Dragon fruit chia pudding made with almond milk yogurt and topped with an avocado cacao mousse. This chia pudding is vegan, gluten-free and delicious as a snack or breakfast!
I finally found frozen organic dragon fruit and started to mess around with the idea of using it in a chia pudding. The color is undeniably beautiful, and it’s already a little bit on the sweeter side, which means less added sugar. I’ve been making and eating chia pudding almost every single day for the past couple of weeks, and this dragon fruit chia pudding is one of my favorite versions!
Vegan Dragon Fruit Chia Pudding & Cacao Mousse
Lately, I’ve been using almond milk yogurt in my chia pudding to make sure that it’s extra creamy and filling enough for breakfast. The best tip that I have for making sure that the chia seeds really soak up enough of liquid is mixing the crap out of your chia pudding. I first add the chia seeds into a bowl with almond milk, and mix that together to start the process. After that’s mixed together, I add it to a wide mouth mason jar and add a small container of vanilla almond milk yogurt. I give that a generous stir, and then I put that aside.
Since we’re using frozen dragon fruit for this pudding, you can either put it in the fridge for an hour to thaw out a bit, or add it to a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes. This helps release the juices and it makes it easier to mix it into the pudding. Once the dragon fruit is slightly thawed, break it into pieces while still in the package, and then add the pieces to your chia pudding. MIX, MIX, MIX, keep on mixing! I usually mix the chia pudding once it’s been in the fridge for an hour to make sure that there aren’t any chia seeds stuck to the bottom of the jar.
I pop the mason jar in the fridge over night, then mix it again in the morning before I eat it. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add other layers of yogurt, fruit and even avocado pudding or mousse for a really indulgent chia pudding! I added two teaspoons of pure coconut cream to each jar for even more creamy goodness. I knew this was a winner when my 6 year old, who has issues with any sort of creamy textured food, liked it!
If you try this dragon fruit chia pudding, tag me on instagram and use the hashtag #apolloandlunablog so I can see it!
Dragon Fruit Chia Pudding & Cacao Mousse
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- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 5 oz vanilla almond milk yogurt (or other non-dairy yogurt)
- 1 packet frozen dragon fruit (pitaya)
- 1 banana, cut into small slices
- optional toppings: avocado cacao mousse, fruit, yogurt, nut butters, maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp coconut cream
- half an avocado
- 1 banana
- splash of almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of almond milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds, then add to a mason jar.
- Add 5 oz vanilla almond milk yogurt to the mason jar and give it a good stir.
- Take 1 packet of frozen dragon fruit and let it thaw out for 15-20 minutes, or run it under hot water for a couple of minutes. While still in the package, break it into a few pieces.
- Add the dragon fruit to the mason jar and stir. Cover and place the mason jar in the fridge.
- After 1 hour, stir the chia pudding again and then place in the fridge over night.
- For the avocado mousse: blend half an avocado, one banana, 2 teaspoons coconut cream, 2 tablespoons cacao powder, maple syrup and a splash of almond milk.
- In the morning, enjoy your chia pudding as is, or top with avocado cacao mousse, fruit, maple syrup and whatever else you like!