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Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut

Make a decadent chia pudding with caramel macchiato flavors topped with flaked coconut.

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut

This Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding is topped with flaked coconut for a decadent vegan dessert or breakfast treat with homemade caramel sauce, espresso and coconut milk. 

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with coconut in a glass

Sure, I love a healthy chia pudding or overnight oat for breakfast. It’s filling, full of fiber and healthy fats and so easy to customize the flavor. Ever since I started eating less dairy, I’ve loved vegan breakfasts like Vegan Superfood Breakfast Cookies and Vanilla Overnight Oats with Maple Spiced Pears

But lately, I’ve been thinking that chia isn’t just for breakfast! The texture of chia pudding is really perfect for dessert too, it’s so spoonable and creamy. And when you add sweet flavorings, it’s easy to elevate chia pudding into a decadent treat. I was inspired by my own recipe for Chai Latte Chia Pudding and thought, why not transform another delicious coffee house drink into an edible vegan treat? Enter: caramel macchiato chia pudding.

two glass cups of Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding topped with Coconut

Yes, this chia pudding is sweet, rich and creamy. But I won’t judge if you still consider it breakfast! After all, I’ve been known to dig into a tall stack of  Fluffy Vegan Oreo Pancakes on more than one weekend morning. 

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut

How to Make Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding

Making chia pudding is fun and easy because the magical little chia seeds do all of the work for you. As they sit, they absorb liquid and firm up into a creamy and fluffy texture. 

And the best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t need to rest overnight to be ready to serve. After you mix everything together, it’s ready to serve after just 15 minutes. 

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut with caramel sauce dripping down the side

Ingredient Notes

A few helpful notes on the ingredients for your caramel macchiato chia puddings:

  • Agave syrup. I like this liquid sweetener because it’s not refined and it’s liquid, so it dissolves easily. It’s also fully vegan. You can swap it out for maple syrup, vegan honey or regular honey if you’re not vegan. 
  • Coconut milk or cream. The richness of full-fat coconut milk is what really puts this chia pudding into dessert territory. If you’d rather keep the pudding lighter, you can use light coconut milk or another plant-based milk option. 
  • Espresso powder. Feel free to use an equal amount of instant coffee to get the jolt of bitterness and coffee flavor in the pudding. You can also use decaf espresso so your dessert doesn’t keep you up all night. 

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut with caramel sauce on the side

Caramel Sauce for Chia Pudding

The cherry on top of this stunning vegan dessert is the simple homemade caramel sauce. Note that this sauce is not vegan, but you can find delicious vegan caramel sauces made with dates at many grocery stores.

This is an easy recipe with ingredients you probably already have at home:

  • Brown sugar. Choose organic to make sure it’s vegan. 
  • Butter
  • Heavy whipping cream

Plus, this caramel sauce recipe makes a tasty addition to much more than chia pudding. You can store it in the fridge and drizzle caramel on:

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut in a glass

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Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut

Prep Time: 5 mins
Chill Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2 servings
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Ingredients

CHIA PUDDING:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds 
  • 2 Tbsps Agave syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or cream (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (You can also use Instant coffee)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract

HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsps unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of sea salt

TOPPINGS:

  • Coconut flakes

Instructions

CHIA PUDDING:

  • Add all ingredients to a medium-size bowl, stirring together until well combined.
  • Let mixture sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes or until it begins to thicken and becomes creamy. Stir slightly.
  • In the meantime, make the caramel sauce.

HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • Heat the brown sugar in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and stir constantly using a rubber spatula until clumps are formed. Add butter and continue to stir until everything has melted and become a dark 'amber-like' color. Continue to stir consistently until fully melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, slowly whisk in the heavy cream and continue stirring until well incorporated and sauce has fully thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before using. Set aside.
  • To serve, add chia pudding to a cup or jar and top with caramel sauce followed by coconut flakes. Drizzle additional caramel sauce, if preferred.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
  • SWEETENER: Instead of Agave, you can simply use maple syrup.
  • OVERNIGHT OPTION: Follow steps and then tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).
  • STORAGE (CARAMEL SAUCE): Leftover caramel sauce can be stored in a tightly sealed mason jar for up to two weeks. When ready to use, simply reheat sauce in the microwave at 15 second intervals until softened and at room temp.

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