the chia pudding ingredients to a large container. Whisk until all ingredients are combined. Chill it overnight.
- The next day, start with the pie crumble. Mix the crumble ingredients together by cutting the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until you get small pebbles and sandlike texture. Spread it out on a baking sheet and bake!
- While the pie crumble is baking, pit your cherries and add them to a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients (except cornstarch) Simmer! The cornstarch will thicken the cherries.
- Make sure all the moving parts have cooled to room temperature before assembling.