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Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut

April 30, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Dive into the deliciousness of this Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut. It's oh-so creamy, flavorful, and simple to prepare. It makes such a great make-ahead breakfast and even doubles as a healthy dessert!

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut

Indulge in the luscious delight of our Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding---a perfect fusion of flavors for a heavenly vegan dessert or a morning treat. Topped with delightful flaked coconut + drizzled with homemade caramel sauce, this recipe combines the richness of espresso and the creamy goodness of coconut milk. It's a decadent effortless meal that makes for the perfect start to your day or a sweet ending to any meal. Completely Vegan + Gluten-free. Make-ahead option.

Glass of Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut.

Sure, I love a healthy chia pudding or overnight oats for breakfast. It's filling, full of fiber and healthy fats and SO easy to customize the flavor and this Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut is truly delish! 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 + 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.

After this, you might just find yourself craving more chia pudding excitement! You have to give my Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding next, and for those loving the coconut vibes try out my Coconut Raspberry Chia Pudding creation. And there's more – check out my other post, Healthy Chia Pudding - 3 Ways with flavors like apple pie + peanut butter chocolate. YUM.

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Two glass cups of Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding topped with Coconut.

Why You Will Totally LOVE This Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding

  • Super rich + indulgent caramel flavor
  • Energizing coffee kick
  • Easy to make + ready in just 20 minutes!
  • Healthy + oh-so satisfyingly creamy
  • Perfect for breakfast or dessert! Thats a win-win!
Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut in a glass.

How to Make Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding

Making chia pudding is fun + 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.

Ingredients

CHIA PUDDING:

  • Chia seeds.
  • Agave syrup. It's not refined + it's liquid, so it dissolves easily. 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. You can also use Instant coffee. Feel free to use an equal amount of instant coffee to get the jolt of bitterness + coffee flavor in the pudding. You can also use decaf espresso so your dessert doesn't keep you up all night.
  • Vanilla extract. I find the brand Nielsen-Massey to be amazing and of such good quality!
  • Coconut flakes. For the topping!

SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BAKING, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS CHIA PUDDING!

Here, I’ve curated a list of baking + cooking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding. Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Caramel Macchiato and Coconut with homemade caramel sauce dripping down the side.

Homemade Caramel Sauce for Chia Pudding

The cherry on top of this stunning vegan breakfast (or dessert) is the simple homemade caramel sauce. This is an easy recipe with ingredients you probably already have at home:

  • Brown sugar. Choose organic to make sure it's vegan.
  • Vegan butter. (You can also use regular butter if you are not vegan or dairy-free)
  • Full-fat coconut milk. This makes it super creamy and delicious.

Other Ways To Use Homemade Caramel Sauce

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

Spoon in a glass of Caramel Macchiato with homemade caramel sauce on the side.

How to Make Chia Pudding Overnight

To make chia pudding in advance or overnight is fairly simple. Follow the recipe steps and then tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). Remove the bowl from the fridge when ready to use and assemble the chia pudding per usual. You can also make the caramel sauce beforehand and store it in the fridge to drizzle on top!

Can I Use Other Types of Milk?

Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milkcashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.

Chia Seed Health Benefits

Perhaps the best health benefit of chia seeds is how rich they are in omega-3 fatty acids. These are the healthy fats that our bodies need but do not produce on their own. Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation and may fight free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic disease.

In addition, chia seeds can be added to almost anything. Sprinkle them on your sandwich, add some to your morning smoothie, or scoop a tablespoon into your cereal. No matter how you eat them, chia seeds are extremely beneficial to your diet!

Pudding in a glass topped with coconut.

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding Q + A's

How to store?

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!

Can I use another sweetener?

Yes of course! Feel free to use maple syrup or honey (if not vegan).

What is the best way to store the homemade 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.

Can I make a larger batch for meal prep?

Certainly! Scale up the ingredients to make a batch that lasts for a few days, ensuring you have a quick and delicious breakfast or snack ready.

More Downright Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Try Next!

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Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding and Coconut in a glass.

Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding + Coconut

April 30, 2021
5 from 1 vote
Indulge in the luscious delight of our Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding---a perfect fusion of flavors for a heavenly vegan dessert or a morning treat. Topped with delightful flaked coconut + drizzled with homemade caramel sauce, this recipe combines the richness of espresso and the creamy goodness of coconut milk. It's a decadent effortless meal that makes for the perfect start to your day or a sweet ending to any meal. Completely Vegan + Gluten-free. Make-ahead option.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

CHIA PUDDING:

  • ½ cup chia seeds 
  • 2 Tbsps Agave syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or cream (See Notes!)
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (You can also use Instant coffee)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract

HOMEMADE VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsps vegan butter
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 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 VEGAN 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 vegan 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 coconut milk 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 7mg

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