Puddings in a Jar

By Melbourne Holistic Health Group | September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A 'Pudding in a Jar' is a fun and delicious way to increase nuts and seeds in your diet. We have provided a basic recipe to get you started. This recipe fills a jar or glass about 250ml in size. It is a good portion for breakfast or a substantial morning or afternoon snack. This pudding is filled with goodness from top to bottom, with every ingredient being of high nutritional value. The nuts and seeds are a wonderful source of fibre, protein, omega 3, magnesium, zinc. The use of coconut milk provides short chain fatty acids for which there is emerging evidence of benefit in the cardiovascular system. The serve of yoghurt provides calcium, protein and probiotic goodness.

Pudding in a Jar Recipe


  • 1 dessertspoon chia seeds
  • ¼ cup coconut milk or almond milk
  • Approx 8-10 almonds
  • Approx 5 walnuts
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp pepitas
  • ½ cup mixed berries or other seasonal fruit
  • ¼ cup natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp coconut flakes

Ensure that there are no chia seeds stuck to the side or bottom of the jar.


  1. In a dry clean jar, combine the chia seeds and the coconut/almond milk. Stir well so that the chia seeds are well combined with the milk. The pudding should set in about 7-10 minutes. The pudding at this stage can also be left overnight to set.
  2. Place a layer of fruit over the chia pudding. For this recipe we are using mixed berries, but you can use any type of fresh fruit, depending on what is in season. 
  3. Place a layer of nuts and seeds over the fruit. You can leave them whole or you can grind them. If using whole nuts, try to soak them overnight in water so that the protein is activated making it more bioavailable and easily digested.
  4. Finish the pudding off with a layer of natural yoghurt, and coconut flakes on top.
  5. Take a photo of your beautiful pudding! They can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours. 
  6. When ready to eat, mix it all together and enjoy.

Get creative with your nut and seed combinations!

Getting Creative with Layers

As mentioned, the recipe provided is a basic one to get you started. Once you get familiar with how to put a 'Pudding in a Jar' together, you can replace the ingredients to suit your tastes and even your health requirements.

Ideas for different layers:

  • A crushed nut and seed bottom layer with the chia pudding on top for a cheesecake-like texture.
  • A seed layer for those who are familiar with our IBS seed breakfast.
  • A layer of tahini or nut butter for added protein.
  • For a non-dairy option, using coconut or soy yoghurt, or a cashew cream.
  • A vegetable layer for a savoury 'pudding' - try grated carrot or zuchinni with ground cardamom and cumin seeds in the seed mix.
  • Different types of fruit- figs, mango (coming into season soon), kiwi and many more.
  • A layer of granola for a breakfast pudding.
  • Layers of different pre-cooked grains like brown rice or quinoa.
  • Adding raw cacao to the chia pudding for a choco-coconut delight.

Click here to see more recipes for 'Puddings in a Jar'.


Chia pudding and mango

They look great in a glass and served as dessert for a dinner party!

Breakfast pudding with granola


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