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Hayden Quinn's Chia Pudding Recipe
April 19, 2016

If you are looking for a nutritious and filling snack to help to kick those sweet cravings, Australian Institute of Fitness Master Trainer student Hayden Quinn has you covered with his Chia Pudding recipe.

Fruity, creamy and gluten free, this DELICIOUS treat has the perfect combination for the ultimate healthy dessert while packing plenty of Vitamin A and Vitamin C into your day.

Our Nutrition Expert Shivaun Conn says this snack is a much healthier option than your average pudding. “This snack is lower in sugar and saturated fat and higher in fibre and nutrients. It provides a slow release of energy and a great source of omega 3 which is great for brain and heart health.”

You can find coconut sugar from selected supermarkets in the Asian food aisle, or alternatively you can substitute with brown sugar, warmed honey or maple syrup.

If you are trying to watch calories, Hayden's Chia Pudding might only be a weekend treat!

Chia Pudding


PREPARATION: 15 MINS + standing



  • 250ml coconut milk

  • 2 tbs chia seeds

  • 1 tbs honey, warmed

  • 60g (¼ cup) coconut sugar

  • 1 mango, chopped into rough 1cm cubes

  • 1 banana, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbs roasted sunflower seeds

  • 2 tbs roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)


  • To soak your chia seeds, place coconut milk, seeds and honey in a large bowl; stir well to combine. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, or until chia seeds have softened. Alternatively leave to stand overnight.

  • Place coconut sugar and 60ml water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate until cooled completely.

  • Divide chia pudding among bowls, top with fruit and roasted seeds. Drizzle with coconut syrup, and enjoy!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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